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Towering sale during the recent London fairs

07 October 2019

An oil on panel of The Tower of Babel, 1604, by Abel Grimmer (1570-1618/19), offered at £1.35m by Johnny Van Haeften was one of the stand-out sales during last week’s host of London art and antique trade events.

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Obituary – Viscount Davidson

07 October 2019

Malcolm Davidson died recently at the age of 85. For many years he ran City Fine Arts in the heart of the financial district of London offering furniture and unusual items to those working in the Square Mile.

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Avant-garde artist Dismorr at the forefront of demand

07 October 2019

In a sale of Modern and Contemporary British art in south London, this undated work House and Trees below sold for a multi-estimate £5800.

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Great medals for a debut auction

07 October 2019

A fine private collection amassed in the 1960s provided the base for the inaugural Russian Coins & Historical Medals sale held by Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Major record for Banksy as ‘Devolved Parliament’ brings lengthy bidding contest at Sotheby’s

04 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s latest Contemporary Art evening sale.

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Where to see and buy Islamic art in London this autumn

01 October 2019

The major auction houses host their biannual Islamic Art Week auctions in April and October, and this month a series of events and auctions are planned across the capital.

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Conan Doyle-designed portable desk for sale from furniture maker Timothy Oulton

30 September 2019

Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was so keen to be able to work while he travelled that in 1925 he commissioned a case maker to create the bespoke trunk that could turn into a writing desk.

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Art Deco emerald brooch takes £120,000 at Bonhams

30 September 2019

Sold at Bonhams last week, the emerald in this Art Deco brooch is a clue to the remarkable life of its one-time owner Lady Hood.

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Régence table brings £52,000 bid at Lots Road Auctions

30 September 2019

A Régence period giltwood table attracted interest from across the trade, taking £52,000 (estimate £5000- 8000) at Lots Road Auctions (22% buyer’s premium).

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Dealer sells Gell portrait to British Museum

30 September 2019

London and Petworth dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques has sold a portrait of the Regency period antiquarian Sir William Gell (1777-1836) to the British Museum.

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Glyphic arts return to the cutting edge

30 September 2019

Interest in glyphic art, which reached its collecting apogee during the Grand Tour collecting, is resurgent once more.

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The four ‘Cs’ – and the right location

30 September 2019

Coloured diamonds aside, rubies command higher prices per carat than any other gemstone. Graded using the traditional criteria of the four Cs (colour, cut, clarity and carat weight), they are also evaluated on the basis of geographic origin with the stones from Burma commanding the most interest.

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Trio of dealers team up for London's Islamic Week

30 September 2019

Three Islamic and Indian art dealers have teamed up to launch an exhibition coinciding with the London auction event Islamic Week.

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Take Pryde: Daniel Katz Gallery hails Mod Brit artist

30 September 2019

Mayfair show features 12 ‘seminal masterpieces’ first collected by Scottish baroness

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The web shop window: Alabaster bust of Napoleon

30 September 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Monty Python, Star Wars, Star Trek, Gladiator and Willy Wonka among film memorabilia big names at auction

28 September 2019

Film and TV memorabilia has been growing in popularity as a collecting field in recent years, with original posters particularly sought-after. However, props are also in demand from a wide variety of sources.

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Orientalist scene sets new auction high for Turkish painter at Bonhams

27 September 2019

A record price for Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was set at Bonhams when a painting ‘Young Woman Reading’ surpassed a £600,000-800,000 estimate and was knocked down at £5.7m.

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Art advisor Nazy Vassegh launches new art fair

27 September 2019

Former Masterpiece London fair chief executive Nazy Vassegh is planning a new art fair in May next year.

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South London pair jailed after selling £145,000 worth of antique ivory to overseas buyers on eBay

27 September 2019

Two men from south London have been sentenced for selling antique ivory fans on eBay to buyers in China and the US. The items were illegally exported without the required export permits.

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Rare King Edward VIII coin makes UK auction record

26 September 2019

A UK auction record for a copper coin was set this week when a rare Edward VIII 1937 pattern penny sold at Spink & Son.

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