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‘Animal VC’ sets a world record £140,000

17 October 2022

A ‘Victoria Cross’ for animals awarded to Rob, a parachuting dog who served with the SAS, has sold for a world record £140,000 at auction.

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Boost for dealers’ campaign to save gas lamps

17 October 2022

A campaign to save the Victorian gas lamps in Westminster started by two antiques dealers has gained backing from The Victorian Society, its president actor Griff Rhys Jones and the GMB Union.

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War dog Rob's 'animal VC' Dickin Medal sells for record £140,000 in London auction

13 October 2022

A ‘Victoria Cross’ for animals awarded to Rob, a black-and-white collie-retriever who served with paratroops and the SAS, has sold for a world record £140,000 at auction.

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Antique dealers’ campaign to save Westminster’s gas lamps attracts wider support ahead of council’s consultation

12 October 2022

A campaign to save the Victorian gas lamps in Westminster has gained support from The Victorian Society, its president actor Griff Rhys Jones and the GMB Union.

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Book dealer William Reese bought in UK/US deal

10 October 2022

Two leading book dealers have come together to jointly buy the eponymous William Reese Company and its 40,000 stock of books.

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Zoffany stages an unexpected return to auction

10 October 2022

A little-known theatrical portrait painted by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) towards the end of his career sold for £330,000 at auction in Dorset.

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"It’s been my best week ever": Dealer’s Japanese armour takeaway earns a slap-up celebration ahead of Asian Art in London

10 October 2022

David Thatcher’s display of Japanese armour at Asian Art in London will be much depleted – but for positive reasons.

Hans Coper vase

Hefty price for Hans Coper vase sets fresh auction record

10 October 2022

Premium-inclusive price in London just pips previous high for ceramicist Hans Coper.

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Chinese vase with Qianlong mark judged at £6.2m quality by bidder

10 October 2022

A Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong mark shot past its four-figure estimate to sell for €7.7m (£6.2m) in France on October 1.

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Brush up on French sculpture

10 October 2022

This bronze sculpture depicting a woman painting with a palette and brush was among the many sales at The Northern Antiques Fair.

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Record gasoline sign escaped fate as a septic tank lid

10 October 2022

Enthusiasts who feel British enamel advertising signs are becoming overpriced may spare a thought for collectors in the US.

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Chinese vase sells for 3850-times estimate in French sale

05 October 2022

A Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong mark shot past its four-figure estimate to sell for €7.7m (£6.2m) in France on October 1 – described as winning the 'EuroMillions' by the auction house.

The Open Art Fair

The Open Art Fair set to spring back into action

03 October 2022

The Open Art Fair is set to return next spring. Part owned by BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association), it is scheduled to run in a purpose-built marquee in Duke of York Square, Chelsea, from April 19-23.

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Bidders on red alert for Chinese vase

03 October 2022

Among the highlights of the latest Important Chinese Art sale at Sotheby’s New York was this rare porcelain meiping from the Yongzheng or early Qianlong period.

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Classic New Sculpture archer hits £20,000 spot

03 October 2022

A cast of Hamo Thornycroft’s Teucer, classic of the New Sculpture movement, sold for £20,000 (plus 21% buyer’s premium) at JS Auctions in Banbury on September 23.

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Photos reveal a face from 1840s Scotland

03 October 2022

An exceptionally early album of calotype photographs sold for £68,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Lyon & Turnbull on September 28.

Lay's saleroom

Second saleroom for Lay’s

03 October 2022

Lay’s Auctioneers (previously known as David Lay) has expanded with a second saleroom in its home county of Cornwall.

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Starman soars to an astronomical six figures at auction

03 October 2022

Generating a hammer price of £165,000, the star attraction in Omega’s auction on September 27 was pretty obvious.

UK deaccessioning rules change

03 October 2022

Controversial law update will make it easier for museums to repatriate items

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New Charities Act will allow UK museums to deaccession parts of their collections

29 September 2022

An update to the Charities Act coming into force over the next year will allow museums in the UK to deaccession some items.

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