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Gandolfi rediscovery sets house record in Leominster

02 April 2018

An oil on copper painting depicting Saint Joseph by the Bolognese artist Gaetano Gandolfi (1734-1802) was the highlight of Brightwells’ spring fine art sale in Leominster on March 21-22.

DEFRA spokesman says expect response to ivory consultation ‘shortly’

02 April 2018

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is expected to publish a response to the ivory ban consultation this month.

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UK buyer wins as €1.8m Meynier resurfaces

02 April 2018

A rediscovered neoclassical painting by Charles Meynier somersaulted nine times over its estimate to sell for €1.8m (£1.57m) at a sale in Nantes.

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Feel the force of Darth Vader demand

02 April 2018

When the first wave of Kenner Star Wars action figures began arriving on the market in 1978, the Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker figures came with ‘double telescoping’ light sabres.

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Diversity push launched as BBC’s Bargain Hunt is given another two years

02 April 2018

The BBC has put the production of antiques game show Bargain Hunt out to tender for a two-year contract, despite speculation that the long-running programme, now in its 50th series, would be axed in a drive to boost the quality of daytime TV output.

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Summer Palace bronze up at auction in Canterbury

26 March 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been discovered in a house in a Kent seaside town.

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National Portrait Gallery seeks help from trade to grow collection

26 March 2018

The UK's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has funding in place for vernacular portraits ‘owned by ordinary people’. It is calling on the trade to help it acquire works for a new exhibition centred on identity before the era of painted portraiture.

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Smith leaves Oxford by design to join Lyon & Turnbull expansion

26 March 2018

Lyon & Turnbull has appointed Philip Smith, former head of modern & post-war art and design at Mallams, to the newly created role of associate director for modern art and design.

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‘Bigger and better’ Liotard portrait sold to German museum

26 March 2018

A private museum in south-west Germany has bought a portrait by Swiss artist Jean- Etienne Liotard (1702-89) from London Old Master dealer Derek Johns.

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Classic Chinese works shine across New York Asia Week series

26 March 2018

More than $120m of Asian art was sold at auction during last week’s New York Asia Week.

‘Money-laundering’ limit to apply to all transactions

26 March 2018

The art and antiques trade is facing further money laundering regulation from the European Union.

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Clarice Cliff’s Age of Jazz back on centre stage

26 March 2018

An American private collector bid £15,000 for a rare Clarice Cliff figure group at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

New editions and additions to the European fairs calendar

26 March 2018

A cluster of new fairs is planned in Europe this year.

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Online sales hit ‘new high’ as market grows

19 March 2018

Online channels are an increasing source of new buyers for both auction houses and dealers, despite the art and antiques sector being behind the wider economy when it comes to use of ecommerce, a new global report says.

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Webb’s survives Mossgreen debacle

19 March 2018

Two businessmen from Auckland have rescued New Zealand auction house Webb’s from administration after the collapse of parent company Mossgreen.

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Archibald Knox silver inkwell among early sales at BADA fair

19 March 2018

Among the first sales of BADA 2018 was this modernist Archibald Knox silver and pink enamel inkwell sold from the stand of The Peartree Collection for more than £10,000.

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Core allegations dropped in Russian ‘fakes’ case

19 March 2018

An investigation in Germany into an Israeli art dealer, charged with being the ringleader of an international fraud ring, has concluded after the two central allegations against him were dropped.

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Anyone for real tennis – early 19th century rackets take £13,000 at Sworders

19 March 2018

An unexpected highlight of a recent sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was this set of four early real tennis rackets. They came from a client in the North of England and had been owned by the family for many years.

Art lending trend continues as auctioneers sign to finance firm

19 March 2018

Unbolted continues its move into the art and antiques sector with Holts the latest firm to offer its lending services to customers.

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Ivory debated on the breakfast sofa

19 March 2018

Leaders of four African countries have called on the UK and the EU to ban the trade in antique ivory to help stop elephant poaching.

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