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EM Forster portrait sets auction record for Fry

06 July 2020

Providing a major boost to Bonhams’ first sale in London with room bidding since the lockdown, a portrait of the writer EM Forster by Roger Fry (1866-1934) set an auction record both for the artist and any Bloomsbury Group picture.

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IACF hails success at Newark as fairs go back to business

06 July 2020

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) kicked off its return to business with its first event after lockdown.

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Obituary: collector and author Malcolm Shields

06 July 2020

The collector, author and businessman Malcolm Shields was born in Hull. It was in the Yorkshire city where his company flourished and he gained much of his knowledge of antiques, coins and paintings – interests he pursued most enthusiastically.

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Elmwood’s opens Notting Hill office

06 July 2020

Jewellery auction house Elmwood’s has opened a new office in London and hired two new staff as business begins to return to normal after the lockdown.

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Francis Bacon stars at Sotheby's in the first summer ‘super sale’

06 July 2020

Sotheby’s held the first of this summer’s ‘super sales’ last week as it combined a series of three Modern and Contemporary art auctions into a marathon four-and-a-half hour live-streamed event.

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Pick of the week: New peak for Wainwright as sketch of the fells climbs to £10,200 record

06 July 2020

A record price of £10,200 was paid last month for a pen and ink sketch by fell-walking legend Alfred Wainwright at 1818 Auctioneers of Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Ericsson ‘grinder’ telephone dials in at £10,500

06 July 2020

Estimated at just £60-80, a rare Ericsson telephone sold for £10,500 (plus 17% buyer’s premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham.

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Birmingham’s brave new world

06 July 2020

Triannual 'Art & Antiques for Everyone' fair follows the online model for now ahead of scheduled November live event

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The web shop window: 18th century oil painting of Parliament

06 July 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

British and Irish book auctions: July 7-23, 2020

06 July 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 7-23, 2020.

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Art consultant's collection offered in New York includes Vinchon's fantastic falls at Tivoli

06 July 2020

On July 23 Stair of Hudson, New York, will be offering paintings, works on paper and sculpture from the collection of art consultant and adviser Matthew Rutenberg (1956-2019).

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Blairman offers rare Richard Redgrave-designed christening mug

06 July 2020

The original Richard Redgrave (1804-88) design for this 5in (12cm) christening mug – offered for sale by H Blairman & Sons priced at £12,000 – was published in the 1847 catalogue Art Manufactures Collected by Felix Summerly.

News in Brief – including Christie's merging its flagship art departments

06 July 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including Christie's merging its Impressionist and Modern Art and Contemporary Art teams.

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Watch sounds the alarm for the first time

06 July 2020

Not to be confused with the modern reissues, the original Vulcain Cricket was marketed in 1947 as the world’s first wristwatch with an alarm.

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A touch of Sheffield in the US

06 July 2020

This pair of early 19th century Neoclassical Sheffield plated wine coolers proved to be one of the more sought-after entries in the Doyle (25/20/12.5%) sale of silver furniture and decorative arts in New York.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2450

06 July 2020

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period June 25-July 1, 2020. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Precious metals prices: issue 2450

06 July 2020

On Friday, July 3, Michael Bloomstein of Brighton was paying the following for bulk scrap against a gold fix of: $1774.65 / €1583.47 / £1426.29

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British craftsman Peter Collingwood weaves his magic at auction

06 July 2020

Topping the Mid-Century Design sale held by Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, was a trademark work by Peter Collingwood (1922-2008) – the British craftsman at the forefront of weaving for 50 years.

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5 Questions: bookseller John Martin of Mayfly Ephemera

06 July 2020

Dealer John Martin runs Mayfly Ephemera. Available via ebay and on the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) website.

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German artist's view of Oxford from afar brings bidding at Sherborne sale

06 July 2020

The German-born watercolourist and musician John Baptist Malchair (c.1730-1812) was a key figure in 18th century Oxford.

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