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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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Artist Joshua Reynolds’ coffee cup stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

23 July 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of Chinese export coffee cups and saucers commissioned by portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) that doubled estimate in Yorkshire.

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Polar Medals sold at auction are believed to be the only father and son combination ever awarded

22 July 2021

What is believed to be the only father and son Polar Medal group to be awarded more than doubled the top estimate at Warren & Wignall (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 14.

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Christie’s says Asian buyers now dominant

19 July 2021

Asian buyers have become the dominant force at the top end of the auction market, according to Christie’s.

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Sly bidder bags Lalique’s rare fox

19 July 2021

One of the rarest of all of the 31 car mascots made by Lalique between 1925-31 came up for auction at Kinghams in the Cotswolds.

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Pick of the week: Demand for Georgian print is racing certainty

19 July 2021

A rare Georgian print on a sporting theme was offered by Northumberland auction house.

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Super Mario 64 makes an equally super $1.35m

19 July 2021

Remarkable sums were paid for vintage video games at Heritage Auctions – including a record-breaking $1.35m (£1m) bid for Super Mario 64.

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An Arts & Crafts lustre wall charger and a Roger Fry picture are among the five lots to watch this week

19 July 2021

With estimates from £100-8000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Farming family reaps reward years later as Flemish cabinet tops Wilson55 sale

19 July 2021

A sale at Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) in Nantwich this month was topped at £22,000 by an 18th century Flemish ebony and tortoiseshell veneered cabinet.

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Ottoman sword is swell buy in Munich

19 July 2021

The prize lot sold at a recent Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Munich was this 19th century Ottoman kilij of characteristic form with a curved blade swelling towards the tip.

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Art Deco necklace fetches new high for Fouquet

19 July 2021

A quintessential example of avant-garde Art Deco jewellery by a French designer who was renowned for such modernist pieces was the toast of Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) online Jewellery sale in Paris which closed on July 7.

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Sought-after Colt now on way home to US

19 July 2021

The outstanding lot in the arms and armour sale held in London on June 30 by Thomas Del Mar (25% buyer’s premium) was the £96,000 16th century Augsburg close helmet illustrated on the front page of last week’s ATG (No 2501).

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Medal minted as US presidential thanks for lifesaving rescue off coast of Kent

19 July 2021

A recent sale at Bentley’s (19% buyer’s premium) in Cranbrook, Kent included a rare US Presidential lifesaving medallion.

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Australian pioneer artist John Glover's sketchbook emerges at Ewbank’s

19 July 2021

The British artist John Glover (1767- 1849) would doubtless have faded into relative obscurity had he not chosen, in 1831, to make a new life in colonial Australia. He ended up being dubbed ‘the father of Australian landscape painting’.

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McEwen collection of bows generates interest at Thomas Del Mar sale

19 July 2021

Among the properties included in the June Thomas Del Mar sale was the McEwen collection of bows and associated items which proved unexpectedly popular raising £30,000, around four times its top estimate.

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Early reproductions of French furniture now matching the price of original pieces

19 July 2021

The price gulf that once existed between good 18th century French furniture and very good late 19th century revivalism is no longer visible at auction. A quality reproduction can often outsell its period exemplar.

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French sales feature Indo-Chinese works with Hanoi link

19 July 2021

What is known as Indo-Chinese art frequently comes up for auction in France, in part because this area of south-east Asia was formerly a French colony.

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Not just any old ironworks

19 July 2021

Two rare and evocative paintings depicting a 19th century ironworks in South Wales were hotly contested at a recent Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Pistol trio pack the punch of Keith Neal provenance

19 July 2021

Three pistol lots came to the fore at a recent sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Mirror on the crest of an auction wave

19 July 2021

The vast majority of cushion-moulded mirrors from the late 17th century have lost their original cresting, which was both flamboyant and fragile.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2502

19 July 2021

ATG’s pick of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com, including both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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