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Chinese bronze censer used to hold tennis balls sold for £3.3 million

17 June 2019

A Chinese parcel gilt bronze censer, that was being used to hold tennis balls when first seen by valuers last year, has sold at auction in Switzerland for close to £3.3m.

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Strong response to folk art collection of French writer and broadcaster at Paris auction

17 June 2019

Folk art (or art populaire as it is known in France) has gained an increased following over the years.

British and Irish book auctions from June 18-29, 2019

17 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 18-29, 2019.

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Astronomical works on comets and the planet Saturn achieve high sums in German sale

17 June 2019

Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German auction.

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Eroticism explored in Marseille exhibition

17 June 2019

Giorgio de Chirico’s 'Nudo dormiente', c.1930, is among the works included in Galerie Alexis Pentcheff’s erotic art exhibition 'Qriosa: Secret Room of Indecent Objects', where it is offered for €200,000.

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Gun found in a field where artist van Gogh shot himself to be sold in Paris

13 June 2019

Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound in the summer of 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in the south of France.

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

British and Irish book auctions: June 11-21, 2019

10 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 11-21, 2019.

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Pick of the week: Heavyweight bid as Aztec mosaic made of feathers sells to Paris museum

03 June 2019

A remarkable example of 16th century cross-culture art – a feather ‘mosaic’ picture made in Mexico for Christian conquerors – has been purchased at auction by the Musée du Quai Branly.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 June 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Art Nouveau jardinière design not seen since 1904 re-emerges at German auction

03 June 2019

Ceramics are a major focus of this report on sales from Germany. The selection of highlights and unusual pieces ranges from early 19th century products of the Vienna factory via Art Nouveau creations and 1920s Soviet-era porcelain to works by famed 20th century Studio potters.

British and Irish book auctions: June 3-15, 2019

03 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 3-15, 2019.

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Three lots coming up in German salerooms this month

03 June 2019

Three potential highlights from German auctions at Van Ham in Cologne, Quittenbaum in Munich and Wendl in Rudolstadt.

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Münter oils impress in Stuttgart sale

03 June 2019

Five oil paintings by the German artist Gabriele Münter, long-time companion and partner of Wassily Kandinsky, were very much at the centre of the action on May 8 in Stuttgart when Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) sold Modern and Contemporary art.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Speculation mounts over whether Louvre in Paris will label Salvator Mundi as a ‘workshop’ picture

30 May 2019

The question regarding the authorship of Leonardo's ‘Salvator Mundi’, the world’s most expensive painting, has again been the subject of media attention this week after it was claimed that experts at the Louvre in Paris are reluctant to exhibit it as a fully autograph work.

Renaissance stone putti

Record for Hans Daucher sculpture as putti point to earliest example of Renaissance architecture in Germany

29 May 2019

A pair of early 16th century carved stone putti was the toast of a recent auction at Sotheby’s Paris. Created for the chapel of a famous German Renaissance banking family, they sold as part of a collection from a French château for €1.95m (£1.71m).

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Early typewriter pushes all the right buttons at German auction

27 May 2019

An example of the first commercially produced typewriter – one of only five in private hands – has sold for €100,000 at auction in Germany.

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Well-known private collection of African art comes up in Sotheby’s Paris auction

27 May 2019

Tribal art makes regular saleroom appearances in Paris, which is one of the major commercial centres in this sector.

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Third slice of pre-Columbian works on offer at Drouot

27 May 2019

At the Drouot auction centre on June 6 the Paris firm of Binoche et Giquello will be selling a third instalment from a US collection of pre-Columbian works from Meso, Central and South America which is expected to realise in the region of €3m-4m.

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Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries

27 May 2019

The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.

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