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Export of harpsichord by Joseph Mahoon put on hold by minister

21 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting it in the hope a UK buyer can be found.

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Bonhams focuses on contemporary and online with new hires

21 January 2019

Bonhams has made a trio of hires as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September.

Christie’s Bacon case lifts lid on private sale manoeuvres

21 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

Gallery takes legal action against Christie’s over private sale of Francis Bacon painting

16 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

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Government issues export bar for 18th century harpsichord in hope of finding UK buyer

15 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting the instrument by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Natural history specimens: Article 10 numbers now essential in catalogue descriptions

14 January 2019

New rules are now in force regarding the sale of those natural history specimens that require Article 10 certificates.

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Auction house Keys plans for future after split from parent company

14 January 2019

Norfolk auction house Keys has marked the end of its 65th year in business by gaining independence from its estate agency parent company.

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Twin touches of early glass shine in the regions

14 January 2019

Serendipity had it that two important, but scantily catalogued, lots of European glass emerged for sale in the south of England in early January.

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Pick of the week: Buyer does give a hoot for splendid Athenian coin

14 January 2019

The Athenian silver dekadrachm c.469/465-460BC is among the ancient world’s most celebrated coins – and a splendid example appeared for sale in New York last week.

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Trade associations to mount survey on financial impact of ivory ban

14 January 2019

Art market trade bodies are commissioning a survey to assess the potential financial impact on buyers, sellers and collectors of antique ivory of a law that will usher in a near-total ban on the UK ivory trade.

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Antique dealer's son to auction extensive collection of oak furniture and delftware at Bonhams

09 January 2019

A fine collection of antique oak furniture, treen and delftware owned by Pelham Olive, the son of dealer and co-founder of the Regional Furniture Society Gabriel Olive, is to be sold at Bonhams.

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We need clarity on customs, say art shippers

07 January 2019

UK art shippers are urging the government to speed up Brexit ‘deal or no deal’ preparations at the country’s major ferry ports as the UK prepares to leave the European Union on March 29.

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More of ‘America’s first porcelain’ surfaces in UK

07 January 2019

A previously unrecorded teabowl and saucer attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory is expected to bring a six-figure sum when offered for sale in Salisbury next month.

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‘A good way of getting it out there’: quartet of dealers take auction route in early 2019

07 January 2019

Four well-known dealerships have teamed up with auction houses for major sales of stock in the early months of the year.

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Christie’s wins fight in France to charge resale right on buyers not sellers

07 January 2019

Supreme Court in Paris rules that auction house can now charge buyers rather than sellers for artist levy.

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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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The year of the Dragon – Chinese bronze sculpture could be Summer Palace discovery

21 December 2018

Did the final days of 2018 provide the year’s greatest discovery? Bidders who pursued a bronze dragon head from €20,000 to €2.4m (£2.2m) at the Drouot in Paris on December 17 certainly thought so.

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Crab grabs Martin Brothers record at Phillips’ auction

21 December 2018

A new auction record for the idiosyncratic stonewares of the Martin brothers was established at Phillips’ Design sale in New York.

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Chinese peach at auction shows longevity in the market

21 December 2018

Estimated at £40-60, this unusual Chinese scholar’s object took £32,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at a recent auction at Rogers Jones in Cardiff.

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Early Pink Floyd poster group beats estimate at auction

21 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of 1966 Pink Floyd designs.

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