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Cambridge auctioneer negotiates return of artefact to Bolivian government

30 April 2018

A Cambridge auctioneer has negotiated the return of a pre-Columbian artefact to the Bolivian government.

Freya Simms

LAPADA welcomes new chief executive after sudden exit of previous head

30 April 2018

LAPADA has moved quickly to fill its chief executive slot, vacant after the sudden departure of the previous incumbent, by appointing art market public relations specialist Freya Simms to the role.

The French vintage furniture platform Selency was founded by Maxime Brousse and Charlotte Cadé in 2014. Now it is live for UK users.

Online Parisian vintage furniture platform launches in UK

30 April 2018

A French online marketplace for vintage furniture and home decorating items has launched a UK website.

Iain M Smith Auctioneers & Valuers

First auction after fire for Iain M. Smith in Perth

30 April 2018

Scottish auction house Iain M. Smith has announced the date of its first sale since a fire destroyed the saleroom’s premises at Perth Aerodrome in Scone.


They said what?! The week (23-29 April 2018) in quotes from the art and antiques world

29 April 2018

This week the trade talked about a couple of exceptionally high asking prices. Also, new money laundering regulation was regarded as a "disproportionate burden" and the collecting tastes of an American football star were revealed following a theft.


‘The map that changed the world’ offered at London gallery for £100,000

28 April 2018

William Smith’s 1815 map of England and Wales represents a milestone in geological history and a pivotal moment in its creator’s colourful life.

Juan de Zurbaran still life

Sotheby’s brokers sale of rare Juan de Zurbarán still life to National Gallery

27 April 2018

Sotheby’s has negotiated the private sale of a still life by Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649) to the National Gallery, London.


New money laundering regulation a “disproportionate burden” on art and antiques businesses

27 April 2018

A European Union update to current anti-money laundering regulation designed to tackle terrorist financing risks will place an extra administrative burden on art and antiques businesses, warn trade associations.

Ina Kok

Dutch scholar awarded prestigious bookseller prize for work on woodcuts from incunabula in the Low Countries

27 April 2018

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has announced the winner of the 17th Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.


Famous names of British photography come to auction in Philadelphia

26 April 2018

Included in Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art auction in Philadelphia will be 32 lots of photographs by some of the best known names in British photography.


First edition of Karl Marx’s ‘Das Kapital’ available to the masses – for £100,000

26 April 2018

What would Karl Marx (1818-83) have made of the fact that Das Kapital, his foundational text on capitalism, is on the market for a six-figure price?


Matt Busby first Manchester United contract up at auction demands attractive football style

26 April 2018

Forget Jose Mourinho being criticised for a stultifying style of play at Manchester United – when Matt Busby started as manager of the Red Devils he was contractually obliged to play entertaining football.


Potted history: Early Lucie Rie tea set offered in London ceramics exhibition

25 April 2018

An early tea set by Lucie Rie is among the works on offer at Erskine, Hall & Coe’s exhibition British Ceramics, which opens tomorrow.

Rob Gronkowski

How police tracked down suspects after rare coins stolen from American football star Rob Gronkowski

25 April 2018

Two suspects have been arrested in Massachusetts following a night-time break-in at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Titanic menu

Menu for first ever meal onboard the Titanic makes auction record

25 April 2018

A menu for the first ever meal on the Titanic, a steward’s badge and a letter written on board have all made top prices at auction in Wiltshire.


Mossgreen consignors free to collect goods without facing charges from administrator BDO

25 April 2018

The administrator to collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen has lost a court case over fees which means goods can be returned to their rightful owners without fees being due.

Nu couché by Amedeo Modigliani

Sotheby’s unveil Modigliani’s largest painting ahead of New York auction – video

24 April 2018

The largest painting ever made by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) has been unveiled by Sotheby’s ahead of its auction in New York next month. It is estimated in excess of $150m and will be the star lot at its Impressionist and Modern sale on May 14.


Berwickshire exhibition showcases huge collection of Chippendale furniture for tercentenary

24 April 2018

A historic home in the Scottish Borders presents its substantial collection of furniture in an exhibition celebrating Thomas Chippendale’s (1718-79) tercentenary.


Shortlist announced for London Original Print Fair museums’ acquisitions prize

24 April 2018

The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) has shortlisted five institutions for this year’s acquisition award. The successful entrant will win £8000 to spend at the fair which takes place at the Royal Academy of Arts on May 3-6.


Replica brooch of original with Wallis Simpson and Elizabeth Taylor link included in massive selection of jewellery at Surrey auction

23 April 2018

A brooch that impressed valuers and boasts a royal connection is set to go under the hammer at Catherine Southon next month.