Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus that began in China and seriously impacted many countries around the world in early 2020 led to challenging times the art and antiques industry, with numerous fairs and auctions being rescheduled and cancelled.


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Auction houses and the art and antiques trade get go-ahead to re-open to public in June

26 May 2020

Auction houses, art and antiques shops, galleries and markets can reopen to the public in June in England – as long as strict new measures are adhered to.

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Gold price hits record high in the UK

21 May 2020

An all-time high for gold was recorded in the UK this week as investors looked to the traditional safe haven of the yellow metal at a time of grave economic uncertainty.

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Portobello Road to become traffic-free to enable social distancing for shoppers

20 May 2020

Portobello Road will close to traffic during weekday trading hours to allow more room for shoppers and visitors.

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French auction houses reopen following Germany’s lead as lockdown eases across Europe

19 May 2020

Auction houses in France have been given the go-ahead to re-open this month after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lobbying helps art industry make key step in return to full trading in England

18 May 2020

Following representations by the British Art Market Federation (BAMF) and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers And Valuers (SOFAA) to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), auction houses were removed from the list of businesses that must remain closed due to the government's lockdown measures. DCMS said antique dealerships will also be able to open premises from June 1.

BAMF working to tackle backlog over export licences

18 May 2020

The art market is lobbying for the reopening of the Export Licensing Unit (ELU) which closed in March.

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Christie’s launches major cross-continental Modern art sale using live streaming with bidders in the room where permitted

15 May 2020

Christie’s is launching a new sale-format for a major 20th century art auction in July.

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Auction houses and art and antiques dealers to open premises in June

13 May 2020

A government department has confirmed to ATG that auction houses in England will be able to open to the public in June and conduct home valuations, as long as social distancing and the latest government guidelines are met.

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More auction houses return to rostrum with online-only sales

13 May 2020

Lots Road Auctions, The Canterbury Auction Galleries and Bishop & Miller are among the latest auction houses to plan a return to the rostrum and hold live online only sales.

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Employee furlough extended until the autumn to support economy

12 May 2020

The government scheme to pay wages of workers during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until October.

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Latest government guidance sketches out possible way forward for art and antiques firms

12 May 2020

A 50-page document detailing the steps the government is taking to return some businesses in England to operation and ease some of the current lockdown was published on Monday May 11.

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Coronavirus: La Biennale Paris called off until 2021 but dealers face “no financial risks”

12 May 2020

Organisers of La Biennale Paris have postponed the 32nd edition of the event until next year.

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Auction houses and dealers raise thousands for NHS charities

11 May 2020

Recent timed online sales organised by regional auction houses and dealers to raise money for charity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic have raised more than £42,000 so far.

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From Roman fragments to jigsaws: dealers sell for charity

11 May 2020

Dealers might not be on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis but many are trying to do their bit through charity sales. Here is a quick look at some of the businesses pledging proceeds to good causes.

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Government lays out steps to reduce lockdown in the UK

10 May 2020

UK Prime minister Boris Johnson spoke to the nation on Sunday evening to set out his government's latest response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus by Francis Bacon

Major auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s remain scheduled as live events

09 May 2020

The flagship art auctions due to take place at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in June and July remain on the calendar as live events.

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Art and antiques businesses may be able to reopen premises later this month under guidance to be issued by government on Sunday

07 May 2020

A number of businesses should be able to reopen this month when relaxations to the current UK lockdown are announced by prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, May 10.

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London rare book fair 'Firsts' cancelled and digital event to be launched

05 May 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair 2020', has been cancelled for the summer and will instead be replaced with a digital version.

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Items from France’s national furniture collection to be auctioned to raise funds for health service

04 May 2020

France’s Mobilier National, the body that looks after the national furniture collection, is auctioning 100 pieces from its holdings in order to support the country’s health service.

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Urban artist creates new painting to raise money for NHS at Forum Auctions

01 May 2020

Forum Auctions is hosting a single-lot live online-only sale to raise money for the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

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