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1) Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen sells for over £20m at auction in France – watch video of auction

A panel ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302) drew dramatic competition at French auction house Actéon, becoming the eighth most expensive Old Master ever sold.

Cimabue's ‘The mocking of Christ’

‘The mocking of Christ’, a tempera painting with gold background on poplar panel attributed to Cenni di Pepo (known as Cimabue). It sold for €19.5m plus premium at auction house Actéon in Senlis, France. Image courtesy of Actéon.

2) Moshe Oved silver ring, rare British petrol pump globe and William Gladstone’s grandfather clock – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a silver ring by Moshe Oved that made 70-times estimate, a rare British petrol pump globe that doubled predictions and a longcase clock believed to have been owned by former British Prime Minister William Gladstone that chimed with bidders.

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A silver ring by Moshe Oved – £3500 at Dreweatts.

3) Actress Judi Dench and the Brontë Museum call on public to help fund bid for miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth in West Yorkshire has begun a public campaign to raise the final funds needed to bid for a rare manuscript from the Brontës' childhood.

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The copy of The Young Men's Magazine, Volume 2 dated August 1830 by Charlotte Brontë (1816-55). It will be offered with an estimate of €600,000-800,000 on November 18.

4) Rare Islamic gold dinar sets joint record at auction

A rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD) equalled the auction record for an Islamic coin when it was hammered down at £3.1m at Morton & Eden.

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A rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD)sold at £3.1m at Morton & Eden.

5) Auction record for a £1.2m bottle of Scotch whisky

The £7.6m sale of ‘The Ultimate Whisky Collection’ at Sotheby’s in London included a single bottle sold for £1.2m.

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The £1.2m bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare 60-Year-Old 1926. whisky that sold at Sotheby's.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period October 24-30, 2019.