California fair reveals a 19th century version of AI

29 January 2024

Catalogue of ‘mechanised thought’ counts as one of the stand-out items for sale at San Francisco event


Venini glass designs from two Italian architects build up transatlantic interest

29 January 2024

Two exceptional pieces of Venini glass surfaced at auction in the final days of 2023 on different sides of the Atlantic.

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Edward Hopper etching tops Bonhams’ print sale in Los Angeles

25 January 2024

American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is known for his moody views of his native New York with his paintings often imbued with garish light and contrasting bright and muted colours.


US president mesmerised by Lillie Langtry

22 January 2024

Though largely forgotten today, Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) was probably England’s first superstar, moving effortlessly from the stage to high society.


Hawaiian high: Sandwich Islands noblewoman sells for 180-times top guide

22 January 2024

Portrait of Sandwich Islands noblewoman who visited London on diplomatic tour in 1824 appears in Maryland auction


Captain America punches in for a debut comic appearance

22 January 2024

Top lot in the Potter & Potter (25% buyer’s premium) comics sale featured the debut of Captain America – introduced on the cover punching Hitler.


Keeping the dust jacket was definitely not a dumb move

22 January 2024

An original dust jacket made all the difference when Weiss Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) offered a first edition copy of Agatha Christie’s Dumb Witness in Lynbrook, New York.


Fertile imagination can generate a healthy price

22 January 2024

This terracotta figure is typical of the highly stylised pottery models honouring a fertility or mother goddess, made in Persia in the first millennium BC.


A new demonic possession: a 1950s horror film poster in demand at auction

22 January 2024

Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis are not exactly household names these days but they starred in what is now regarded as one of the best horror films of the 1950s.


Tobacco wealth fuelled commission of Tiffany vase

22 January 2024

This extraordinary Tiffany & Co. silver and mixed metal vase has many of the characteristics of the firm’s chief designer and director of its silver works, Edward Chandler Moore (1827-91).


Artist’s neighbour was Cubist legend

22 January 2024

Pierre Hodé (1889-1942) learned his trade in Paris, a resident of the famous Bateau-Lavoiri building in Montmartre where his close neighbour was Juan Gris.


Six-figure candlestick stands out as a shining example of Mamluk artistry

22 January 2024

Estimated at $5000-10,000, a 14th century candlestick made during the classical period of Mamluk artistic production hammered for $100,000 (£79,500) at Leland Little (20% buyer’s premium) in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on December 1.


Lalique scents an opportunity at Illinois auction

22 January 2024

For René Lalique, glass making represented a second career.


Two Old Master artworks to benefit from this year’s TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund

20 January 2024

Museums in Ireland and Connecticut are recipients of the annual grant

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Exceptional George II chairs lead Manolovici collection at Doyle

19 January 2024

Three exceptional George II period chairs lead the line in the upcoming Old Masters, English & Continental Furniture auction at Doyle New York.

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Bronzes from the Biennais Napoleonides series surface in upstate New York

19 January 2024

Spotted in a regular ‘Thursday Morning at Stair’ sale in upstate New York, a trio of French Empire gilt bronzes by Martin-Guillaume Biennais sold way above expectations on January 15.

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Massive Churchill collection including his desk, unpublished letters and inscribed books star in offering of London dealer

19 January 2024

A collection devoted to the life and work of Winston Churchill is among the standout items at The Winter Show in New York, which opens today.

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Velázquez portrait withdrawn from Sotheby’s Old Master sale

18 January 2024

A Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) royal portrait due to be offered at Sotheby’s New York has been withdrawn ahead of the auction.

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Remarkable Wedgwood Liberty Ware archive comes to market

16 January 2024

An archive related to the Wedgwood Liberty Ware project designed to raise money for victims of the First World War comes for sale at Freeman's Hindman in Philadelphia.

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Portrait of 18th century conjurer Joseph Pinetti works magic at auction

15 January 2024

A rare portrait of the magician Chevalier Joseph Pinetti (1750-1800) emerged for sale in Asheville, North Carolina.

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