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News and previews of art and antiques sold at auctions throughout the UK and overseas, from multi-million-pound blockbusters to affordable collectables.


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Vintage camera with rare Ross Xpres lens goes 26-times over estimate in “spectacular” result at Linconshire auction

20 August 2018

A 1940s cine camera estimated at £200-300 was knocked down for £7800 at Batemans Auctions in Lincolnshire earlier this month.

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Pick of the Week: Trinidad painting sails into Cumbrian auction

20 August 2018

A ship painting by the artist regarded as the first great Trinidadian painter, Michel-Jean Cazabon (1813-88), surfaced for sale at Cumbrian auction house PFK earlier this month.

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CERAMICS: America's continuing love affair with the Wedgwood factory

20 August 2018

An old and respected provenance can still hold sway even in no longer buoyant sectors of the market.

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Leo Kaplan sale tests transatlantic ceramics taste

20 August 2018

After 49 years of trading in Manhattan, ceramics and glass dealer Leo Kaplan Ltd closed its doors earlier this year.

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‘Business as usual’ as China tariff looms

20 August 2018

The US-China trade row provides an unwelcome distraction to the September edition of New York’s 'Asian Art Week' (AAW).

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Single place left in NAVA’s novice auctioneer event

20 August 2018

Auctioneers with less than 12 months’ selling experience are being urged to apply to enter the NAVA PropertyMark ‘Novice Auctioneer of the Year’ competition.

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CS Lewis view on Shakespeare

20 August 2018

In 1942, the annual ‘Shakespeare Lecture’ at the British Academy was delivered by CS Lewis and called 'Hamlet: the Prince or the Poem?'

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Simeon Solomon turns from tragedy to triumph

20 August 2018

Pre-Raphaelite artist shunned and persecuted in his time is now a popular auction choice.

British and Irish book auctions August 21-31, 2018

20 August 2018

Our round-up of British and Irish book salescoming up from August 21-31, 2018.

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Faed feeds into genre theme

20 August 2018

This small scene by Scottish genre painter Thomas Faed (1826-1900) shown below sold for a quadruple-estimate £8500 at Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Ex-Bonhams specialists launch new saleroom in Los Angeles

20 August 2018

Downtown Los Angeles has a new mid-market fine art auc tion house, formed by a group of ex-Bonhams specialists.

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Rudolf Ernst takes precise view

20 August 2018

Spurred on by Middle Eastern demand, Orientalist art came out top at Christie’s 19th century European & Orientalist Art auction in London.

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John William Waterhouse makes siren call

20 August 2018

Works by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers continued to outperform the rest of the Victorian art market during the latest round of sales in London. Topping the auctions at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s were two ‘jeune fille fatale’ creations by Pre-Raphaelite latecomer, John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).

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A £7500 toast to the Dutch East India Company

20 August 2018

A valuation day find for Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium), this Dutch-engraved East India Company baluster goblet c.1760, took a multi-estimate £7500 in Evesham.

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Bid barometer

20 August 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period August 9-15, 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Stuart Devlin collection at Surrey sale

20 August 2018

When it comes to auctions of Stuart Devlin silver, a very good market test is coming up soon. Catherine Southon’s October 3 sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club in Selsdon, Surrey, offers a single-owner collection.

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Early printed works impress at auction

20 August 2018

The most important Greek printing project of the 15th century, and the greatest achievement of the great Venetian printer Aldus Manutius’ Greek publishing programme, was one of the landmark works seen at auction this summer.

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Trengoff’s bottle brings seal of approval at Reeman Dansie

20 August 2018

The most desirable of all sealed bottles are those that are both named and dated. It is the possibility for geneaological research that fires many collectors.

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Sotheby's place £5-7m estimate on pair to ‘Bainbridge vase’

20 August 2018

The pair to the famous ‘Bain bridge vase’ – knocked down at £43m in 2010 but later sold for half that sum – has come to market. Sotheby’s will sell the near identical vase, that has a century-long provenance, in Hong Kong in the autumn

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Glagolitic breviary is a once in several lifetimes rarity

20 August 2018

The first copy to come onto the market since 1895 and one of only six recorded in all, the Breviarum Romanum Glagoliticum printed in Venice in 1493 by Andreas Torresanus de Asula was another highlight of the Christie’s sale of July 11.

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