Greek, Roman, Egyptian & Other Antiquities

The antiquities market comprises artefacts and works of art made by ancient civilisations including statues, coins, jewellery and arms and armour.

Provenance is one of the most important considerations when trading in this sector as there is a long history of looting from archaeological sites.

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Keep an eye on the return of this London event

02 May 2022

An Attic black-figure vessel decorated with a striking pair of eyes to the outside is among the highlights at the second physical staging of Eye of the Collector.

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Cat sat on a shelf came all the way from Egypt

11 April 2022

Cats were represented in the social and religious practices of ancient Egypt for several millennia.

Anglo-Saxon gold shilling

Anglo-Saxon coin emerged from stubble

14 March 2022

An Anglo-Saxon gold shilling or thrymsa dating from 650- 670AD took £15,000 at Dix Noonan Webb in Mayfair.

Seized cultural goods

Interpol operation seizes nearly 10,000 illicit cultural artefacts

12 March 2022

An international police operation coordinated by Interpol has led to the seizure of 9408 antiquities and cultural artefacts including archaeological objects, furniture, coins, paintings, musical instruments and statuettes.

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Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 2022

21 February 2022

Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club

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Neolithic canoe rescued from a fiery fate brings demand at Bonhams

14 February 2022

This Irish bog oak canoe or trough was among the quirkier – and best-performing – lots in Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) ‘without reserve’ sale of the Jim Lennon collection in Edinburgh on January 26.

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Honouring Antinous

14 February 2022

A three-quarters-length bust of a bare-chested Antinous, the favourite of Hadrian, appears on this medallic coin minted in Mantinea, Arcadia, c.134AD.

Bacchus bronze

Essex auction house helps in return of stolen Roman statue

09 February 2022

Essex saleroom TimeLine Auctions and a Dutch detective have worked together to return a stolen Roman statue to France after it was missing for 50 years.

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Egyptian king re-emerges for sale in Gloucestershire

31 January 2022

Greywacke sculpture headlines a series of high-flying results including £66,000 double bass

Roman marble bust

My goodness: the £27,000 Roman marble bust

17 January 2022

The eclectic collection of Alison Barker (1951-2021) of London and Chichester was sold by Trevanion in Whitchurch, Shropshire on January 12.

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Prehistoric art with curve appeal

10 January 2022

‘Venus’ figurines from the Upper Paleolithic are recognised as some of the earliest works of prehistoric art.

'Collected Works/ Works Collected'

Exhibition showcases Julian Opie's historic collecting habit

04 January 2022

Curator Maya Binkin discovered Julian Opie’s collecting habit on a visit to his London studio.

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Egyptian trio takes the top auction honours at Hindman

20 December 2021

Ancient Egyptian works in stone and metal were the three best-sellers in the latest auction of antiquities and ethnographic artefacts at Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

 Silver and gilt stag’s head rhyton

New York collector given lifetime ban after four-year antiquities investigation

13 December 2021

One of New York’s most prolific antiquities collectors has surrendered 180 ‘looted’ items from his collection and been barred for life from acquiring antiquities again.

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The record £16m love affair with Aphrodite

13 December 2021

More than 70 years after it was last seen in public, an Imperial Roman sculpture dubbed ‘The Hamilton Aphrodite’ has set a record for any ancient marble at auction.

Bust of Germanicus

Getty Museum buys an ‘Elgin marble’ – but not a Greek one

09 December 2021

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angles has acquired an early first-century marble bust of the Roman general Germanicus, the adopted son of the Emperor Tiberius and father of Caligula.

Roman sculpture

Aphrodite back on sale after 70 years takes £16m at Sotheby's setting an auction record

08 December 2021

More than 70 years after it was last seen in public, a sculpture dubbed 'The Hamilton Aphrodite' set a record for any ancient marble sculpture at auction.

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Antiquities specialist David Aaron's Mayfair move

29 November 2021

Sometimes a little change is all that’s needed. Antiquities specialist David Aaron is moving from 22 Berkeley Square – to 25a Berkeley Square.

Anglo Saxon coin hoard

‘Largest ever’ Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in UK

08 November 2021

The largest ever Anglo-Saxon gold coin hoard discovered in the UK has been declared treasure after a complex inquest into the case.

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Roman bronzes find home at Yorkshire Museum

27 October 2021

A wealthy US donor and a London antiquities dealership helped ensure a hoard of Roman bronzes recently discovered by metal detectorists will soon be on public display.

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