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Defra to crack down on marine ivory trade

17 June 2024

The trade in most antique scrimshaw and narwhal tusks will effectively be banned in the UK in just over two months

German art VAT cut welcomed by dealers

17 June 2024

Art in Germany might be about to get a bit cheaper with the German government confirming it will cut the VAT on art sales from 19% to 7% in line with its import VAT.


Browne steps down as executive chairman of BAMF after 28 years

17 June 2024

Anthony Browne, executive chairman of the British Art Market Federation (BAMF) since its founding in 1996, is to stand down at the end of the month. While he will remain with the association as president, his successor will be the art lawyer Martin Wilson.


Maker mined a rich seam of chess subjects

17 June 2024

A chess set recently acquired by the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) has gone on display as part of the year-long exhibition 84/84 - The Longest Year, which runs until March 2025.


Bid Barometer: issue 2648

17 June 2024

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


Library emerges as big buyer at dedicated Welsh art auction

17 June 2024

Institution based in Aberystwyth purchases five post-war works at regular dedicated Welsh auction


Hillier work hidden from the Nazis by a maid comes for sale

17 June 2024

Tristram Hillier (1905-83) described the Surrealist pictures he created at Étretat, the picturesque town on the north-western coast of France, as “some of the best I have ever made”.


Start the week: Dealer shows with special look at works on paper

17 June 2024

The annual festival of art taking place at galleries across the capital and in several online shows is known as London Art Week and this year has a special focus featuring works on paper


Previews: Lots on the way at this summer's auctions

17 June 2024

Our look ahead to some of the many stand-out items on offer at auctions this summer.


Anne Crane: an ATG provenance stretching back to 49 years…

17 June 2024

When our intrepid reporter first joined the Gazette in 1975 it was a world of manual typewriters, carbon paper copies and index cards. Now retiring as a staff journalist, she writes here about the changes, challenges, fun and fascination of a career covering art and antiques


The war effort: London gallery and museum collaborate to show hidden prints

17 June 2024

A large cycle of lithographs created more than 100 years ago and then hidden away is seeing the light thanks to a collaboration between a London gallery and the Imperial War Museum


Best of British: Bullock longcase on offer in Heidelberg

17 June 2024

If proof were needed that regional British clockmakers were as capable of making impressive works as those of London colleagues, then an 18th century longcase clock being sold by Metz on July 19-20 in Heidelberg without reserve, provides it.


Indian works head to the sub-continent

17 June 2024

Two pictures by British artists with strong Indian connections sold for record sums at Dreweatts after drawing interest from the sub-continent.


Aquitania luxury liner lots steam into sale to satisfy a US buyer

17 June 2024

At the same time as a naval arms race was taking place in the years just before the First World War another maritime competition developed in the shape of liners.


Prophet and profits of horology auctions held in Germany and Switzerland

17 June 2024

Moses automaton watch is one of the stand-out hammer highlights in recent sales


Fouquet’s plaster temples stand firm at auction

17 June 2024

Scale models such as these Grand Tour-era plaster of Paris models of classical temples were used as prototypes by architects and inspiration for their own designs


Chardin’s sliced melon is a cut above to set Old Master record

17 June 2024

Christie’s set a record for any Old Master sold in France when a still-life by Jean Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) made €23m (£19.4m) at an auction in Paris on June 12, selling to a European collector.


Collection of devoted fan sets H&R Daniel demand test

17 June 2024

Porcelain from the Staffordshire factory takes up half a sale – and it’s just the first part of a huge collection


New chapter for Bath book event

17 June 2024

Annual fair held at the city’s Assembly Rooms since 1986 starts afresh in Pavilion venue this July


Boba Fett blasts his way to a top sum for a post-war toy

17 June 2024

A missile-firing 1979 Star Wars Boba Fett action figure was launched into the record books after selling for a premium-inclusive $525,000 (£411,000) at Heritage Auctions on May 31, becoming the most expensive ‘vintage’ toy ever sold at auction.