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1) TEFAF vetting practices criticised by former committee member

A former member of the vetting committee at TEFAF Maastricht has criticised the fair for “vetting decisions being overruled or ignored”.

TEFAF Maastricht 2022

The opening of TEFAF Maastricht. 

2) Top-selling Mouseman clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes included a Mouseman clock case carved with elephants that more than doubled its estimate in North Yorkshire.

Mouseman elephants clock

Mouseman elephants clock, £10,000 at Tennants.

3) Johnny Depp makes surprise visit to Lincolnshire’s Hemswell Antique Centres

Buyers of art and antiques can often be glamorous and wealthy but it is safe to say not many of the shoppers at Lincolnshire’s Hemswell Antique Centres arrive by helicopter.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp at Lincolnshire’s Hemswell Antique Centres.

Image: Hemswell Antique Centres

4) Turner’s castle emerges in Cambridge saleroom

An early watercolour of Chepstow Castle by JMW Turner (1775-1851) that was previously recorded but its whereabouts unknown has emerged in Cambridge.

Turner's Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle on the river Wye, Monmouthshire, Wales, a watercolour by JMW Turner ,estimated at £30,000-50,000 at Cheffins.

5) Christopher Wren banknote takes 140-times estimate

A 1980s £50 note, issued between 1981-96 and featuring Sir Christopher Wren, was the stand out item in a job lot.


Rare early £50 note and others, £8400 at Mallams Oxford.

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