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Mossgreen boss ‘devastated’ by firm’s closure

22 January 2018

Paul Sumner’s hopes of a restructure of Australian saleroom Mossgreen melted away last week after his proposed investment plan failed and the administrator began winding down the business.

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Rountree Tryon downsizes as St James’s rents rise

22 January 2018

Rising rents and business rates in central London have forced Rountree Tryon Galleries to downsize.

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North Mymms’ contents to be sold at Sworders auction

22 January 2018

Sworders is to sell the primary contents of North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century.

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High Court rules in favour of Simon de Pury over ‘gentleman’s agreement’

22 January 2018

A precedent-setting legal dispute over a $10m (£7.2m) fee relating to the 2014 sale of a $210m Paul Gauguin painting has been won by auctioneer turned art adviser Simon de Pury.

TEFAF report to be replaced by focused studies

22 January 2018

The annual TEFAF art market report has been scrapped in favour of a number of smaller, focused reports.

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Philanthropist’s Paul Cézanne oil up for sale at Freeman’s auction

22 January 2018

London is to host a viewing of a small oil painting by Paul Cézanne ahead of its sale in the US.

Antiques Roadshow to review approach to ivory

15 January 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is reviewing its approach to ivory after campaigners called for a ban of ivory objects on screen.

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Nelson memorabilia sails into London

15 January 2018

A collection of remarkable Nelson memorabilia from the Battle of Trafalgar on offer at Sotheby’s includes a large fragment of the Union Jack believed to have flown from HMS Victory at Trafalgar.

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Learn from luxury goods, says LAPADA

15 January 2018

How art and antiques can learn from the world of luxury goods and take advantage of Brexit will be the focus of the LAPADA Conference next month.

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2016-17 museum donations rise in boost for inheritance tax scheme

15 January 2018

Donations to museums via inheritance tax schemes grew 22% in the past year, according to the latest Arts Council annual report.

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Antiquities trafficking unit formed in New York

15 January 2018

Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R Vance Jr, has formed an Antiquities Trafficking Unit to focus on potentially looted artefacts in New York.

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Digital crime tops trade fears

15 January 2018

Cyber security is among the biggest concerns for dealers and auctioneers, according to the latest ATG survey.

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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.

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