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Consultation launched over offshore hallmarking

24 July 2017

Campaigners against ‘British’ hallmarking overseas have welcomed the launch of a consultation on the issue.

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British Art Market Federation report heads to Parliament

17 July 2017

The priorities, concerns and opportunities for the British art market are being taken directly to government with a new report launched this week.

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EU culture bill will ‘cripple trade’

17 July 2017

New EU rules designed to improve checks on imports of ancient artefacts “will cripple the legitimate international trade”, warns Vincent Geerling, chairman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art.

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Mark Law Dreweatts deal ‘delayed over funding’

17 July 2017

The completion of Mark Law’s deal to buy auction house Dreweatts from stamp dealer group Stanley Gibbons has been delayed due to a change in financial backing for the £2.4m purchase.

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Catching the goose at London Art Week

17 July 2017

Among the eye-catching pieces sold during London Art Week (June 30-July 7) was this reversible games board made in the late 16th or early 17th century in the northern province of Portuguese India, probably Bombay.

No change on ivory without consultation

17 July 2017

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is to push ahead with a consultation on the trade in ivory before making any changes to legislation.

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The Wright face at LAPADA Fair

17 July 2017

A dealer will offer what he believes is a Joseph Wright of Derby self-portrait at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair this autumn.

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Money laundering: know the rules

17 July 2017

The art and antiques sector is a target for money launderers and the industry must be aware of new regulations, a leading anti-corruption group has said.

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Chiswick Auctions makes bold move to fill vacuum after closure of Christie's South Kensington

10 July 2017

West London‘s Chiswick Auctions is to open a new showroom in South Kensington manned by at least eight former Christie’s staff.

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Guardi and Turner top Old Master sales

10 July 2017

The latest Old Master sales in London put in a solid performance with the overall total from last week’s auction series running at £115m (including premium) with one day sale still to take place at the time of going to press.

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Niche specialists launch auction firm for cameras and scientific instruments

10 July 2017

A new auction house is to open in London hoping to find a gap in the market for cameras, scientific and medical instruments.

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Reflections on the £390,000 ‘perfect storm’

10 July 2017

A moment of good old-fashioned saleroom drama emerged at Christie’s antiquities sale on July 5 when an Etruscan bronze mirror, estimated at £10,000-15,000, sold at £390,000 (plus 25/20/12% buyer’s premium). The buyer was a European institution.

Metropolitan Police’s art crime unit closed due to Grenfell pressures

10 July 2017

The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit is to temporarily close due to “unprecedented” demand within the force.

De Pury ‘cut out of gentleman’s agreement’

10 July 2017

A claim by former auctioneer turned art-advisor Simon de Pury that he is owed $10m for facilitating the sale of a work by Paul Gauguin was heard before the High Court in London last week.

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Mayfair centre Grays Mews to close due to Crossrail chaos

03 July 2017

Rocketing business rates and the impact of building works for Crossrail are to force the closure of Grays Mews.

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TEFAF takes first steps towards launching e-commerce platform

03 July 2017

TEFAF is to trial its own online selling platform at the fair organisation’s autumn New York event, with a view to building a permanent e-commerce presence.

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‘Swing from old to new’ evident in SLAD survey

03 July 2017

The number of art dealers specialising in modern and contemporary art in central London is growing, and outstripping dealers in period work.

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Dealers report sales at Masterpiece London

03 July 2017

A set of four silver-gilt candlesticks priced at £350,000 by Koopman Rare Art, were among the top sales on the opening day of Masterpiece London last week.

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Victoria Borwick's SOFAA speech: what dealers need from auctioneers

03 July 2017

BADA president and former MP for Kensington, Victoria Borwick, addressed SOFAA's biannual gathering of auctioneers on June 30. She tackled auctioneer-dealer relations, the ivory question, parliament's understanding of the antiques trade and the cultural property bill.

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Early Suffragette banner – a £13,600 charity shop find

03 July 2017

For more than 10 years after its donation, this Suffragette banner sat stowed away in a cupboard at a little charity shop in Leeds. On June 20 it sold at local saleroom Gary Don for £13,600 (plus 21% buyer’ premium).

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