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Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

24 July 2019

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Bids pour in for Tiffany tea caddy with Japanese elements

22 July 2019

An unusual entry to the latest Silver & Objects of Vertu sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury was this 5in (13cm) silver and mixed metal tea caddy by Tiffany & Co.

Ivory ban heads to High Court

22 July 2019

A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a full judicial hearing on the legality of the Ivory Act, due to usher in a near-total ban on the UK trade in antique ivory.

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London Auctions enters liquidation with consignors among creditors

22 July 2019

London Auctions Ltd is insolvent and has entered liquidation proceedings.

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Strong demand for Boer War medal honouring bravery regardless of race

22 July 2019

A medal, silver cigar box and ‘oil lamp’ lighter sold at Ramsay Cornish's latest sale in Edinburgh had come by descent from Major Jonathan Leslie Dean (1859-1926). He was a key participant in the defence of O’okiep (1902), the small town in the Northern Cape that was besieged by Boer Commandos from April 4-May 4, 1902, towards the end of the Second Boer War.

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West Dean launches fellowships for first time

22 July 2019

Dawn Ades OBE, Jonathan Ashley-Smith and Rebecca Salter RA are the first recipients of the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation fellowships.

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Regions enjoy the fruits of solid English oak

22 July 2019

A 17th century oak panel marking the rebuilding of one of the best-known dwellings on the Chester Rows sold at auction last week for £4600.

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West Dean launches trio of Fellowships to college supporters

21 July 2019

Dawn Ades OBE, Jonathan Ashley-Smith and Rebecca Salter RA are the first recipients of the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation fellowships.

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London Auctions enters liquidation with vendors left unpaid

16 July 2019

London Auctions Ltd is insolvent and has entered liquidation proceedings. The west London firm, based at 30-34 Chiswick High Road is understood to have debts of more than £137,000 with around £44,000 owed to unpaid consignors.

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Dealers and collectors win High Court permission for judicial review of ivory ban law

15 July 2019

A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a full hearing on the legality of the controversial Ivory Act, due to usher in a near-total ban on the UK trade in antique ivory when it comes into force later this year.

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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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