Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac takes over Joseph Beuys estate ahead of exhibition

16 April 2018

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has been appointed to represent the estate of artist Joseph Beuys (1921-86).

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Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair stages spring event in new Covent Garden location

16 April 2018

The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair’s (CVFF) next Spring Fair is staged at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden for the first time this year.


They said what?! The week (9-15 April, 2018) in quotes from the art and antiques world

15 April 2018

Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others covering the week that was.

Canoe bailer

South Pacific ula and canoe bailer from the family of 19th century murdered missionary hammered down at auction in Dorset

14 April 2018

A South Pacific ula throwing club and a Maori canoe bailer that once belonged to an English reverend killed by cannibals in Vanuatu in the 19th century has sold at an auction at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester.

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Sotheby’s offers Schaeffer collection in Sydney auction

13 April 2018

Sotheby’s Australia will auction what it calls “the most significant collection of historical international art” offered in the country later this month.


Stolen gramophone discovered in France will be returned to rightful owner

13 April 2018

A stolen gramophone will be returned to its owner next week after an Antiques Trade Gazette article alerted the buyer to the theft.

Glasgow school key

Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art key to stay in Scotland after it is sold at Edinburgh auction

13 April 2018

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, Lyon & Turnbull has sold the very key used to open the artist’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art in 1899.

1787 New York Brasher Doubloon

‘First gold coin struck in the US’ changes hands in $5m deal

12 April 2018

One of seven known examples of ‘the first gold coin struck in the US’ – the 1787 New York Brasher Doubloon – has sold for more than $5m in a private deal.

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Princess Michael of Kent returns to Essex for auction preview

12 April 2018

Princess Michael of Kent returned to Sworders 10 years after she had opened the Essex firm's new saleroom for an auction preview this week.

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Huge group of photos at auction reflects 19th century collecting craze of the carte de visite

12 April 2018

Parents will now be shelling out hundreds of pounds as kids fill up football World Cup sticker albums and negotiate playground swaps in a now time-honoured fashion. Back in the mid-19th century the photo collecting craze was all about the carte de visite, as a May 3 auction underlines.

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Summer Palace bronze sells for £410,000 at Canterbury Auctions

11 April 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has sold for £410,000, four times its lower estimate.

UK exports

UK art exports to China soar despite overall slide in international customs figures

11 April 2018

Art and antiques exports from the UK continued to fall in 2017, recording a decline of 2.2% to £4.84bn, according to UK trade figures from HMRC. At the same time, there were areas of significant growth, including exports to China which rose by 350% to £115.9m in 2017.


Manuscript for Sherlock Holmes story featuring secret code by Arthur Conan Doyle goes under the hammer in Texas

11 April 2018

A handwritten manuscript of a Sherlock Holmes story featuring a cipher devised by author Arthur Conan Doyle goes under the hammer this month in Dallas, Texas.

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Red Bed eulogised by Nancy Mitford from Faringdon House up for auction

11 April 2018

Nancy Mitford was so enamoured with a particular bed that she wrote about it lovingly in the 1950s.

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Movers and shakers: latest arts and antiques appointments

10 April 2018

A look at the latest moves in the trade.


Export bar placed on Rubens’ rare 17th century painting of an African man

10 April 2018

A rare 17th century depiction of an African man in Europe by Peter Paul Rubens has been placed under a temporary export bar in an attempt to keep it in the country.

Tyeb Mehta’s ‘Durga Mahisasura Mardini’

Sotheby’s returns to India for Mumbai auctions

10 April 2018

Sotheby’s is to return to holding auctions in India to take advantage of the growing wealth in the Asian nation.

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Fresh to market Gauguin paintings and a van Gogh landscape come to auction in Paris

10 April 2018

Five early works by Gauguin that have never before been on the market and a landscape by van Gogh that has spent eight years hanging in the Van Gogh Museum are to be offered at auction in Paris in June as part of Artcurial’s auction of Impressionist and Modern art.


Sotheby’s re-thinks buyer’s premium fee at online-only auctions

09 April 2018

Sotheby’s is retreating on its pledge to scrap fees for purchasers at its online-only auctions.


Court orders Mossgreen to return lots to owners

09 April 2018

The administrator of collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen has been ordered to return thousands of lots after Federal Court ruled it did not have the right to charge clients fees to collect their own goods.