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Egyptian limestone relief

UK museum sought for Egyptian limestone relief depicting women musicians in pharaoh’s palace

25 January 2023

A limestone relief depicting a group of female musicians in the palace of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten has been temporarily blocked from export.

London Art Week

Summer fair turmoil: London Art Week steps up to fill the void

23 January 2023

London Art Week (LAW), which has announced dates for its summer edition, is welcoming dealers from cancelled summer events and plans to expand.

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Banner marking abolition of slavery bought at London auction

23 January 2023

Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particularly strong moment in the market.

Adrian Biddell, Janet Rady and Maryam Daoudi

Olympia Auctions expands its team

23 January 2023

Three former Chiswick Auctions’ picture specialists have joined west London saleroom Olympia Auctions.

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Allen Jones: work to Sir Terence Conran’s taste

23 January 2023

Allen Jones (b.1937) is regarded as one of the pioneers of early British pop art.

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Pluck of the Irish

23 January 2023

A pair of militaria highlights related to Irish regiments that came up in recent auctions.

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A 275-year-old London gallery celebrates its history

23 January 2023

Last week ice descended once again on London where Gladwell & Patterson, celebrating its 275th anniversary, is offerings an appropriately wintry scene.

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Nicolas Robert hits bloom time at £355,000

23 January 2023

Right at the top of the price lists for a London sale of a second portion of the library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Earl Fairhaven, was a lot that presented a handsomely bound collection of 15 very fine watercolour on vellum drawings of flowers.

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Clive Barker: a sculptor who took a hard look at the Swinging Sixties

23 January 2023

In August and September 2021 London gallery Whitford Fine Art held an exhibition titled Sand Casts devoted to a British pop artist prominent in the Swinging Sixties who had renewed his successful career in the Nineties.

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The greatest hits of arms and armour collector Elvis

23 January 2023

Birmingham-born Roy Elvis (1944- 2022) inherited his family interest in antiques and started collecting furniture and decorative arts from an early age.

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5 Questions: carpets and textiles dealer James Cohen

23 January 2023

James Cohen is one of the dealers standing at LARTA which opens this week in Battersea Evolution on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair.

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Bungalow was filled to the brim with a remarkable collection of toys

23 January 2023

A remarkable collection of dollhouses, dollhouse furniture and juvenilia was sold in London towards the end of 2022.

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Pop art: Pioneer Sir Peter Blake's accessible print editions

23 January 2023

The term ‘pop art’ normally conjures up images of colourful and ‘hip’ artworks from the 1950s-60s.

Amethyst and diamond cross

Garrard pendant worn by Princess Diana bought by Kim Kardashian

21 January 2023

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has bought a c.1920 pendant by Garrard at Sotheby’s Royal & Noble auction on January 18 for a hammer price of £130,000.

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Acrimonious royal family split detailed in letters now up at auction

18 January 2023

Not THAT split, but the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII which also caused recriminations, as letters at Catherine Southon's sale show - plus other auctions offer many unpublished photos of Princess Di and paintings said to be by Queen Victoria.

Dance on the Beach by Munch

Edvard Munch painting hidden from Nazis in a Norwegian forest to be auctioned

17 January 2023

An Edvard Munch (1863-1944) picture last on the market 89 years ago, which had been hidden from the Nazis during the war, is to be offered at Sotheby’s with a $15m-25m estimate.

Summer fairs cancelled

Shock closure of Olympia and Masterpiece summer fairs leaves dealer plans in disarray

16 January 2023

The 2023 edition of Masterpiece London and the summer Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have both been cancelled, leaving a crater in the capital’s summer season.

Veronica Burleigh self portrait

Pair of Veronica Burleigh portraits soar over estimates to take highest ever prices

16 January 2023

Bringing fervent bidding at Kings Russell’s (28% buyer’s premium) first sale of the year, two portraits by Veronica Burleigh (1909-99) set the highest prices ever recorded for the Sussex painter.

Volubilis sculpture

Art dealers Bowman sell sculpture to French museum

16 January 2023

The Camille Claudel Museum has unveiled its newly purchased Volubilis sculpture by Alfred Boucher.

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London fairs scene under threat amid rising cost of staging events

16 January 2023

Brexit and decline in international exhibitors also blamed as Masterpiece is among the latest to close

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