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More reopenings in UK and Ireland as lockdown eases

29 June 2020

The easing of lockdown rules across the UK and Ireland will help the art and antiques sector return to some normality during the summer months.

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Ex-Nicholson’s pair launch auction house in Surrey with £10 vendor fee

29 June 2020

Art specialist Buffy Parker has launched Parker Fine Art Auctions in Surrey and will hold his first sale in September.

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‘Yongzheng’ lotus mouth vase passes £1m at Skinner

29 June 2020

The latest sale of Asian Works of Art held online by Skinner of Marlborough, Massachusetts included this blue and white bottle vase with a Yongzheng (1722-36) mark.

Nagel enters insolvency process

29 June 2020

Nagel in Stuttgart, which has been trading since 1922, has been so severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown that it has begun an insolvency process,.

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Online marketplace seeks The Bruno Effect

29 June 2020

The former boss of Online Galleries and 1stdibs International plans a ‘private members club’ marketplace for antiques dealers.

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Art Nouveau jewellery shines across the globe

29 June 2020

The medium of jewellery provided perhaps the greatest canvas for the new international style that flowed through the decorative arts around the turn of the 20th century.

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A new benchmark for Vietnamese ceramics

29 June 2020

Christie’s claimed a new record for Vietnamese ceramics when a large 15th century blue and white storage jar sold for a surprise €380,000 (£339,300) as part of the Art d'Asie sale in Paris.

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‘Masterpiece of the armourer’s art’ tops Classic Week in NY

29 June 2020

The top lot of the latest Christie’s Classic Week was this Corinthian helmet from c.525-475 BC which sold for $700,000 (£566,230) against an estimate of $300,000-500,000.

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Overall total at Christie’s Classic Week falls as sales pushed back until the autumn

25 June 2020

The postponement of three top-end paintings and objects sales meant that the overall total generated by Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ in New York was well down on previous years.

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German auction house Nagel begins insolvency process but remains operating as coronavirus hits trade

23 June 2020

Nagel in Stuttgart, which has been trading since 1922, has been so severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown that it has begun an insolvency process.

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Kempton antiques market heads return of keynote fairs

22 June 2020

Sunbury Antiques Market is coming back with force next month, reopening with three, rather than the usual two, monthly events at Kempton Park Racecourse.

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Dod Procter's high brow oil takes £26,500 in Cornwall art auction

22 June 2020

The stand-out lot at David Lay’s latest Cornish art sale was an oil by Dod Procter (1891-1972), a leading member of the colony of avant garde artists working in Cornwall in the 1920s-30s.

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Allow access to antiquities files, says Christie’s

22 June 2020

Following the removal of four lots from a New York sale, Christie’s has expressed frustration at being denied access to key information on possible looted antiquities.

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Inscribed first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone makes £100,000

22 June 2020

One of the few first-edition copies of 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone' inscribed and signed by JK Rowling has sold at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh for £100,000 (plus 25% premium).

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How trading life looks after lockdown

22 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres in England began to reopen their premises to the public on June 15. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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Qing opulence crowns Drouot’s €1.95m return

22 June 2020

As the Paris auction scene got back to business, an extraordinary Qianlong mark and period porcelain vase sold at the Drouot centre last week for €1.95m (£1.77m).

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Reticulated rediscovery coming to Hong Kong auction

22 June 2020

Sotheby’s July Hong Kong series will include ‘a lost masterpiece’ of Qianlong yangcai porcelain recently found in a Dutch country house.

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Portobello Road Market dealer in dispute over access to stock

22 June 2020

A Chinese silver dealer is searching for a new home on Portobello Road after a dispute with his landlord, Portobello Group.

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Qianlong porcelain vase sells for nearly €2m as Paris auctions get going

18 June 2020

As the Paris auction scene gets back to business after the lockdown, an extraordinary Qianlong mark and period porcelain vase sold this week for €1.95m (£1.77m) plus buyer’s premium.

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Raid on eBay seller's 'fake medal factory' run from garden shed leaves market reeling

15 June 2020

A trading standards investigation has unearthed a ‘medal factory’ in Derbyshire, sparking the fear that thousands of fake military awards and badges could be in circulation.

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