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Fiery laird and a more sedate Seago star in Surrey sale

25 February 2019

Drawing interest from the US was a portrait of a fierce-looking Scottish laird by John Pettie (1839-93).

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Henry Moore makes matters confusing

25 February 2019

An original drawing by Henry Moore (1898-1986) – which the artist labelled as a lithograph – was among the top-sellers of European art at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston.

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Extensive provenance gathers interest for a David Cox watercolour

25 February 2019

A lengthy provenance was key to the success of a large watercolour by the 19th century artist David Cox (1783-1859).

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £1700 in regional auctions including a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait

25 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1700, including a a Francis Cyril Rose self-portrait.

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Newlyn School work travels north for auction

25 February 2019

A little-known work by a prolific Newlyn School artist became the top lot of Scottish saleroom Elgin Auction Centre’s (15% buyer’s premium) February 6 sale.

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Lots linked to Lord Byron boost single-owner sale at Mellors & Kirk

18 February 2019

That rare beast – a good old-fashioned single-owner sale – is a format that seldom fails to produce decent results.

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Picasso mistress shows her own art skills

18 February 2019

A painting by one of Picasso’s mistresses drew considerable interest at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury on February 6.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £900 in regional auctions including a David Bates view of the Wye

18 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900, including a David Bates view of the Wye.

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De Wint depicts the city of York

11 February 2019

Rare work by artist best known for his Lincolnshire views is a highlight of Dorset sale.

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Miniatures make their impact at Gloucestershire sale

11 February 2019

Portrait miniatures and sporting pictures were chief among the solid sellers in a traditional assemblage of paintings at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) Country House sale in Gloucestershire on January 29.

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Bidders answer the call of the sea

11 February 2019

Works by two artists who made the ocean their muse were the focus of a small collection at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) on January 29.

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Bright white house buy in Edinburgh sale

04 February 2019

A painting by Scottish artist Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980), executed near the peak of her career in 1921 made £3250 at Edinburgh saleroom Franklin Browns (15% buyer’s premium).

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Mystery sitter in a bow tie

04 February 2019

This inter-war ‘English school’ portrait of a seated gentleman wearing a bow tie, bought for around £150 three decades ago, sold for an unexpected £7600 at Charterhouse (21% buyer’s premium) on January 17. The unfinished 4ft 2in x 3ft 4in (1.27 x 1.01m) oil was dated 1922 but unsigned.

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Dora Carrington ‘tinsel’ painting of circus is top lot as buyers splash the cash in Somerset auction

04 February 2019

“There’s no money around in January” is the refrain you often hear from businesses in the new year. But, as we know, the auction world behaves differently from other commercial markets.

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Olwyn Bowey greenhouse gets warm reception at auction

04 February 2019

The £140,000 record-breaking Cedric Morris lower painting at Chichester saleroom Henry Adams (plus 20% buyer’s premium) was not the only work by an artist-plantsman to feature in the January 17 sale (see ATG No 2377 for more on that Morris result).

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Mod Brits get in the Holliday mood

28 January 2019

Modern British pictures by female artists made a major contribution to the bottom line at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) dispersal of the Barbara Holliday Collection.

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Missionary zeal and tsunami destruction at Christie's

28 January 2019

An unusual Chinese School picture of a 17th century Dutch missionary scene led Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) £2m sale of topographical pictures in London.

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