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Five predictions for the art and antiques market in 2019

31 December 2018

What will happen to the art and antiques market in 2019 and what are the key factors at play affecting collectors, dealers and auctioneers? ATG looks ahead and makes five predictions for the next 12 months.

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Are Polar exploration memorabilia auctions like buses? You could be waiting for ages for one and then three come along at once.

30 December 2018

From a penguin egg to a menu of penguin patties, January sees significant items relating to Polar exploration offered at sales at Golding Young & Mawer, Stroud Auctions and Tennants Auctioneers.

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Bill Brandt's groundbreaking photography including newly discovered prints celebrated in London show

29 December 2018

British photographer Bill Brandt (1904-83) is remembered for his photojournalism and later pictures of distorted nudes, portraits of famous artists and landscapes.

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Top stories of 2018 – including news on TV shows, an Elgar score and a collection belonging to an icon of British industrial heritage

28 December 2018

The most popular stories on this website over the last year included news relating to TV shows such as the Antiques Roadshow, Make Me a Dealer and even ‘Allo ‘Allo. Also highly popular in 2018, the story of the contents sale of the Fred Dibnah heritage centre was another that drew plenty of clicks.

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Six highlights from the Modern British art market in 2018

27 December 2018

ATG selects six stand-out lots of Modern British art that sold in London and across the UK in 2018.

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Merry Christmas to all our readers

25 December 2018

ATG wishes all our readers a very happy Christmas.


Banksy shredding stunt continues to inspire the art world around the globe

24 December 2018

Street artist Banksy stunned the art world when his picture 'Girl with Balloon' automatically shredded itself in its frame moments after it sold for £1.04m at Sotheby's.

They said what!? From whisky fakes to Britain’s favourite artwork, here are the best quotes from the arts and antiques market this week

23 December 2018

This week we have reaction to the Ivory Act, Britain’s favourite artwork and how to keep more national treasures.

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Top stories this week – including news of metal-detecting finds hitting record numbers

22 December 2018

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of metal-detecting ‘treasure’ discoveries hitting record numbers for a second year running.

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Hampshire auction house George Kidner to close

21 December 2018

George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers is to close following the retirement of its founder.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a dated slipware jug from the time of Charles I and a Beswick huntsman figure

21 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a portrait of a red bonnet-wearing lady, a Beswick huntsman figure and slipware jug from the time of Charles I.


Ivory bill receives Royal Assent from Queen to become the Ivory Act 2018

20 December 2018

The Queen has formally agreed to make the ivory bill, which proposes a near-total ban on the trade in ivory, into an Act of Parliament.

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Third of rare Scotch vintage whisky tested found to be fake

20 December 2018

A sample of vintage bottles of Scotch whisky tested in a Scottish laboratory has been found to be fake.

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Dealer Peter Petrou to offer collection of works at Christie’s

20 December 2018

The well-known works of art dealer Peter Petrou is offering 150 lots from his eclectic collection at Christie’s in a dedicated sale on January 30.

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Handbags at a new dawn as Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag makes £190,000

20 December 2018

The Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag is often described as the most desirable handbag in the world. And so it proved earlier this month when an example set an auction record for a handbag sold in Europe.

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Getty Museum buys classic Danish interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi

19 December 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has bought a painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) barely months after it fetched a major sum at a Christie’s auction.


Government to gain more powers to keep art treasures in the UK

19 December 2018

The government is launching a consultation on the future of the export system for art, antiques and antiquities, with the aim of forcing owners to ‘honour their commitment’ to sell when a matching offer is made from a UK buyer.


Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk field voted Britain’s favourite work of art

18 December 2018

A rare Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk by a metal detectorist has been voted Britain’s favourite work of art bought by a museum.

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One of those days in the saleroom as early Pink Floyd concert posters make thousands of pounds

18 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of mid-Sixties Pink Floyd designs.

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