Latest News Articles by Matt Ball

15th century book

Fifteenth century friar's manual inspired by the game of chess

06 February 2023

A 15th century first edition of a pioneering work by Johannes Gallensis surfaced at auction late last month.

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Podcasts: Stay tuned for more art and antiques news

23 January 2023

Auctioneers are taking to the airwaves to promote their businesses and demystify what happens in regional salerooms.

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Review of Year 2022: Fairs in flux

12 December 2022

Amid relief at pandemic restrictions being lifted and encouraging news of auction houses expanding, event organisers faced challenges of rising costs and the trade tackled increasing regulation and restitution demands

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Super-rare cigarette card of legendary football star Steve Bloomer fuels five-figure bid

05 December 2022

A rare cigarette card featuring one of England’s top goal-scorers sold for a spectacular £25,900.

Second-hand items

Why a second-hand buy is a first-class acquisition

21 November 2022

Is buying second-hand set for an unprecedented period of growth?

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Asian Art In London Awards – 2022

24 October 2022

Asian Art in London announced the winners of the first group of its awards last week.

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Asian Art in London’s Indian & Islamic award winners announced

21 October 2022

Asian Art in London has announced the winners of the first group of its annual awards.

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Collector interview: Why a book was my next move

04 July 2022

Collector of chess sets aims to help others starting out as well as more experienced enthusiasts

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Classic cars: Why the pre-war era is seen as the golden years of motoring

20 June 2022

The thirties became a period when mass production and Art Deco style combined to power cars to new heights of usage and popularity before war intervened

What's cheap, cheerful and under a grand?

11 April 2022

Ask anyone about a special item they bought and they will usually start by telling you how they came to own it. Here the ATG team recounts the story of 15 purchases, each one for under £1000

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ATG conference: Going, going… green and online

04 April 2022

Auctioneers get together to hear the latest market trends and top tips for 2022

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Killarneyware chess set checks in at saleroom

21 March 2022

During the 19th century visitors seeking out idyllic lakeland views caused a mild tourist boom in the southwest corner of Ireland.

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Second-hand and sustainable: A special report from Auction Technology Group

21 March 2022

Firms selling second-hand items such as antiques can now quantify the environmental advantages thanks to a new report. They can also improve their competitive edge by auditing and publishing their own green credentials.

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Inside stories: How new focus on improving home spaces has boosted antique and vintage items

21 February 2022

Long periods of life at home because of Covid restrictions for both lifestyle and work reasons have encouraged a trend for younger buyers in particular to target second-hand items from auction houses and dealers

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Chess: Ah, that’ll be the good old Ruy Lopez opening

06 December 2021

The World Chess Championship currently taking place in Dubai began on November 26 in familiar style.

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Auctions give a boost to the latest retail sales figures

23 November 2021

Rising sales of second-hand goods are helping to boost the UK's economy.

 Art Business Conference

AMPs now exceed 800 but registration is not compliance

08 November 2021

The number of art market participants (AMPs) registered with the UK tax authorities under the Fifth Anti Money Laundering Directive has now exceeded 800, delegates were told at the Art Business Conference last week.

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Bottles held a fascination after rubbish tip discovery

01 November 2021

When teenagers Mark and Simon Fletcher came across a Victorian ginger beer bottle sticking out of the ground in the garden of their new home at Old Clee, near Grimsby, 40 years ago little did they know that a collecting bug was about to bite.

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Asian Art in London Indian and Islamic award winners announced

21 October 2021

As its annual festival of exhibitions and sales gets under way, Asian Art in London has announced the winners of its Indian and Islamic awards.

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Eastern promise: Asian Art in London award nominees announced

18 October 2021

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s East Asian art season have been announced.