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Star of the show as Dunbar sets ‘staggering’ record in Cambridge

15 May 2017

A painting by British artist Evelyn Dunbar (1906- 60) set a record price at auction for the artist at Cheffins’ Art & Design sale on May 11.

Public consultation to go ahead into British hallmarking overseas

15 May 2017

A public consultation into the use of British hallmarks for stamping items made overseas will be held after the general election in June, the British Hallmarking Council (BHC) has confirmed to ATG.

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New owner of Dreweatts plans to run auction business day-to-day

15 May 2017

The new boss of Dreweatts says he sees “huge potential” for the saleroom as it reverts to owner-management focused on its headquarters in Newbury.

No regrets as Stanley Gibbons breaks up Interiors unit

15 May 2017

Back in 2013 and with great fanfare, stamp dealership Stanley Gibbons revealed to the stock market that it had bought a group of art, antiques and collectables specialists.

Stanley Gibbons to ‘pursue remedies’ after Neville conviction

15 May 2017

Following the sentencing of former Mallett director Henry Neville for his part in an embezzlement case in April, Stanley Gibbons says it is “pursuing remedies for recouping the losses suffered as a result of these matters”.

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Tory party expected to water down plans for total ivory ban

15 May 2017

The Conservative Party is expected to rethink its previous pledge for a ‘total ban’ on ivory sales in its election manifesto, due for publication this week.

Firm seeks investment for appliance of science

15 May 2017

Art Analysis and Research is looking for investment to meet what it says is a growing demand for science-based research from auction houses, dealers and collectors.

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Dealer survey: customer focus tops ivory and Brexit as issues

08 May 2017

Boosting client confidence and keeping them better informed via new technology head the list of priorities for dealers, according to the LAPADA Members Survey 2017.

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Boston museum settles Nazi dispute

08 May 2017

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has settled a long-running dispute with the estate of a Jewish collector whose house contents was sold by the Graupe Auction House in Berlin in 1937.

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Turkey appeals against stargazer sale

08 May 2017

Last week’s spectacular $14.5m sale of an ancient ‘stargazer’ idol has been placed in doubt after the Turkish government challenged Christie’s right to sell it.

Nazi-looted picture withdrawn from sale in Austria

08 May 2017

Austrian saleroom im Kinsky has hit out at the “biased reporting” and “aggressive reaction” to its decision to offer a Nazi-looted painting at auction. With heightened media coverage about the consignment, the portrait of a Dutch merchant by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) was eventually withdrawn shortly before it was due to be offered in Vienna at the end of last month.

Trade greets tax reporting change delay

02 May 2017

A now-postponed plan by HMRC to require businesses and the self-employed to file tax returns quarterly rather than yearly “would create havoc” if it was imposed as scheduled in 2018, dealers have told ATG.

Books body rebrands training scheme after employment law shift

02 May 2017

The Antiquarian Bookdealers’ Association is to rebrand its young booksellers’ apprenticeship scheme as a training programme following a change in employment law.

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Royal family left red-faced as ivory gong sounds wrong note

02 May 2017

An ‘unworked’ ivory gong has been removed from exhibition at Sandringham House on the grounds that it was being used for commercial purposes.

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Travelling from London to honour Trafalgar hero

02 May 2017

A £100 Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund sword, one of 23 awarded to captains who fought at Trafalgar, sold for $235,000 (£173,000), plus 15% buyer’s premium, to one of six phone bidders competing at James D Julia in Fairfield, Maine, on April 11.

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‘Early Velázquez’ notified by state brings Spanish record

02 May 2017

A Spanish oil billed as an early work by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) sold for €8m (£7m) at the Madrid auctioneers Abalarte on April 25.

CINOA snubs resale right conference

02 May 2017

An attempt by collecting agencies and copyright organisations to establish a global treaty on Artist’s Resale Right has been met with strong opposition from international trade bodies.

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Old Master returned to Poland

02 May 2017

An Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

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Online buyers boost spend according to Hiscox Online Art Trade Report

02 May 2017

The overall value of online sales in the art market increased by 15% in the last year, though many buyers remain cautious about purchasing in this way, according to the annual Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.

EBay threat over Australian sales tax

28 April 2017

Online giant eBay is threatening to block Australian customers from buying from overseas firms if the government enacts laws to collect a tax from online sales.

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