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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TEFAF New York Fall widens timeline for fourth edition

14 October 2019

Booth collaborations at TEFAF New York Fall encourage cross-collecting by visitors

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Egyptian head brings smiles at Hartleys

30 September 2019

After the Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium) September 4 sale, auctioneer Andrew Hartley admitted: “Furniture did not perform as it was hoped from tiny chinks of daylight discernible in the last few months.”

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British fund manager consigns Roman statue of Emperor Hadrian to Christie’s

25 September 2019

A Roman sculpture of the Emperor Hadrian billed as “one of the finest ancient statues from the Grand Tour era of collecting” has been consigned to Christie’s by British investment manager Christian Levett.

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Rare Roman Solidus coin found in Somerset field bought by European collector

18 September 2019

A rare Roman gold coin of the Emperor Constantine I found by a metal detectorist in a field in Somerset was hammered down at £16,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) at Dix Noonan Webb.

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Greek marble ‘wedding present’ returned to Munich museum

18 September 2019

A Hellenistic marble stele that was received as a wedding present in the 1950s has been returned to a museum in Germany after an investigation by antiquities dealers and an Oxford scholar.

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Going for bust with a £96,000 bid in Essex auction

16 September 2019

This Italian marble bust of an emperor, catalogued as 17th century after the antique, provided a moment of saleroom drama at Sworders’ Fine Interiors auction in Stansted on September 10.

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Hadrianic Dionysos head offered at Cottone’s auction

16 September 2019

One of the highlights of Cottone’s sale in Geneseo, New York, on September 28 will be this marble head of Dionysos, a Roman copy of a late classical (4th century BC) Greek archetype.

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Rare late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman conquest coin hoard discovered in Somerset valued at £4m

29 August 2019

A Bath museum hopes to acquire a rare hoard of coins found in a Chew Valley field that could be valued at £4m.

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Roman mask leads antiquities parade

26 August 2019

This copper-alloy Roman mask will be offered for sale on September 3 by TimeLine Auctions in London, estimated at £80,000-100,000.

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Mask ‘matches Crosby Garrett find’

26 August 2019

Roman relic up for auction is believed to be from same workshop as famous helmet.

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Hellenistic period single gold earring emerges for sale

26 August 2019

Featuring in Dix Noonan Webb’s Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities & Objects of Vertu sale in London on September 10 is a Hellenistic period single gold earring, c.3rd century BC.

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Corinthian helmet offered in Edinburgh auction

26 August 2019

Lyon & Turnbull’s African & Oceanic Art & Antiquities auction in Edinburgh on October 16 includes this Apulian-Corinthian helmet from the late 5th-early 4th century BC.

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Roman eagle flies into London gallery

26 August 2019

Kallos Gallery features this 2nd century Roman marble eagle in its autumn catalogue and on its stand at TEFAF New York in October.

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Bronze Age shield discovery comes to Suffolk auction

26 August 2019

An example of a Bronze Age Yetholm type copper alloy shield from c.1300-975BC is for sale as part of the new Gentleman’s Library Auction format taking place at Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller on September 5.

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Greek gold oak wreath offered in New York auction

26 August 2019

Among the lots in Christie’s antiquities sale in New York on October 28 is a Greek gold oak wreath from the late Classical to early Hellenistic period, c.4th-3rd century BC.

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Ancient art from estate of prominent dealer Ingrid McAlpine to be sold in Salisbury

26 August 2019

The Tribal Art and Antiquities sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 18-19 includes property from the estate of Ingrid McAlpine (1939-2018), one of London’s most prominent antiquities dealers.

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Somerset field is first time lucky for metal detectorist after rare Roman gold coin discovery

14 August 2019

A metal detectorist searching in a new field for the first time was rewarded with the discovery of a rare Roman solidus coin.

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Egypt threat of legal action adds to ‘politicisation’ of antiquities

15 July 2019

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA) has said dealers and auctioneers should stand up to “the politicisation of the antiquities trade” in the wake of a row surrounding the sale of a £4m sculpture.

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Sapphire intaglio ring identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems

10 July 2019

Ahead of its auction in Salisbury, a sapphire intaglio ring has been re-catalogued after being recognised as one of the renowned Marlborough gems.

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Christie’s counters Egypt’s threat to sue over £4m sale of Tutankhamun head

09 July 2019

Christie’s has reiterated that it “carried out extensive due diligence” into a head of Tutankhamun after the Egyptian National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation (NCAR) said that it will instruct a UK law firm to file a lawsuit over its £4m sale.

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