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Boris Karloff The Mummy 1932 film poster could set world auction record in Sotheby's online sale

16 October 2018

A film poster tagline of ‘Pratt the uncanny in The Mummy’ wouldn’t have been anywhere near as scary as ‘Karloff the uncanny in The Mummy’.


Museums hit out at Titanic artefacts auction process

12 October 2018

The National Maritime Museum and National Museums Northern Ireland claim the bidding process in the sale of more than 5500 artefacts from the wreck of the doomed Titanic prevented them from submitting a formal offer.

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Eyes right for two striking photographs by Cameron and McCurry on offer in American auction

10 October 2018

If eyes really are the windows into the soul then two photographs taken nearly 120 years apart give the viewer plenty to ponder.


First book printed in Antarctica offered in New York as part of the Joe Fitzsimmons library

08 October 2018

The first book printed and published in Antarctica was 'Aurora Australis', a work produced during the 1908-09 Nimrod expedition led by Ernest Shackleton.

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Sotheby’s refutes $380m fraud claim filed in New York court

05 October 2018

Sotheby’s has described a claim filed in New York that it conspired to defraud the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev as “entirely without merit”.

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Female art designers in focus as London travel posters come up for auction in New York

04 October 2018

If you enjoy ‘spot the difference’ competitions, a pair of British travel posters coming up at auction in the US will be of immediate interest.

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Albert Einstein’s God Letter is coming to auction in New York with a $1m price tag

03 October 2018

Auction house Christie’s is to auction Albert Einstein’s God Letter – his correspondence to philosopher Erik Gutkind written a year before his death in 1954.

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Bernie Taupin property auction reflects successful Elton John songwriting partnership

03 October 2018

For a man who left school at 15 to start work as a farm labourer and an apprentice printer for a local newspaper in Lincolnshire, Bernie Taupin certainly made the most of his future career.


Brazilian birds – rare and costly creatures

01 October 2018

Jean Théodore Descourtilz’s Oiseaux brillans du Brésil “…is so rare that I had begun to doubt its existence”.


British grand piano from 1845 sells in Dallas auction

01 October 2018

Heritage Auctions in Texas sold this Broadwood amboyna and giltwood grand piano for $22,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at a recent auction. Evidently it had been on quite a journey.

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From $300 to $300,000 – Apple-1 computer sells at Boston auction

29 September 2018

An Apple-1 computer bought for $300 in the late 1970s has sold at an auction in Boston for $300,000 (£228,730) – $375,000 with buyer’s premium.


Trade lobbying helps win reprieve on US imports of Chinese art and antiques

24 September 2018

The art and antiques trade celebrated a victory in the US after the Trump administration dropped plans for an import tax of 25% on art and antiques of Chinese origin.


Three upcoming lots in the US including a Eugène Delacroix portrait

24 September 2018

The Old Masters section of Doyle’s auction in New York on October 31 will include a portrait by the French 19th century artist Eugène Delacroix.


British descendant donates silver teapot to Colonial Williamsburg museum

19 September 2018

A silver teapot that belonged to the last colonial governor of Virginia has been donated by a British descendant to the Colonial Williamsburg collection.


'The North American Indian' goes under the hammer at New York auction house where similar volume set a record in 2012

17 September 2018

An early photography book chronicling the lives and customs of Native American tribes is expected to reach $1.5m when it goes under the hammer in New York City next month.

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Chinese art consigned from outside US shines in New York auctions

17 September 2018

Ahead of a threatened import tax, overseas consignments of Chinese art were among the best sellers in the September Asian art sales in New York.


Apple 1 computer bought for $300 estimated at over $300,000 in Boston

17 September 2018

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak produced about 200 of their ground-breaking Apple 1 computers for Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California. It was one of the first personal computer stores in the world.

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Assyrian relief expected to raise over $10m at Christie’s New York

17 September 2018

A 3000-year-old Assyrian relief unearthed from the royal palace at Nimrud will be offered at Christie’s New York on October 31. It is expected to exceed $10m.


Christie's to offer one of the earliest pieces of ancient art in the US

17 September 2018

One of the earliest pieces of ancient art in the US, an ancient Assyrian relief that arrived in Virginia before the American Civil War, is being offered at auction.


Opportunities abound for buying traditional European art and antiques in the US

17 September 2018

Following more than a century of art market activity, opportunities now abound to buy traditional European art and antiques in the US



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