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New York City says no need to publicise lot guarantees

16 May 2022

Auction houses will no longer be legally required to publicise guarantees on artworks sold in New York City when a repeal of business regulations goes ahead next month.

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A Knibb golden opportunity: table clock emerges in German auction

16 May 2022

This Charles II ebony and silvermounted table clock by the London golden-age clockmaker Joseph Knibb (1640-1711) emerged for sale in Germany.

Jack Metcalfe

‘Practical man’ makes Chippendale marquetry discovery

16 May 2022

A specialist in 18th century marquetry believes he has identified the craftsmen responsible for inlaid decoration on some of the finest English furniture.

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Warhol and Degas auction records fall in US

16 May 2022

Christie’s flagship sales of Modern and Contemporary art in New York produced a running total of $1.25bn (£1.02m) including premium from four evening auctions last week.

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Chiswick unveils saleroom move

16 May 2022

Chiswick Auctions is ‘going home’ after nearly 25 years.

Titian's The Penitent Magdalen

Vienna sale sets third-highest Titian price

16 May 2022

A late version of the Penitent Magdalen by Titian (c.1485- 1576) that surfaced at Austrian saleroom Dorotheum has sold for €4.1m (£3.5m).

Baccarat tantalus

Trunk and drunk at the same time for a party

16 May 2022

This remarkable Baccarat tantalus in the form of an elephant and howdah sold at Can$120,000 (£75,000) at an auction in Victoria, British Columbia.

Whytock and Reid table

Edinburgh dealership buys famous Scottish furniture brand

16 May 2022

Edinburgh firm Georgian Antiques has bought the brand of Whytock & Reid, one of the most famous names in Scottish cabinetmaking.

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East Bristol targets a score of 10 out of 10

16 May 2022

An auction house in Bristol is celebrating its 10th anniversary in business by holding 10 sales in as many days.

Kew Gardens scene

Panel show forms an orderly Kew

09 May 2022

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park is well known for selling garden items.

Soapstone seal

Winning the seal of approval: Emperor’s stamp from Wou Kiuan collection brings £13m

09 May 2022

A soapstone seal used by the emperor Qianlong to express his approval of paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection sold at auction in Hong Kong for HK$131m (£13m) on April 29.

Dunkirk scene by Ernest Procter

Dunkirk 1918 scene sets Ernest Procter record

09 May 2022

Setting a record price for the Newlyn artist Ernest Procter (1886-1935), a previously lost First World War scene generated strong competition at Lyon & Turnbull’s latest Modern Made auction.

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Woolley & Wallis internship aims to plug training gap

09 May 2022

Woolley & Wallis has launched an internship scheme to help train the next generation of art and antiques specialists.

Dolls made by Bergen-Belsen victims after liberation

‘Liberation dolls’ come to auction in Newbury

09 May 2022

When the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated on April 15, 1945, a party of British Red Cross nurses and doctors stayed and tended those they could help back to health.

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Snappy Dresser rewarded at £21,000

02 May 2022

The latest design sale at Roseberys featured this Aesthetic movement silver and ivory claret or water jug designed by Christopher Dresser.

Masterpiece London

Covid and data drive ticketing changes at fairs

02 May 2022

Dealers and fairgoers are having to come to terms with widespread changes in the ticketing of fairs.

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Xianfeng’s flask comes to auction

02 May 2022

Alastair Gibson Auctions has secured a remarkable Chinese imperial object with a Second Opium War provenance for a sale in London in the summer.

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Big funds raised for rediscovered mini Brontë

02 May 2022

In just two weeks The Friends of the National Libraries managed to raise $1.25m (£1m) to buy a rediscovered miniature book by Charlotte Brontë.

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Record for ‘MoMa’s’ Aalto smoking table

02 May 2022

This table by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) sold for €92,000 (£77,700) at Stockholms Auktionsverk in Helsinki – a record for the Finnish designer.

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Chinese export service still in the family since c.1755

02 May 2022

Dreweatts’ May 18 sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art includes a 42-piece Chinese export part service which has been in the same family since purchase in c.1755.

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