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1) Soaked and shabby world map revealed to be by John Speed makes more than five times high estimate

A 17th century map by John Speed (1552-1629) sold at a Woolley & Wallis auction last week after being dumped in a wet, broken frame at a London charity shop.


This 1626 world map by John Speed bettered an estimate of £400-600 despite poor condition. It made a hammer price of £3500 at Woolley and Wallis’ Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks where it was offered by Oxfam.

2) Revised anti-money laundering rules: five tips for auctioneers at the NAVA Forum

A change to EU law, requiring auction houses, dealers and agents in art and antiques to carry out checks on transactions and customers, will come into force in January 2020 – regardless of Brexit.

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Delegates at the NAVA Propertymark Autumn Forum 2019 in Droitwich Spa.

3) Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

Duke’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.


A Charles II oak joined stool c.1670, estimated at £2000-3000, sold for £26,000 at Duke’s Athelhampton House sale.

4) Christopher Dresser vase, Staffordshire pottery animals and a carved oak panel – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes a Christopher Dresser vase that made over 40-times estimate and a group of Staffordshire pottery animals that fetched over 20-times estimate.

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A Christopher Dresser tapered vase with graduated turquoise ground – £4100 at Fieldings.

5) Obituary of art dealer John Jesse

John Jesse died unexpectedly this month in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He was 83. He will be remembered and missed by many in the art trade.


The late John Jesse.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period October 10-16, 2019.