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Californian auctioneers unite to amend controversial new ‘collectables’ bill

18 April 2017

A coalition of California auction houses fighting to reword a new law governing the sale of autographed collectables has cleared its first legal hurdle.

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Tribal art gathering pace in regions

18 April 2017

Auctioneers and vendors are quickly discovering that Europe’s country houses, furnished with the routine period objects that no longer generate great excitement, can occasionally yield valuable souvenirs of a colonial past.

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Mark Wilkinson joins Stansted firm

18 April 2017

Former Bonhams and Christie’s specialist Mark Wilkinson is to join Sworders to launch new specialist sales at the Essex auction house. Wilkinson spent over 30 years at Christie’s and led its ‘interiors’ auctions at South Kensington.

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New LA home for Christie’s

18 April 2017

Christie’s is to open a new Los Angeles premises this month in Beverly Hills to bolster its presence on the west coast of the US.

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Trade bodies seek multi-pronged Brexit lobbying plan ahead of Great Repeal Act

10 April 2017

The art and antiques trade is taking its Brexit concerns directly to government with the submission of a series of policy documents asking that art market interests are recognised.

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Former Christie's South Kensington boss decries closure plans

10 April 2017

A former chairman of Christie’s South Kensington has written an open letter to owner François Pinault warning that his plans for the company could “gravely harm Christie’s in London”

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‘All risk’ insurance won’t cover Dutch theft

10 April 2017

An audacious robbery in Amsterdam has left a dealer without insurance cover for the theft of more than 250 Asian works of art.

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Goya’s bullfighting epic rediscovered

10 April 2017

A previously unknown complete set of Goya’s La Tauromaquia led Sotheby’s sale of Prints & Multiples in London on April 4.

Christie’s to appeal over resale right ruling

10 April 2017

Christie’s is to appeal last month’s French court ruling that declared Droit de Suite is a charge on the vendor rather than the buyer.

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Fryer & Brown to be dissolved as Opus Auctions launched

10 April 2017

Surrey auction firm Fryer & Brown Auctioneers is set to be struck off the UK company register after it ceased trading in January.

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Dealer falls to ‘card not present’ scam

10 April 2017

A Petworth dealer has been the victim of a £2200 ‘card not present’ debit card fraud.

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Turner and Guardi: big guns arrive for London’s July Old Masters series

10 April 2017

A large, late work by JMW Turner appears at Sotheby’s on July 5 with an estimate of £15-25m.

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Judge says seized silver and ivory tea set won’t be returned

10 April 2017

A judge has ruled against a London gallery over the seizure by UK Border Force of a Chinese silver tea set containing a tiny quantity of elephant ivory.

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Rodin turns heads in Paris and Pau

05 April 2017

With this year marking the centenary of the sculptor’s death, Auguste Rodin is much in the news. While the Grand Palais in Paris is marking the event with a major exhibition, Fraysse et Associés sold a 2ft 1in (64cm) high lifetime cast bronze figural group for €1.55m (£1.35m) at Drouot on March 22.

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Fettercairn Jewel returns to Scotland

05 April 2017

Enforcing its Scottish significance, a Renaissance gold pendant known as the Fettercairn Jewel has been bought by the National Museums Scotland.

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Fauvist oil tops Leicestershire sale

05 April 2017

A painting from the early career of French artist Auguste Herbin (1882-1960) appeared on the market for the first time in nearly a century at Gildings’ Market Harborough salerooms on March 28.

Droit de suite: Court says seller must pay levy

05 April 2017

The way Droit de Suite is applied in France was affirmed by a French court ruling last month.

Brexit hopes of Artist’s Resale Right demise may be premature – but it could be amended

05 April 2017

In ATG’s coverage of Brexit in the past year, we regularly asked which EU-inspired law we could most live without. Unanimously the response was Artist’s Resale Right, a royalty on the resale of art hammered above €1000.

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Trade alert: watch out for cyber crime

05 April 2017

Firms urged to be aware of risk after string of email invoice frauds

Vetting committee stands down at PAD in Paris

05 April 2017

Paris art and design fair PAD has lost its vetting committee following concerns about the brief time allowed to view stands.

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