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Early 18th century documents detailing a slavery abolitionist's ill-fated project emerge at auction

17 October 2020

Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an African island to prove plantations could be run without slavery.

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Auction record for Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ as book dealer bids $8.4m at Christie’s

16 October 2020

An ‘original and complete’ copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio of plays set an auction record at Christie's latest 'Exceptional' sale in New York.

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An Arts and Crafts oak panelled door and a rare token of Napoleonic-era patriotism are among five auction highlights sold this week

16 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an oak panelled door designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector

15 October 2020

A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Gramophone bought by the Rothschild family for Waddesdon Manor comes to auction

14 October 2020

A rare gramophone believed to have been bought by James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of the Rothschild banking dynasty, for the family home of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, is coming to auction next week.

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Bonhams’ expands management team with new hire

14 October 2020

Bonhams has hired Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, a luxury and consumer goods specialist, to become non-executive chairman of the auction house.

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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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Christie’s takes third way on premium structure

12 October 2020

Christie’s has changed its buyer’s premium levels this autumn – creating clear air between its fee structure and those used at Sotheby’s and Bonhams.

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Aston’s premises go to ‘friendly rival’ as Special Auction Services expands into the Midlands

12 October 2020

Special Auction Services is expanding into the West Midlands and has taken over the premises of toy and collectables specialist Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley.

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Pick of the week: King George I in the running at £125,000

12 October 2020

Paintings by leading British sporting artists went under the hammer for the first time in over 100 years at Cheffins in Cambridge on October 1.

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Eight Immortals vase brings £3.3m in Paris

12 October 2020

This 21½in (55cm) high Qianlong famille rose vase and stand sold for €3.7m (£3.3m) at the Drouot in Paris last month.

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Robot record for a Masudaya attic find

12 October 2020

After 60 years in an attic, an extremely rare battery-operated Machine Man robot with its original box rolled into the spotlight at Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Joys of the East: Upcoming Indian and Islamic art auctions and exhibitions

12 October 2020

The two-part Asian Art in London begins with Indian and Islamic art auctions and dealer exhibitions this month.

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A tinplate toy bus, a George IV side cabinet and a railway carriage inkwell are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

12 October 2020

With estimates from £200-12,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Dod and Gluck stand out in Penzance

12 October 2020

Works by two Modern British female artists whose stars have been rising commercially over recent years topped the bill at the latest fine art sale held at David Lay (18% buyer’s premium).

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Printz charming: Art Deco design

12 October 2020

Furniture ensemble sold in French auction had been in the same family since being produced

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Obituary: Martin J Zimet (1931-2020)

12 October 2020

Art dealer Martin Zimet died on September 25, aged 88.

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Map handy for a London visit

12 October 2020

It was not in the best of conditions, but an unusual cartographic lot in an August 6 sale at Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle sold at £420.

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Bawden works with personal touch consigned to Sworders

12 October 2020

A group of works by Edward Bawden (1903-89) will be offered at Sworders’ Modern British & 20th Century Art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 20.

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Eight Modern British artists in the spotlight from dealers this month

12 October 2020

A selection of Modern British works on offer from UK dealers.

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