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John Chard’s handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift sells for £140,000

04 January 2021

A handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift by Lt John Chard of the Royal Engineers, who led the renowned stand against the Zulu attack, sold for a hammer price of £140,000.

Art and antiques businesses to focus on online sales this new year

04 January 2021

As the UK auction calendar ramps back up for the new year, expect sales to be held with no viewings or viewings by appointment.

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Russell Drysdale record equalled at Melbourne sale

04 January 2021

An important work by Modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) equalled his auction record when it sold at Deutscher and Hackett (25% buyer’s premium).

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Broadside or chapbooks in demand

04 January 2021

The surprise lot at Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) was one in which the principal attraction may well have been a penny broadside of 1826.

Norfolk auction sets record for autobiography of pioneering evolutionist Alfred Russel Wallace

04 January 2021

Bid to a record £1900 in a Norfolk auction was a 1905, two-volume first of 'My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions'.

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Glassmaker turns his hand to silver

04 January 2021

The name William Beilby (1740-1819) is typically associated with the best of English glass and particularly the enamelling workshop operated from Amen Corner in Newcastle in the 1760s-70s.

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Evocative rural photographs by PH Emerson showcased by Michael Hoppen Gallery

04 January 2021

'Coming Home from the Marshes', 1886, by pioneering photographer PH Emerson (1856-1936) in his series 'Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads', is among the works offered in a solo show on the artist at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery until the end of this month.

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Museum buys stained glass window designs

04 January 2021

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has bought a presentation watercolour picture for three stained glass windows in a local church, St Peter’s in Cowfold, from London dealer Abbott and Holder.

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ATG letter: The Morris label is from later date

04 January 2021

MADAM – Re: your article on the William De Morgan ‘Frightened Bird’ dish sold for £27,000 at Martel Maides (Pick of the Week, ATG No 2471).

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News In Brief – including a record year for the Acceptance in Lieu scheme

04 January 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a record amount of paintings, antiques and historical objects being saved for the nation in lieu of tax in 2020

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Cornwall lands at ground level

04 January 2021

Two businesses from the West Country tell us how trade was going before the latest coronavirus restrictions

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Bid Barometer: issue 2474

04 January 2021

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

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Sign of the Chicago style at Toomey

04 January 2021

Chicago auction house Toomey (25/20/15% buyer’s premium) offered items with links to important local figures in art and design during its Tradition & Innovation auction.

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Whitefriars stained glass designs offered at Abbott and Holder

04 January 2021

This 1928 ink and watercolour of stained glass for Stockton on the Forest in North Yorkshire is offered at Abbott and Holder for £350.

British and Irish book auctions: January 5-28, 2021

04 January 2021

Our regular listing of British and Irish book and works on paper sales.

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Precious metals prices: issue 2474

04 January 2021

On Wednesday, December 23, Michael Bloomstein of Brighton was paying the following for bulk scrap against a gold fix of: $1867.10 / €1529.07 / £1390.06

The Bruno Effect updates on latest dealer signings

04 January 2021

The Bruno Effect, a digital marketplace that will provide a platform for initially 650 dealers to sell their furniture and collectables online, has revealed new dealers ahead of its launch.

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Rare prints by Iraqi artist emerge in UK

04 January 2021

As with other sectors of the art and antiques market, Contemporary art can certainly produce dramatic bidding battles for under-valued material at auction.

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ATG letter: Could be handy for a game of hnefatafl – or just a toy instead

04 January 2021

MADAM – I read with interest your article about the ‘Bradwell chess piece’ (News, ATG No 2470, and Letters, ATG No 2472).

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Back-painting at sale forefront

04 January 2021

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Autumn Fine Sale in Leyburn was topped by a pair of verre eglomisé pictures by Jonas Zeuner (1727-1814).

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