Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Pick of the week: Fab pair from ‘Glasgow Four’ duo

09 November 2020

Two pieces by ‘Glasgow Four’ artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921) topped Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction on November 2-3.

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A looking glass believed to have been owned by Marie Antoinette is among the four lots to watch at auction this week

09 November 2020

With estimates from £1000-70,000, here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Architect’s apprentice McGhie built an artistic legacy

09 November 2020

Two trademark scenes by Scottish artist John McGhie (1867-1952) impressed at Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.

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Online trading and working behind closed doors during lockdown get the green light

04 November 2020

The government has confirmed that art and antiques businesses in England will be able to continue trading behind closed doors during the new lockdown.

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Jasper Johns US flag artwork donated to the British Museum

04 November 2020

Jasper Johns’ screenprint 'Flags I' will be on display at the British Museum after the million-dollar artwork was donated to the institution.

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Public cash call to help keep Armada maps in the UK

03 November 2020

The National Museum of the Royal Navy hopes to raise £600,000 to stop the export of a group of hand-drawn Armada maps to an overseas buyer.

Drouot closes again as Paris locks down

02 November 2020

Paris auction centre Hôtel Drouot has been forced to close its premises after French president Emmanuel Macron announced a second national lockdown.

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Collector interview: 'Why I'm favouring home-grown comics over high-profile US versions'

02 November 2020

Richard Sheaf, 44, is a collector and daily blogger on British comics.

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New recruits and promotions at Hindman and Swann Galleries among the latest Movers & Shakers in the US

29 October 2020

Auction houses Hindman in Chicago and Swann Galleries in New York have recently announced new roles.

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Ming dynasty vase recovered in London after Swiss theft

28 October 2020

A 15th century Chinese vase valued at around £2.5m has been recovered in London by the Met Police.

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Online only auctions in Wales and Ireland as virus ‘fire breaks’ begin

26 October 2020

Auction houses in Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland are adjusting their sales calendars to accommodate the latest set of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Drouot building soon open to all auction houses

26 October 2020

Paris auction group Hôtel Drouot has reorganised its operations and will soon allow non-shareholder businesses to operate from its premises.

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Trade fears axe of VAT-free shopping for tourists after Brexit

26 October 2020

A government plan to end VAT-free shopping for international visitors next year will impact the UK art and antiques trade, say dealers.

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Suffolk selection: artworks with a Suffolk theme feature in Ed Sheeran charity auction  

22 October 2020

A range of artworks with a Suffolk connection are being offered at a charity sale titled 'Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction' at auction house Lacy Scott & Knight.

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Antiques centre owner warns others of thieves’ technique after sky light break-in

21 October 2020

The owner of an antiques centre has warned others to be vigilant and take extra precautions after being broken into via a sky light.

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Rare first pressing of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ album signed by band members sells at seven-times estimate at auction

20 October 2020

A rare first pressing of The Who’s My Generation album has sold at seven-times its top estimate at auction in Hertfordshire.

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Trade threatened by £100m anti money laundering levy

19 October 2020

The art market is lobbying government to try to stop a new levy on the sector for Anti Money Laundering initiatives.

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Early 18th century documents detailing a slavery abolitionist's ill-fated project emerge at auction

17 October 2020

Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an African island to prove plantations could be run without slavery.

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Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector

15 October 2020

A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Gramophone bought by the Rothschild family for Waddesdon Manor comes to auction

14 October 2020

A rare gramophone believed to have been bought by James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of the Rothschild banking dynasty, for the family home of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, is coming to auction next week.