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British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case

27 July 2021

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.

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A Lawrence of Arabia poster and a sketch of Lucian Freud by his daughter are among five lots to watch

26 July 2021

With estimates from £150-30,000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including news of major flooding at Portobello’s shops and arcades

25 July 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Portobello Road dealers left reeling after a month of rain fell in 90 minutes and flooded homes and businesses in the area.

Thomas Lawrence's 'The Red Boy'

Lawrence’s ‘The Red Boy’ bought by The National Gallery in deal via Christie’s

24 July 2021

The National Gallery is to acquire a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) with the help of charitable donations and advice from Christie’s.

Chinese export coffee cup

Artist Joshua Reynolds’ coffee cup stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

23 July 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of Chinese export coffee cups and saucers commissioned by portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) that doubled estimate in Yorkshire.

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Polar Medals sold at auction are believed to be the only father and son combination ever awarded

22 July 2021

What is believed to be the only father and son Polar Medal group to be awarded more than doubled the top estimate at Warren & Wignall (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 14.

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Consequences of self-isolation for businesses

22 July 2021

Art and antiques businesses are being impacted by staff shortages due to self-isolation requirements relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A dozen ‘national treasures’ saved for the nation after export licence blocks

21 July 2021

A dozen items deemed national treasures were bought by institutions between May 2018 and April 2020 with a value of £7.6m, according to the latest report.

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Government launches consultation on extending antique ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales

20 July 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on extending the near-total ban on the antique ivory trade.

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An Arts & Crafts lustre wall charger and a Roger Fry picture are among the five lots to watch this week

19 July 2021

With estimates from £100-8000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including news of two Leonardo drawings making headlines at auction and in court

18 July 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Leonardo drawing selling at auction and another caught up in a court battle.

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Fake or Fortune? returns to screens for its ninth season this month

17 July 2021

BBC TV show Fake or Fortune? is returning later this month after filming progressed in between lockdowns.

Portrait miniature by Sarah Biffin

Portrait by artist Sarah Biffin, born without hands, arms or feet, is among the latest pick of five auction highlights

16 July 2021

Our weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a portrait by artist Sarah Biffin which sold for more than ten times its estimate.

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England relaxes coronavirus restrictions but recommendations remain in place

14 July 2021

The UK government has confirmed that from July 19 in England many of the coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed.

'120 Days of Sodom'

French state buys infamous Marquis de Sade’s manuscript with help from a wealthy banker

13 July 2021

France’s Ministry of Culture announced the acquisition by the state of the ‘120 days of Sodom’ by the Marquis de Sade and a number of other manuscripts.

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Marble candelabra and a Celtic coin are among five lots to watch at auction

12 July 2021

With estimates from £1500-40,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including news of TV personalities Eric Knowles and Charles Hanson teaming up for a valuation day

11 July 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of two antiques celebrities taking part in a valuation day to raise money for charity.

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Book fan leaves his antiquarian collection to local Oxfam shop

10 July 2021

A book collector who travelled to an Oxfam shop in Tavistock, Devon every Tuesday by bus for the past decade has left his entire book collection to the charity.

Wassail bowl and cover

Charles II wassail bowl stars in our latest pick of six auction highlights

09 July 2021

Our weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Charles II lignum vitae wassail bowl and cover that went above estimate in Salisbury.