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The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’

Catalogue released as ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ goes on show at Paris contemporary art gallery

17 April 2019

The catalogue for the painting billed as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’ has been published ahead of its auction in June.

The fire at Notre-Dame in Paris

Christie’s owner Pinault family pledges €100m for Notre-Dame in Paris after fire

16 April 2019

The Pinault family, owner of auction house Christie’s, has pledged €100m for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after the fire yesterday.

British and Irish book auctions: April 16-27, 2019

15 April 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 16-27, 2019.

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Phillips to offer rare wristwatch find in Geneva

15 April 2019

The May 11-12 Geneva sale conducted by Phillips in association with watch consultancy Bacs & Russo includes one of the most complicated wristwatches of the pre-war era: the Vacheron Constantin minute repeater with retrograde calendar from 1940.

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Victorian photograph of the moon sells in an Irish auction

15 April 2019

A label to this 21 x 16½in (53 x 42cm) print reads 'Photograph of the Moon, taken by Prof Henry Draper, MD, with a silvered glass Telescope, Fifteen and a Half Inches Aperture, Hastings NY September 3rd 1863'.

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Photography pioneer pictures French city in 1840

15 April 2019

Philippe Fortuné Durand is regarded as the first professional photographer in France.

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Vintage cameras and equipment snapped up by eager bidders at French auction

15 April 2019

A double helping of vintage cameras and photographic equipment was recently staged at Chartres by the Ivoire group Lelièvre, Pascal, Maiche, Paris (20% buyer’s premium).

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Qing altar stand heads back home to China

15 April 2019

The boom in all things Chinese does occasionally make one marvel as to how and why some material finished up in the West.

Book of Hours

Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba consigns World Cup final boots to charity auction

11 April 2019

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is selling the boots he wore at the 2018 World Cup final at a charity auction in Paris.

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Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction

11 April 2019

Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).

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Signs of the times: Single owner collection stands out at Paris auction

08 April 2019

Pioneer collection of street furniture goes from Parisian flat to the saleroom.

Cabinet attributed to Pierre Gole

Elaborate 17th century cabinet provides star quality to €2m country house collection

08 April 2019

A 17th century tortoiseshell, pewter and brass marquetry cabinet on stand was the star turn in the sale of the contents from a country house in the Ile de France at Drouot in Paris.

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Single-owner sale: Signs that Paris appreciates its streetscapes

08 April 2019

French and foreign bidders flock to white-glove sale of pioneer collection of the city’s heritage

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We’re back: Skeleton of rediscovered dinosaur species exhibited in Heathrow Airport before going up for auction in France

08 April 2019

A 155m-year-old one-of-a-kind diplodocus skeleton has been moved from the shale beds of Wyoming to Heathrow Terminal Five, a stopover on its way to auction in France.

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Two seven-figure French discoveries

08 April 2019

A Mannerist bronze after Giambologna and a rediscovered oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens posted seven-figure sums during the series of sales coinciding with the Salon du Dessin fair in Paris.

British and Irish book auctions: April 9-18, 2019

08 April 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 9-18, 2019.

UK parliament

Shippers welcome new EU grace period for imports and exports in the event of a no-deal Brexit

04 April 2019

Art shippers have welcomed European Union laws that create a grace period for UK hauliers until the end of 2019.

Patrick van Maris

TEFAF chief on vetting controversies and the future of the hugely influential Maastricht fair

03 April 2019

TEFAF chief executive Patrick van Maris is four years into his tenure and after positive feedback about the 2019 Maastricht event, he talked to ATG about the response to changing the fair’s vetting system, the opportunity to expand in Maastricht and other changes to 2020’s event.

Rubens oil sketch of St Margaret

Rubens oil sketch for church ceiling in Antwerp takes €1.3m at auction

03 April 2019

Discovered in a house in northern France, a rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has sold for €1.3m (£1.12m).

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