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Clarion implements refund contingency for Winter Olympia fair

21 September 2020

A refund plan for exhibitors at the planned Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has been announced by organisers should government restrictions make it impossible to run.

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Planning changes threaten Portobello shops

21 September 2020

Concerns have been raised that Portobello Road antiques shops could be under threat under new English planning laws that will make it easier to change the use of a retail building.

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Fabled Una and the Lion proof set returns to auction

21 September 2020

A celebrated Una and the Lion proof set minted in the first year of Queen Victoria’s reign returns to auction next month.

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The $275,000 toast to a Golden Guinness Girl

21 September 2020

The highlight of a two-day sale of works from White Oaks, a prominent Atlanta mansion, was this portrait of Anglo-Irish society hostess Oonagh Guinness by Philip de László (1869-1937).

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Market proof: Queen Anne five guineas piece from 1705 sells for £220,000 at Spink

21 September 2020

Choice specimens of the rarest English coins are reaching new financial territory.

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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Iraq veteran’s Military Cross sells for £36,000

21 September 2020

A Military Cross group awarded to a soldier who carried a fallen comrade through fierce gunfire in Iraq sold at £36,000 (plus 20% buyer ’s premium) in Macclesfield on September 11.

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Soviet propaganda porcelain plate makes over 100-times estimate in Stratford-upon-Avon

14 September 2020

When, following the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik government took control of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, large quantities of glazed but unpainted white hard-paste porcelain plates, cups and saucers remained at the site.

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Toy specialist Aston’s to hold its last auction

14 September 2020

Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley is to close and its final sale – a sci-fi toy collection – will be held next month.

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Thank you for the royal pardon – silver snuff box at Dutch auction tells story of engraver

14 September 2020

This 4in (10cm) silver snuff box offered for sale at Veilinghuis de Jager in Goes, Zeeland was the subject of a learned article in the January-February Ghendtsche Tydingen, the magazine of the Ghent history society.

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Consultation will be final step before Ivory Act is law

14 September 2020

A government consultation on the minutiae of elements of the Ivory Act is required prior to the implementing of the new law.

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Up for the cup as early trophy returns

14 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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Oldest surviving FA Cup to be offered at auction at Bonhams

10 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910 including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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US tariffs on Chinese art take effect as New York auction series begins

07 September 2020

This month’s Asian art series in New York could be the last sales to avoid the new trade tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump administration.

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Piamontini’s ‘ravishingly detailed’ clay model discovered at Fife estate and triples estimate at Lyon & Turnbull

07 September 2020

This terracotta group of Bacchus and Ariadne was once associated with the Florentine late Baroque sculptor Giambattista Foggini (1652-1725) but is now thought to be his contemporary Giuseppe Piamontini (1664-1742).

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Pick of the week: Bronze reflecting blossoming of Buddhism in China makes at £50,000 at TimeLine

07 September 2020

The Northern Wei dynasty (386-534 AD), founded by the nomadic Tuoba clan, was the most long-lived and most powerful of the northern dynasties prior to the reunification of China under the Sui. Most importantly for Chinese art history, the ruling royal family were converts to Buddhism.

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PFK art and antiques auctions close and Roberts moves to Mitchells

07 September 2020

The fine art department of Cumbrian firm Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s is to close with auctioneer Michael Roberts joining Mitchells in Cockermouth.

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Tom Cruise Top Gun helmet makes top price

07 September 2020

A fighter pilot helmet made for Tom Cruise’s character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in Top Gun topped the recent Entertainment Memorabilia auction at Los Angeles’ Prop Store, proving that there is still plenty of love for the classic aviation drama.

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Tom Cruise's Maverick helmet from Top Gun stars at entertainment memorabilia auction in Los Angeles

03 September 2020

A fighter pilot helmet made for Tom Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun topped the recent Entertainment Memorabilia auction at Los Angeles’ Prop Store, proving that there is still plenty of love for the classic aviation drama.

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Hanson takes over assets of insolvent Charles Ross Auctioneers and Holloway’s

31 August 2020

Derbyshire auctioneer Charles Hanson has purchased the assets of two struggling UK salerooms: Charles Ross Auctioneers in Woburn and Holloway’s in Banbury.

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