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Portobello Road area flooding

Portobello dealers ‘left reeling’ as flood hits shops and arcades

19 July 2021

Portobello Road dealers are cleaning up after “a month of rain in 90 minutes” flooded homes and businesses in the area last week.

Kempton antiques fair

Coronavirus rules relax but mask wearing to be the norm at antiques events

19 July 2021

Larger indoor fairs can go ahead in England now that coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed but many firms will retain coronavirus measures.

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Christie’s says Asian buyers now dominant

19 July 2021

Asian buyers have become the dominant force at the top end of the auction market, according to Christie’s.

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Sly bidder bags Lalique’s rare fox

19 July 2021

One of the rarest of all of the 31 car mascots made by Lalique between 1925-31 came up for auction at Kinghams in the Cotswolds.

Dr Elena Greer with tortoises

A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years

19 July 2021

Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.

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Super Mario 64 makes an equally super $1.35m

19 July 2021

Remarkable sums were paid for vintage video games at Heritage Auctions – including a record-breaking $1.35m (£1m) bid for Super Mario 64.

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Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking

12 July 2021

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is to raise concerns with the government about the impact of Brexit on antique gold and silver exports into the EU.

Silver gilt chalice

Irish silver gilt chalice pre-dates Reformation

12 July 2021

This 6½in (16cm) Irish silver gilt chalice dating from c.1480 is a rare survival from before the Reformation.

Watercolour on paper by Sam Szafran

Growing gains early on at London Art Week

12 July 2021

Exhibitors at London Art Week have reported a good flow of visitors to galleries as well as demand for the online series of talks.

Charles I inkstand

Rare silver inkstand makes its mark among latest London auctions

12 July 2021

The overall performance of the latest London sales of Old Master pictures and ‘important’ works of art was fairly mixed but the auction houses did at least welcome the return of some big-ticket items.

Leonardo drawing

One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

12 July 2021

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news last week as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

Fang head

Paris auction sets record for a tribal art collection result

12 July 2021

The sale of Michel Périnet’s collection of tribal art at Christie’s in Paris on June 23 real ised a remarkable €66m/£57m (including buyer’s premium) and every one of the 61 lots were sold.

Oliver Barker at Sotheby's

London sales are ‘best since pandemic’

05 July 2021

The latest round of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s represented the highest overall total for a ‘London’ auction series since before the coronavirus pandemic.

Eric Knowles

Antiques Roadshow specialist Eric Knowles turns dealer at new Kent emporium

05 July 2021

Decorative arts specialist Eric Knowles has become a dealer and teamed up with others in the trade to launch a new emporium in Kent.

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Antiques Trade Gazette's 2500th edition

05 July 2021

This week marks a numerical milestone as Antiques Trade Gazette publishes its 2500th edition.

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The life of Prof Riley – British tattoo pioneer

05 July 2021

Thomas Riley was one of the few professional tattooists of the Victorian and Edwardian era and – with patrons among international royalty and the aristocracy – a key figure in the changing perception of tattoos from ‘sailors’ marks’ to ‘body art’.

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Selling with intent at Petworth fair

05 July 2021

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair returned last month with 60 exhibitors and plenty of sales.

John-Paul Savant

Update on Auction Technology Group's proposed acquisition of Live Auctioneers

05 July 2021

CEO of Auction Technology Group John-Paul Savant discusses the proposed acquisition of Live Auctioneers and says it will bring you more of what you want

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London dealer hails victory in six-year legal battle over St James’s lease

28 June 2021

“We want art and antiques galleries to know that this area is now affordable," says dealer S Franses after High Court victory

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German all-time auction record: Sino-Tibetan bronze takes €9.5m bid at Nagel

28 June 2021

Stuttgart auction house Nagel called it ‘beyond doubt one of the most important gilt-bronzes to appear on the market for many years’ – and the monumental Ming dynasty Sino-Tibetan figure of the wrathful deity Vajrabhairava did not disappoint.

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