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Poynter panels reunited after selling at Christie's and through dealer Rupert Maas

26 July 2021

Separated for over a century, a trio of small panels by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) have been reunited thanks to a dealer, an auction and two Australian Victorian art collectors.

Consultation on extending ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales

26 July 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on extending the near-total ban on the antique ivory trade in the UK beyond elephant tusks.

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Twelve works of art ‘saved for the nation’ after export licence blocks

26 July 2021

A dozen items deemed national treasures were bought by institutions between May 2018 and April 2020 with a value of £7.6m, according to the latest report.

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Queen Victoria’s bracelet joins coronet – with Butler’s help

26 July 2021

Humphrey Butler has announced the rediscovery of a bracelet from the famed suite of sapphire and diamond jewels made for a young Queen Victoria.

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French candelabra shine out at summer auction in Yorkshire

26 July 2021

Leading the Summer Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn was this pair of French ormolu-mounted, white marble and porphyry candelabra.

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Father and son both earned Polar Medals

26 July 2021

What is believed to be the only father and son Polar Medal group to be awarded more than doubled the top estimate at Warren & Wignall (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 14.

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Polar Medals sold at auction are believed to be the only father and son combination ever awarded

22 July 2021

What is believed to be the only father and son Polar Medal group to be awarded more than doubled the top estimate at Warren & Wignall (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 14.

DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley's Lover

A dozen ‘national treasures’ saved for the nation after export licence blocks

21 July 2021

A dozen items deemed national treasures were bought by institutions between May 2018 and April 2020 with a value of £7.6m, according to the latest report.

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Government launches consultation on extending antique ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales

20 July 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on extending the near-total ban on the antique ivory trade.

Portobello Road area flooding

Portobello dealers ‘left reeling’ as flood hits shops and arcades

19 July 2021

Portobello Road dealers are cleaning up after “a month of rain in 90 minutes” flooded homes and businesses in the area last week.

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Coronavirus rules relax but mask wearing to be the norm at antiques events

19 July 2021

Larger indoor fairs can go ahead in England now that coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed but many firms will retain coronavirus measures.

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Christie’s says Asian buyers now dominant

19 July 2021

Asian buyers have become the dominant force at the top end of the auction market, according to Christie’s.

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Sly bidder bags Lalique’s rare fox

19 July 2021

One of the rarest of all of the 31 car mascots made by Lalique between 1925-31 came up for auction at Kinghams in the Cotswolds.

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A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years

19 July 2021

Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.

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Super Mario 64 makes an equally super $1.35m

19 July 2021

Remarkable sums were paid for vintage video games at Heritage Auctions – including a record-breaking $1.35m (£1m) bid for Super Mario 64.

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Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking

12 July 2021

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is to raise concerns with the government about the impact of Brexit on antique gold and silver exports into the EU.

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Irish silver gilt chalice pre-dates Reformation

12 July 2021

This 6½in (16cm) Irish silver gilt chalice dating from c.1480 is a rare survival from before the Reformation.

Watercolour on paper by Sam Szafran

Growing gains early on at London Art Week

12 July 2021

Exhibitors at London Art Week have reported a good flow of visitors to galleries as well as demand for the online series of talks.

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Rare silver inkstand makes its mark among latest London auctions

12 July 2021

The overall performance of the latest London sales of Old Master pictures and ‘important’ works of art was fairly mixed but the auction houses did at least welcome the return of some big-ticket items.

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One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

12 July 2021

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news last week as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

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