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1) On the hunt for a record-breaking Dunhill Aquarium lighter

Chiswick Auctions has nudged forward its own record for an Alfred Dunhill Aquarium table lighter.

Alfred Dunhill Aquarium table lighter

Alfred Dunhill Aquarium table lighter with a fox hunting scene, £13,500 at Chiswick Auctions. 

2) Caravaggio rediscovered in a small Madrid auction house to go on display in The Prado

An artwork attributed to a pupil of José de Ribera and offered with an estimate of just €1500 (£1300) has been attributed to the great Caravaggio.

Ecce Homo by Caravaggio

Ecce Homo, 1605-9, by Michelangelo Merisi (known as Caravaggio) will be on loan to the Prado Museum from May 28.

3) Shahmoon family Giambologna bronzes sell at over 400 times estimate

Casts of two well-known Mannerist bronzes raced away at an online sale conducted by a New York auction house last month.

After Giambologna sculptures

Allegories of astronomy and architecture after Giambologna, $400,000 (£319,000) at Lark Mason Associates in New York.

4) Getty Museum buys 17 drawings from private collection

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired 17 drawings dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries from a private collection.

Eva Gonzalès picture

The Maid of Honor (La Demoiselle d’honneur), 1879, by Eva Gonzalès (1849-83).

5) Original cover artwork for Harry Potter comes to auction with record estimate

The original cover watercolour for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Thomas Taylor is coming to auction with the highest pre-sale estimate ever placed on an item of any Harry Potter-related work, according to Sotheby’s.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustration

An illustration for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Thomas Taylor, 1997, estimated at $400,000-600,000 at Sotheby’s.

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