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Three culture bill proposals to be debated in November

01 October 2018

Three proposals for a European Union law on the import of cultural goods have been tabled for ‘trilogue’ talks in November.

TEFAF 2018

Exhibitor mix shaken up for TEFAF Maastricht 2019

01 October 2018

One-fifth of exhibitors change as New York events impact TEFAF flagship.

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British grand piano from 1845 sells in Dallas auction

01 October 2018

Heritage Auctions in Texas sold this Broadwood amboyna and giltwood grand piano for $22,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at a recent auction. Evidently it had been on quite a journey.

Armada table at Adams auction

Table made of Spanish Armada ship parts up for auction at Adam's in Ireland

27 September 2018

A table made of wood and sculptural elements from a Spanish Armada galleon that was shipwrecked off Ireland’s west coast 430 years ago, and described as “one of the most important and earliest pieces of Irish furniture”, is to be offered by auction house Adam’s in October.

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Swan’s first bulb sheds light on Bonhams science and technology auction

24 September 2018

One of the earliest surviving incandescent light bulbs, made by the English physicist Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828-1914) in the 1870s, sold for £7500 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Bonhams’ sale titled Instruments of Science and Technology.

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Trade lobbying helps win reprieve on US imports of Chinese art and antiques

24 September 2018

The art and antiques trade celebrated a victory in the US after the Trump administration dropped plans for an import tax of 25% on art and antiques of Chinese origin.

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Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

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Fair sales of art and antiques at Saatchi and LAPADA

24 September 2018

The relaunched British Art Fair opened with a flurry of sales at its new London venue, the Saatchi Gallery.

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Chiswick Auctions shows its ambition with host of new starters and launches departments

17 September 2018

Chiswick Auctions’ hiring spree has continued with 12 new starters joining this summer, taking the firm to a headcount of 80.

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Chinese art consigned from outside US shines in New York auctions

17 September 2018

Ahead of a threatened import tax, overseas consignments of Chinese art were among the best sellers in the September Asian art sales in New York.

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House of Lords rejects ivory bill changes as legislation moves to next stage

17 September 2018

No amendments were accepted on behalf of the trade during the latest House of Lords debate on the bill.

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Tributes paid to influential Islamic art dealer Oliver Hoare

17 September 2018

Tributes have been paid to Islamic art’s ‘most influential’ dealer Oliver Hoare who has died aged 73 after a battle with cancer.

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Collection of dealer Robert Barley up at auction

17 September 2018

More than 500 lots of pictures, sculpture, furniture, textiles, architectural features and artefacts spanning 2000 years from the collection of the late Robert Barley, will come to auction at TW Gaze later this month.

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Christie's to offer one of the earliest pieces of ancient art in the US

17 September 2018

One of the earliest pieces of ancient art in the US, an ancient Assyrian relief that arrived in Virginia before the American Civil War, is being offered at auction.

Gloves

Gloves fit the bill as best of the LAPADA fair objects

17 September 2018

A pair of early 17th century gloves slipped into a top spot at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair last week.

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Specimen banknotes set house record at auction in Tring

17 September 2018

A book of specimen banknotes printed for locations across the world has set a house record for Tring Market Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) by selling for £205,000.

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Robert Brooks bows out as Bonhams sold to Epiris

10 September 2018

Bonhams’ chairman Robert Brooks is retiring from the auction house after selling the company to private equity group Epiris.

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Management team replaces Pratt at Bellmans

10 September 2018

West Sussex auction house Bellmans has reshuffled its top team following the departure of managing director Jonathan Pratt, who left to join Dreweatts last month.

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Britains' Lancers ride to £11,000 result

10 September 2018

Considering that W Britain began making his revolutionary hollowcast toy soldiers only in 1893, a set dating from just three years later certainly deserves the tag ‘early’.

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Art Business Conference: Why Christie’s is backing the decorative arts

10 September 2018

Christie’s executive Dirk Boll told delegates at the Art Business Conference that the decorative arts could be coming back into fashion.

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