Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould at Red Stream Cottage with the possible Ben Nicholson wall painting.

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Fake or Fortune? starts its 10th run

BBC series Fake or Fortune? is back for its 10th series this month.

Art dealer Philip Mould and presenter Fiona Bruce investigate whether artworks submitted by members of the public are genuine and important discoveries.

The show, which comprises 38 episodes in total including the next four episodes, is due to be broadcast on August 23.

Mould said: “Apart from the pleasure of making these programmes, one thing I had always hoped for is that they would bring about greater accountability among the acknowledged experts on whose judgements the art world utterly relies.

“We now derive some satisfaction from the observation that this is definitely happening more.”

In the first new episode the team analyses a mural in a Surrey cottage said to be by Ben Nicholson (1894-1982).

Florence fair back after three years

Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze (BIAF) is returning to Palazzo Corsini in Florence this autumn after three years away.

The 32nd edition running from September 24-October 2 (with preview days on September 22-23) will host 80 exhibitors. The rooms and halls of Palazzo Corsini will be designed by interior designer, art and film director Matteo Corvino.

Indian art launch at west London firm


Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil has joined Olympia Auctions.

Olympia Auctions plans a specialism in Contemporary Indian art that will form part of its established Asian sales.

This category will be organised by new recruit Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil. Gohil previously worked at the Piramal Art Foundation in Mumbai, as the vice president of Mumbai auction house Prinseps and as a museum researcher in India.

Rare books trade challenges in focus

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) will discuss a range of issues affecting the rare books trade at the Bodleian Library’s Weston Hall Lecture Theatre on September 14.

The symposium titled Libraries, Booksellers & Collectors: New Ways of Cooperation follows the 44th ILAB Congress held this year from September 9-13 also in Oxford.

While the congress is now fully booked, a limited number of spaces are available for the symposium through ILAB executive secretary Angelika Elstner (contact her at

Booksellers, collectors, government representatives, arts trade professionals, librarians and law enforcement officers have agreed to share their views on some of the complex and challenging issues faced by those now working with rare books and related antiquarian materials.

It follows the success of a similar event held at the Grolier Club in New York in 2019. Registrations are open to anyone handling and dealing with rare books and antiquarian material.

The 18th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded during the event. The full programme can be accessed via

BADA Friends fund museum purchase


Bethlem Museum of the Mind director Colin Gale, director of BADA Friends Anne Green and Geoffrey Munn, BADA Friends chairman, with the new photograph by Benji Reid.

The Friends of the BADA has given £500 to support the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in the acquisition of a new work.

A photograph by Benji Reid, a contemporary surrealist, joins the collection of the Kent institution. It boosts the representation of the black British community at Bethlem. The work recently won the mental health category in the Wellcome Trust’s photography competition.

It is included in the museum’s autumn exhibition A way from home: Bethlem artists on longing and belonging.

The institution promotes the understanding of mental illness, its treatment and recovery and features artists such as Richard Dadd, Louis Wain and Jonathan Martin.

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