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Bow figures from a New York collector

25 November 2019

The large collection of predominantly English ceramics offered by Stair Galleries from a New York collector included examples of 18th century porcelain from many of the major English factories.

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New York and Houston outlined

25 November 2019

A selection of maps of US cities from recent auctions stateside.

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Marvel’s first ever comic book - granddaddy of all Marvel Comics - makes auction record at $1m

22 November 2019

A 1939 copy of Marvel Comics No 1 sold at Heritage Auctions this week setting a world auction record for the most expensive Marvel comic ever sold.

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Auction record for Star Wars toy set in US with sale of rocket-firing Boba Fett figure

20 November 2019

A new record for any Star Wars toy has been set in the US with the appearance at auction of a rare prototype action figure - the J-slot rocket-firing Boba Fett.

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The web shop window: English furniture in French style

18 November 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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The railway that carried escaped slaves to freedom

18 November 2019

Sporting a distinctive hairstyle and beard that the cataloguer suggested “…would never again be replicated until early 21st-century Brooklyn”, the photograph below was part of a slavery and abolition-themed lot sold for $80,000 (£64,725) in an Americana sale held in New York by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on September 25.

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Drummer from The Strokes and his Old Master dealer namesake Fabrizio Moretti team up for Sotheby’s auction

11 November 2019

Old Master picture dealer Fabrizio Moretti and his namesake Fabrizio (Fab) Moretti from the band The Strokes have teamed up to hold an Old Master pictures and sculptures auction at Sotheby’s in New York in December.

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MS Rau all set to wow with enlarged premises

11 November 2019

New Orleans dealership MS Rau has opened an expanded retail space after three years of renovation.

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Bunker Hill blast from the past

11 November 2019

Musket that fired the first shot in 1775 American revolution battle appears in US saleroom.

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Shedding daylight on Art Nouveau

11 November 2019

The November 18 sale titled California Jewelry held by Doyle New York on the West Coast includes a group of French Art Nouveau pieces described as ‘Property from an Important Jewel Collector’. Several display the plique-à-jour (‘letting in daylight’) enamelling technique revived in the late 19th century.

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From a San Fran apartment

11 November 2019

This small-scale wall mirror by Line Vautrin from c.1950 measures approximately 15in (38cm) in diameter.

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The worldwise works of HG Wells

11 November 2019

Sold for a record $2750 (£2220) at PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium) in California on October 10 was an inscribed copy of The World Set Free, a prophetic novel by HG Wells.

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Folk art field trip in southern Moravia

11 November 2019

Going to the Fields by the Cezch artist Joža Uprka (1861-1940) is one of the potential best-sellers of Bonhams’ sale of 19th century European paintings in New York on November 20.

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Russian icons on offer

11 November 2019

A number of Russian icons are included in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s sale on November 16-17 in New Orleans, among them this 19th century Virgin of Kazan.

Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ first edition

Hindman sets auction record for copy of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’

08 November 2019

A record for a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species came at Hindman’s sale of the library of a Midwestern collector in Chicago earlier this week.

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Christie’s seeks exemption from Chinese import tax in US

08 November 2019

Christie’s has been praised for its stance on US tariffs on Chinese art after it became the first art market firm to seek exclusion from the tax, part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Late in October, Christie’s applied for exemption from a “punishing” import tax on seven types of Chinese art.

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Sculpture of Emperor Hadrian reigns supreme in Christie's Classic Week

04 November 2019

Christie’s latest ‘Classic week’ in New York raised a premium-inclusive $59.9m (£46.8m) from nine separate sales.

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Collector with an eye for the birds

04 November 2019

A sale at Rago Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in its New Jersey rooms offered potential buyers the Andrew Furer and Elle Douglas collection: 27 lots of Martinware (mostly composed of the potters’ iconic Wally Bird creations).

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Golf guide chips in for a sport surprise

04 November 2019

Golf books do not bring as many really high prices as was once the case, but the most recent of the regular sales in this category held by a Californian saleroom did contain a couple of surprises.

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Melville library in demand at Swann

04 November 2019

Two books from Herman Melville’s library, both volumes of classical poetry that were annotated throughout and in one instance signed, topped a recent New York sale.

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