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1) Dealers and collectors make their final challenge to Ivory Act

A High Court judge has granted dealers and collectors permission to take their Ivory Act 2018 challenge to the Court of Appeal, a move that could delay the law’s enforcement into spring next year.

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The Royal Courts of Justice in London, where the Court of Appeal will hear the case against the Ivory Act 2018 and its near-total ban on trade in antique ivory.

2) Is the price right? At Olympia, dealers give buyers their tips on negotiation

A fair’s last day is traditional hunting ground for buyers seeking discounts. This timing may be misguided, however, as ATG learned in the closing hours of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia London.

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Some 70 dealers stalled out in the gallery level of the National Hall, above the 'Spirit of Christmas Fair', for the 'Winter Art & Antiques Fair' at Olympia London. Both are run by Clarion Events.

3) Auction record for Star Wars toy set in US with sale of rocket-firing Boba Fett figure

A new record for any Star Wars toy has been set in the US with the appearance at auction of a rare prototype action figure – the J-slot rocket-firing Boba Fett.


This J-slot rocket-firing Boba Fett sold at Hake’s of York, Pennsylvania at $157,500 ($185,850 including buyer’s premium) against a $200,000-$500,000 estimate.

4) Huge polar exploration exhibition opens at Spink in London

Auction house Spink is to host a comprehensive polar exhibition at its saleroom in Southampton Row, London.

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Grotto in an iceberg. A celebrated photo by Herbert Ponting from the 1910-13 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott in the Terra Nova.

5) Five lots to watch at auction including a rediscovered Paul Nash painting, a tripod table and a rare sampler

With estimates from £600-70,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales.


This British form of tripod table with a possible Ottoman origin, which may have been a specific commission, is estimated at £3000-5000 in the Lyon & Turnbull sale on November 20.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period November 14-20, 2019.