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Rising market for Mouseman as bookends sell for £10,000

15 July 2019

A rare pair of bookends by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson attracted huge interest and a remarkable £10,000 winning bid at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Egypt threat of legal action adds to ‘politicisation’ of antiquities

15 July 2019

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA) has said dealers and auctioneers should stand up to “the politicisation of the antiquities trade” in the wake of a row surrounding the sale of a £4m sculpture.

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Bournemouth centre saved as local dealers enter The Den

15 July 2019

Two south-coast dealers have secured the future of more than 100 traders with the purchase of a Bournemouth centre.

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Pick of the week: A woman’s first-hand view of the Cape

15 July 2019

Two previously unpublished watercolours painted by Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) during her momentous visit to the Cape of Good Hope emerged for sale at Stephan Welz & Co in South Africa earlier this month. They came for sale from the descendants of Lady Anne who had owned them since 1966.

Fairs more important than ever, say dealers

15 July 2019

The proportion of picture dealers standing at fairs has risen significantly during the last two years according to findings from the latest biennial Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD) survey.

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Palace of Versailles buys back €4m rococo commode from US collector

15 July 2019

A Louis XV period rococo commode made in 1744 for the Château de Versailles has returned home after more than 30 years out of France.

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Silver Tompion pocket watch discovered buried in Hexham ground

15 July 2019

A silver pocket watch by ‘father of British clockmaking’ Thomas Tompion has been literally unearthed in Northumberland.

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Lowry and his Rossetti prove top draws at 19th century art sales

15 July 2019

A Pre-Raphaelite drawing once owned by LS Lowry drew lively competition at the latest round of 19th century art sales in London.

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Sotheby’s moves its Edinburgh office to the Grand

15 July 2019

Sotheby’s is relocating its Edinburgh office in time for the August season. The firm will preview its September Scottish art sale in its new home near St Andrew Square.

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Marathon man: James Lewis on rostrum for 24hrs 6mins record sale

15 July 2019

Bamfords’ James Lewis has set a new Guinness World Record for the 'Longest Auction by One Single Auctioneer'.

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Lost Marlborough jewel unearthed in Salisbury

15 July 2019

A sapphire intaglio ring coming up for sale in Salisbury this week has been recognised as one of the Marlborough gems. At the eleventh hour, and after a deluge of interest, the ring, with its octagonal faceted stone carved with the bust of a Roman emperor (probably Julius Caesar), has been re-catalogued.

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Auction house Sotheby’s moves to ‘grand’ new office in Edinburgh

11 July 2019

Sotheby’s is relocating its Edinburgh office in time for the August festival season in the city and will preview its September Scottish art sale in its new home near St Andrew Square.

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Sapphire intaglio ring identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems

10 July 2019

Ahead of its auction in Salisbury, a sapphire intaglio ring has been re-catalogued after being recognised as one of the renowned Marlborough gems.

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Sold for 914 times top estimate: £5m ‘Botticelli’ stuns saleroom

08 July 2019

Spectators at an auction in Zürich were left flabbergasted when a Quattrocento panel painting with a SFr5000-7000 estimate catalogued as ‘in the style of Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510)’ was knocked down at SFr6.4m (£5.16m) after an intense 10-minute bidding battle.

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Zoffany drawing and Chelsea mug shine in London Art Week

08 July 2019

A black and white chalk on paper drawing of Jupiter and Antiope by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) was among the highlight sales during London Art Week (LAW).

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Adam Partridge in talks to buy Wright Marshall fine art

08 July 2019

Cheshire auctioneer Adam Partridge is in talks with the administrator of Wright Marshall Fine Art Auctioneers to buy its Knutsford fine art business.

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Masterpieces to a Rothschild’s taste tempt buyers during a packed London sales week

08 July 2019

The 52-lot auction of furniture, paintings and works of art collected by members of the Rothschild family was among the most animated during a packed week of London showpiece sales.

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Pugin parliamentary letter box posts £4200

08 July 2019

On December 27, 1851, the architect Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) wrote to Augustus Pugin (1812-52) with a progress report on the interior decoration of the Palace of Westminster.

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Big bids from collectors for Moorcroft little and large

01 July 2019

The recent sale of a single-owner collection of Moorcroft pottery by Kingham & Orme in Evesham demonstrated two distinct faces of the Staffordshire factory.

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Getting a grip on a £20,000 Fairbairn-Sykes dagger

01 July 2019

A rare variant of the classic Second World War commando knife has sold for 200 times its lower estimate at a North Yorkshire auction.

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