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Auction house fined £3200 over ivory breach

20 October 2014

Magistrates have fined a West London auction house £3200 for breaching the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) (CITES) Regulations 1997.

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Sarah Percy-Davis takes over reins at Asian Art In London

20 October 2014

Asian Art in London, the organisation that runs the annual focus on the Capital’s expertise and wealth in this field, have appointed a new chairman.

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Haughtons prepare to welcome Mallett to New York fair

13 October 2014

Mallett’s first major outing following the announcement of the Stanley Gibbons deal will be at Brian and Anna Haughton’s 26th International Fine Art & Antiques Show in New York from October 17-23.

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Triple A add to the feast of Asian art

13 October 2014

The Association of Accredited Auctioneers (Triple A) are hosting a viewing event timed to coincide with Asian Art in London. This Qianlong ‘lotus and bats’ doucai jar and cover, estimated to bring £100,000-150,000 at Peter Wilson of Nantwich on November 27, is among the lots on view at Rountree Tryon Galleries of 7 Bury Street on November 2 from 12 noon-9pm.

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L&T appoint new directors in succession plan

13 October 2014

Scottish firm Lyon & Turnbull have sought to address the age-old problem of succession planning at a regional saleroom by making a number of significant internal appointments.

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Soames auction sheds light on Churchill

10 October 2014

Paintings and objects from the estate of the late Mary Soames, the youngest daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, are to be sold at Sotheby’s in London.

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Why it’s all blossoming at Tennants in Leyburn…

10 October 2014

This huge installation created using more than 40 gallons of oil paints will be the centrepiece of the first exhibition to mark the launch of shows by visiting artists to The Garden Rooms at Tennants.

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French sleeper awakes as drawing points to Greuze

10 October 2014

The name Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) was mentioned as the possible hand responsible for this unsigned 18th century French charcoal and chalk drawing that leapt from lowly expectations to sell for £320,000 (plus 22.5% buyer’s premium) at Toovey’s of Washington, West Sussex on October 8.

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Rediscovered Ravilious sets new record at £265,000

03 October 2014

When Ann Ullmann, the daughter of Eric Ravilious (1903-42), visited J.S. Auctions’ newly refurbished salerooms in Banbury in August, she declared herself delighted to see this previously unknown 16 x 20in (41 x 52cm) watercolour, above, by her father for the first time.

eBay to split from PayPal

03 October 2014

Online auction site eBay plans to spin off its PayPal business into a separate publicly traded company next year.

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Sotheby’s to offer Van Gogh flowers for $30m-$50m

03 October 2014

Still Life, Vase with Daisies, painted by Vincent van Gogh at the home of his physician Paul Gachet just weeks before he died, carries an estimate of $30m-50m at Sotheby’s New York on November 4. It will be on view in London from October 12-18.

Frieze Masters unveils talks agenda

03 October 2014

Frieze Masters (October’s 15-19) have unveiled this year’s Talks programme

Wedgwood archive saved as appeal hits £2.74m target

03 October 2014

It has taken just over a month for the Art Fund’s £2.74m appeal to save the Wedgwood Collection to reach its target. It will now be gifted to the V&A but will stay in situ at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, near Stoke.

UK auctions lead the world at Sotheby’s

30 September 2014

Sotheby's United Kingdom sales have outperformed all other global regions at auction for the year to date, according to figures just released.

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Stanley Gibbons to acquire Mallett

29 September 2014

Stanley Gibbons are to acquire Mayfair dealers Mallett in a deal said to be worth £8.6m. The deal, just announced, caps almost a year of the stamp and coin specialists spreading their influence through the wider art and antiques world following their acquisition of Noble Investments last November.

Sotheby's go retail on wine in Hong Kong

26 September 2014

Sotheby's have made their first foray into the wine retail market by opening their first wine store in Hong Kong.

Wedgwood archive appeal £2.2m wonder

26 September 2014

Soon after ATG reported that the public had contributed £700,000 in a matter of days to help the final push to save the Wedgwood archive, the news came through that close to £2m had been raised. Some £1.3m was donated in just four days.

Fair directors step down to pursue new Frieze projects

26 September 2014

The founders of Frieze, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, are to step down as directors of the contemporary fairs Frieze London and Frieze New York to “focus on developing new projects for the organisation”.

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Franklin medal for sale as wreck is discovered

26 September 2014

169 years after Franklin’s ill-fated 1845-48 attempt to find the western exit to the Northwest Passage, his Third Officer's Arctic Medal has come up for sale just as the Canadian government has announced that one of Franklin’s ships has been located.

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Over 5000 visitors pack Berkeley Square for launch of LAPADA fair

26 September 2014

Queues across Berkeley Square on the opening night augured well for the 2014 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, and there was certainly a buzz inside the giant marquee, along with evidence of early sales among the 100-plus dealers standing there.