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James Bond guns stolen from North London home

28 March 2020

Detectives are appealing for information after five deactivated guns used in James Bond movies were stolen from a residential address in Enfield, North London.

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Fellows sticks to family values as jewellery auction is staged from owner’s home

27 March 2020

Auction house Fellows of Birmingham has started holding live online sales of jewellery and watches ‘from home’. Managing director and auctioneer Stephen Whittaker conducted the latest sale in his own front room in rural Shropshire.

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Vendors support Lyon & Turnbull’s move to sell online

27 March 2020

The Edinburgh and London auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to press ahead with its two April sales as ‘live online only’ events. The firm’s sales of Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 (April 1) and Contemporary & Post-War Art (April 16) will feature auctioneer Gavin Strang on the rostrum in Edinburgh but no one else in the room.

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Rembrandt self-portrait, yachting watch and a portrait by a British society artist – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

27 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an early self-portrait print by Rembrandt selling at 40 times its top estimate and a portrait of a young woman by British ‘society’ artist Ambrose McEvoy.

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Coronavirus: latest changes to auctions and fairs dates

27 March 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, many fairs and auctions have been cancelled or postponed in both the UK and overseas. Here is a list of events that ATG is aware have been affected so far and this story will be updated as we receive further information.

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Coronavirus: Emergency measures for the self-employed announced by chancellor

26 March 2020

Emergency help from the chancellor Rishi Sunak will be available for self-employed people it was announced today.

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Masterpiece London cancelled for summer 2020 due to coronavirus crisis

26 March 2020

The summer 2020 edition of Masterpiece London planned for June 24-July 1 has been cancelled, organisers have announced.

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Coronavirus: Summer Olympia postponed with new dates pending

26 March 2020

Clarion Events, organiser of the two annual Olympia Art & Antiques Fairs have postponed its summer event.

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Online bidders snap up rare James Barry prints at Forum Auctions

26 March 2020

Two versions of a rare mezzotint self-portrait by the Irish artist James Barry (1741-1806) excelled when offered for sale at Forum Auctions. Both plates, one an unrecorded proof impression, the other possibly inscribed by the artist, took multi-estimate sums from online bidders.

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Poster from 1930s horror film The Invisible Man appears at Dallas auction

26 March 2020

This rare poster for 'The Invisible Man', the 1933 Universal Studios horror film, realised a hammer price of $152,000 (£132,175) in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster sale in Dallas.

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National Trust house in Cumbria buys portrait by Georgian society painter George Romney

25 March 2020

Sizergh Castle and Garden, a stately home and garden in Cumbria run by the National Trust, has bought a portrait by 18th century painter George Romney.

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UK art and antiques businesses close their doors but some sales to continue online

24 March 2020

The government’s updated list of businesses whose premises must close as UK enters three-week lockdown to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus includes all dealers, centres, fairs and auctions.

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Call to trade for help to locate lost Mod Brit painting stolen from train to Crewe

24 March 2020

The owner of a painting by Mod Brit artist Terry Frost (1915-2003) is appealing for help after he left it on a train from London to Milton Keynes on January 23.

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Historic archive of Second World War floating harbour designer bought at auction by museum

24 March 2020

An historic archive belonging to the engineer who oversaw the design of the Mulberry Harbours in the Second World War has been bought by a museum after being offered at Mitchells’ auction last week.

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Philip Mould launches daily livestream based on personal collection

23 March 2020

Philip Mould is putting his own spin on ‘working from home’ as he welcomes the public to his Oxfordshire estate.

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A Queen Anne-style giltwood dressing mirror and a First World War propeller chair are among four lots to watch this week

23 March 2020

With estimates from £1000-10,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week that you can view and bid for remotely.

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Gaitonde abstract leads Sotheby’s South Asian Art sale in New York

22 March 2020

A painting by the pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo S Gaitonde (1924-2001) led Sotheby’s anniversary sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in New York when it sold for a hammer price of $1.5m (£1.25m) against a $1m-1.5m estimate.

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Top stories this week – including news of the impact of coronavirus and the theft of Old Masters in Oxford

22 March 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of major changes to the auctions and fairs calendar, as well the theft of three valuable Old Master paintings stolen in raid on an Oxford college.

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18th century creamware mug, Victorian deluxe campaign wardrobe, early electrostatic generator – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

20 March 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an 18th century creamware mug that evokes the hysteria that greeted the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. It sold for over 12-times estimate.

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Kempton final March date postponed but 'we're evaluating next dates on a weekly basis'

20 March 2020

Sunbury Antiques Fairs, organiser of Kempton and Sandown fairs, has postponed the next scheduled dates of both events due to coronavirus concerns.