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Cromwell Place hub in discussions with top museums

11 September 2017

The new art hub at Cromwell Place plans to host exhibitions by international museums, release specially developed technology for art-world professionals and provide flexible working spaces and art storage, it was revealed last week.

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Bidding leaps for Aus$70,000 kangeroo salts

11 September 2017

A set of four Victorian kangaroos salts made by silversmiths Hunt & Roskell sold for Aus$70,000 (£42,000) as part of the Fairfax collection at Leonard Joel in Sydney on August 31-September 2.

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Turkey's Stargazer claim sets ‘disastrous precedent’ says Christie’s

04 September 2017

Christie’s has said Turkey’s claim to own an ancient Anatolian idol that has been on American soil for over half a century sets “a disastrous precedent for collectors, museums and the art market”.

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All eBay final value fees now subject to VAT

04 September 2017

For the first time eBay is applying VAT to the fees of its business sellers.

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From the Coromandel Coast to the Wrexham exhibition

04 September 2017

A group of six Indo-European solid ebony chairs (sold for £26,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Dawson’s of Maidenhead on August 26. The buyer bidding online via thesaleroom.com was from the London trade.

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From Albert to Victoria with love – a royal jewel saved for the nation

04 September 2017

A sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1840 has been ’saved for the nation’ after its purchase for the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Christie’s reacts to premium change

04 September 2017

Christie’s has reacted quickly to rival Sotheby’s announcement of a new premium structure (ATG No 2306) by increasing its own buyer’s premium.

Sotheby’s tears up online-only pricing model

28 August 2017

Sotheby’s has upped the ante in the digital auction space by scrapping buyer’s premium for online-only sales.

Chinese auctioneers hope British advice on non-payment fits the bill

28 August 2017

The Chinese auction market is attempting to tackle non-payments with a series of initiatives debated at the Chinese Antiques and Artwork Auction International Forum last week.

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Brush washer on offer in HK sale

28 August 2017

A Song dynasty brush washer, one of the few examples of Ru guanyao court ware still in private hands, will be offered by Sotheby’s Hong Kong with an estimate in excess of HK$100m on October 3.

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Medieval brooch is much loved by bidders at Hansons auction

28 August 2017

Seven phone bidders competed for this 15th century gold heart-shaped brooch, a medieval gift of love from the time of the Wars of the Roses, at Hansons in Derbyshire.

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Matthews contracts score at auction

28 August 2017

Sir Stanley Matthews’ first football contract showing the legend was paid a princely £5 a week has sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons.

Editor’s comment: Sotheby’s serious intent in the silly season

28 August 2017

It’s late August and the art market continues its summer slumber.

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Scam listings guides resurface

28 August 2017

Dealers and auctioneers are again being targeted by scam guides that seek to extort large sums of money in return for inclusion in worthless trade listings.

Criminal assets targeted in UK government's new act

28 August 2017

The new Criminal Finances Act, which is expected to come into force in September, gives police the power to seize art, antiques and jewellery in the same way as if it was cash.

Plans unveiled for Chiswick in South Ken

21 August 2017

Chiswick Auctions is to open its South Kensington showroom manned by a group of former Christie’s staff early next month.

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Canadian war hero’s Victoria Cross up at auction in London… in dollars

21 August 2017

A unique Victoria Cross and other awards won by one of the greatest heroes in Canadian history is to be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb on September 27.

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BADA heads to Shanghai preaching the merits of a self-regulating trade

21 August 2017

Self-regulation of the art and antiques trade was set to be the focus of an auction conference in Shanghai at the weekend.

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Marchant holds sale during New York Asia Week

21 August 2017

London dealership Marchant is to sell Chinese artworks at a dedicated auction in New York.

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Foundation aims to boost Old Masters

19 August 2017

Dealer Colnaghi is launching a foundation to bring Old Master paintings to a “21st century audience”.

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