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Records tumble as Whyte’s-Christie’s sell O’Malley collection in Ireland

02 December 2019

One of the highest-ever totals for an art auction in Ireland was set last week when the sale of the Ernie O’Malley collection held by Whyte’s of Dublin in association with Christie’s raised a premiuminclusive total of €5.42m (£4.65m).

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Hammershoi sets record for any picture sold in Denmark

02 December 2019

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen has set an auction record for any painting sold in Denmark.

‘Interior, Strandgade 30’ by Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelm Hammershøi interior scene sets record for a painting sold in Denmark

28 November 2019

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen has set an auction record for any painting sold in Denmark.

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Online platform 1stdibs subscription fees rise by 42%

25 November 2019

Antiques and luxury items platform 1stdibs is increasing its monthly subscription fee to dealers by 42%, from £350 to £500. The firm says the move reflects the increasing cost of maintaining the online portal.

Collectors under the spotlight at London Art Week

25 November 2019

A focus on collectors and collections is the theme of London Art Week.

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Pendant is a cut above the rest on paper

25 November 2019

This rare late-17th century 4in (9.5cm) devotional pendant displays the craft of 'scherenschnitte' (scissor cuts).

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Rediscovered Phélypeaux bronze brings €2.4m in Paris

25 November 2019

A rare early 17th century bronze bust of a French statesman discovered in a country house has sold for €2.4m (£2.07m) hammer at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.

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Race for Jack London’s Olympic medals at auction

25 November 2019

The first Olympic medals won by a black British athlete sold at Hansons last week for £8000 (plus premium), writes Laura Chesters.

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Brontë manuscript comes home to Haworth museum

25 November 2019

The Brontë Parsonage Museum, the Brontës’ former family home, has secured an 1830 autograph miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) that was auctioned at Aguttes in Paris.

Bust of Paul Phélypeaux de Pontchartrain

Bust of leading French statesman by the king’s sculptor fetches £2m in Paris auction

22 November 2019

A rare early 17th century bronze bust of a French statesman discovered in a French country house was knocked down at €2.4m (£2.07m) hammer at the Drouot auction centre in Paris this week.

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First Olympic medal to be won by a black British athlete beats Antiques Roadshow valuation at auction

19 November 2019

The first Olympic medals won by a black British athlete together with his sporting memorabilia sold at Hansons today.

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Yorkshire’s Brontë Parsonage Museum secures rare manuscript at Paris auction

18 November 2019

The Brontë Parsonage Museum has secured an 1830 autograph miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) that was auctioned at Aguttes in Paris.

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Bids pour in for Asian art as £800,000 teapot and Kangxi rediscovery highlight latest sales series

18 November 2019

A Qianlong teapot which made £800,000 in Dorchester provided the stellar result among some exceptional Asian art lots offered for sale in the UK regions and Ireland last week.

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Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia takes record in Paris auction

18 November 2019

Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting 'Lucretia', which was in a private collection for more than 40 years, has made a new record for the artist at an auction in Paris.

Trade’s latest challenge to Ivory Act could delay the near-total ban until spring 2020

18 November 2019

Dealers and collectors have one final chance to overturn the Ivory Act 2018, after a judge granted them leave to appeal a High Court ruling upholding the new law.

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German violin instrumental in bid for overlooked box lot

18 November 2019

A good-quality violin linked to the German maker Jacobus Stainer (1619-83) led a group of previously overlooked musical instruments in a Towcester auction.

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Jewels come in from the cold at £68,000

18 November 2019

Thirty pieces of antiquarian jewellery discovered next to a joint of meat in an old freezer were sold for £68,000 (plus 24% buyer's premum) at Kidson-Trigg near Highworth, Swindon.

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Insurance fire marks sell in a blaze of glory

18 November 2019

The practice of placing a metal mark on a building to indicate insurance against a fire started in earnest after the Great Fire of London (1666). Each insurance company had its own fire service and distinctive logo.

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Chinese works from Anthony Du Boulay collection generates bonanza at Duke's

18 November 2019

Duke’s latest Asian art sale had been headlined by items from a local resident and well-known auctioneer, academic and collector, Anthony du Boulay. The 249 lots from early classic wares to Cantonese enamels generated plenty of saleroom energy and a total of around £800,000.

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Little silver collection coming to auction includes big rarities

11 November 2019

The Little collection of early English silver is coming to Christie’s London on December 3. The auction comprises 26 domestic vessels from the Tudor and early Stuart periods that survived the tumult of the Civil War period. Some pieces are considered the last of their type in private hands.

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