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Vintage Seiko watches make waves at auction

14 September 2020

The Japanese battery-powered watches once viewed as cheap and lacking soul are now being taken seriously at auction despite collector snobbery

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Art gallery show will fund artist anthology

14 September 2020

Though best remembered for his work as an illustrator and printmaker, British artist Ethelbert White (1891-1972) was also a prolific painter of English landscapes.

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Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's

14 September 2020

Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance

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Greek terracotta goddess doubles estimate at Christie's

14 September 2020

This exceptionally preserved Greek terracotta seated goddess retaining much of its stylised red slip decoration emerged as one of the highlights of the summer antiquities sales in London.

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‘Pogue’ Seiko craved by collectors

14 September 2020

The Seiko Ref 6139 or Pogue is a watch that many ‘Swiss’ collectors covet because of its good looks and space heritage.

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The Fine Art Society gallery finds quirky Soho home

14 September 2020

Two years after closing its Mayfair base the gallery has reopened in lively Carnaby Street in London.

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London Art Week launches second symposium with focus on Raphael

12 September 2020

The second annual London Art Week Symposium celebrates Renaissance artist Raphael (1483-1520) on the 500th anniversary of his death.

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Oldest surviving FA Cup to be offered at auction at Bonhams

10 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910 including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

‘Girl with Balloon’ by Banksy

Interest from overseas bidders lifts Banksy prints market to higher level

09 September 2020

Forum Auctions’ latest dedicated sale of Banksy (b.1974) prints was a white glove affair with all 24 lots selling and 22 individual auction records set for the editions to which they belong.

Capriccio by Sebastiano Ricci and Clemente Sper

Auction house Christie’s to sell Old Masters from collection of late Italian dealer

08 September 2020

Christie’s is staging an online auction of works formerly in the collection of the late Old Master dealer Piero Corsini.

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Why the best was yet to come for Asian art

07 September 2020

South London auction house decided to press pause but was rewarded with a bumper result

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Another Edison light bulb moment

07 September 2020

Appropriately enough, the very first lot offered in a sale called Eureka! was one that focused on scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, was an autograph manuscript of seven pages of annotated design drawings by Thomas Edison relating to his work on light bulbs.

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First serving on Wimbledon grass

07 September 2020

Sunbury fair debut on London SW19 playing fields draws the Sunday punters after swift launch

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Photographer Terry O’Neill put in the frame at Hampstead gallery

07 September 2020

Exhibition focuses on photographer famed for his celebrity subjects from musicians to actors

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Object lesson from Wimbledon fair: glass eyes

07 September 2020

Though the first human in-socket artificial eyes were created by Venetian glassmakers c.16th century, the earliest evidence of ocular prosthesis was found in a female burial plot in Shahr-I Sokhta, Iran – dating back to 2900-2800 BC.

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Cosmographica print pioneer

07 September 2020

Manuscript was brought to Italy from Constantinople and later printed in Vicenza

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.

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Fleamarket back on Church Street

07 September 2020

The two-day Hackney Fleamarket is back at Abney Hall on Stoke Newington’s Church Street with all sorts of vintage pieces including lighting (as in this picture below), suitcases, posters, maps, furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery and records.

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British Museum buys collection of 103 Hokusai drawings rediscovered in Paris

05 September 2020

More than 100 rediscovered works by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) have been acquired by the British Museum.

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Contemporary art duo draw strong interest at Roseberys

03 September 2020

Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern & Contemporary British art had a stronger focus than usual on works from the second half of the 20th century.

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