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Mossgreen fights to survive with debts of Aus$12m

08 January 2018

Around 400 people and businesses are owed money by Australian auction house and gallery firm Mossgreen after it went into administration in December.

BAMF: how exemptions for ivory can work

08 January 2018

The British Art Market Federation (BAMF) has explained how exemptions for antiques could work in practice once the government’s proposed ivory ban comes into effect.

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Niche fair in Amsterdam covers Samurai armour

08 January 2018

A selective one-day 'Samurai Armor Fair' launches next month in Amsterdam.

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Ivory consultation: BAMF makes sacrifices in strategic pitch

08 January 2018

Focus on ‘museum quality’ and certification, says British Art Market Federation...

NAVA says preserve the status quo in ivory consultation bid

08 January 2018

Auctioneer and valuer association NAVA Propertymark does not agree with the terms of the ivory ban proposed by Defra and is calling for government to replicate existing ‘pre-1947’ rules.

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Cor blimey… have a butcher’s at this

08 January 2018

Cockney barrow boy-related jewellery is coming to auction in Salisbury later this month.

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Brewing up a storm: America’s first china teapot unearthed for £15

02 January 2018

A hitherto unrecorded teapot attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory has surfaced in the UK.

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CSK poster girls make return to auction rooms in Edinburgh

02 January 2018

Former Christie’s vintage poster specialists Nicolette Tomkinson and Sophie Churcher have teamed up with Lyon & Turnbull to launch dedicated auctions this year.

House of Lords debates ivory question

02 January 2018

Battle lines have been set during a House of Lords debate about the proposed ivory ban.

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Rupert Wace sells ancient Babylonian rarity in ‘London Art Week’ show

02 January 2018

A Babylonian brick with a stamped inscription was among the sales dealership Rupert Wace Ancient Art made as part of its December exhibition Dizygotica.

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The first American porcelain – new discoveries

02 January 2018

For more than a generation students of American ceramic history were taught that the first successful producers of porcelain in North America were Gousse Bonnin (1741-c.1780) and George Anthony Morris (1741/5-73), who ran the short-lived American China Manufactory in Philadelphia between 1769 and 1772.

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Aristophil trophy lots declared ‘national treasures’

02 January 2018

The Marquis de Sade’s manuscript, '120 Days of Sodom', and André Breton’s 'Surrealist Manifestos' have been declared national treasures by the French government and were withdrawn from a planned auction.

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Fakes vex us more than Brexit say readers

02 January 2018

Buyer’s premium and a proliferation of fakes in the art and antiques world are the biggest concerns for the trade, ahead of Brexit issues or regulation, according to the latest ATG reader survey.

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Oceanic landmarks passed in Paris auctions

02 January 2018

Paris’ status as a centre of the tribal art market was underscored this season with a brace of high prices in the field of Oceanic art.

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Hansons to hold London sales in 2018

18 December 2017

Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers is opening a London saleroom, with plans to host fine art and antiques auctions once a month from February 2018.

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Ring recalls Nelson Band of Brothers

18 December 2017

A gold memorial ring made for one of Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ – and containing a lock of the Admiral’s hair – sold for £20,000 (plus premium) at Duke’s of Dorchester on December 7.

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Wearing the Vorticist movement on your sleeve costs £29,000

18 December 2017

An extraordinary example of British avant-garde clothing made on the eve of the First World War sold for £29,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Mallams Oxford on December 8.

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Delacroix sketch sells at £2.6m

18 December 2017

Strong competition emerged for an oil sketch for Eugène Delacroix’s 'Liberty Leading the People' at Christie’s in London on December 14.

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Christie’s pulls Waldseemüller gores ‘pending further research’ over date

18 December 2017

A ‘rediscovered’ fifth copy of Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores from c.1507 was withdrawn from sale last week after a group of academics and dealers in the US expressed doubts over its authenticity.

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TEFAF commits to Maastricht fair

18 December 2017

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) is planning to reinvigorate its flagship Maastricht fair after agreeing a new deal to stay with the Dutch city until 2028.

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