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Cimabue's ‘The mocking of Christ’

Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen sells for over £20m at auction in France – watch video of auction

28 October 2019

A panel ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302) drew dramatic competition this weekend at French auction house Actéon, becoming the eighth most expensive Old Master ever sold.

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Cedric Morris market in full bloom as Sworders set auction record

28 October 2019

London art dealer Philip Mould was the successful bidder for three works by Cedric Morris (1889-1982) sold in Essex last week. One set a new auction record for the artist plantsman.

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Linthorpe pottery enters new price territory

28 October 2019

A Linthorpe pottery sake bottle designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser has sold for a record £17,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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BADA chief Forgione steps down to head trade body

28 October 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association is “considering options” after its chief executive, Marco Forgione, resigned to head the Institute of Export and International Trade.

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Sworders makes two senior hires

28 October 2019

Stansted Mountfitchet auction house Sworders is growing its sales programme and headcount with an increased focus on London.

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Charlotte Brontë’s teenage miniature manuscript returns to auction

28 October 2019

Parsonage Museum ‘determined to make the most of second opportunity’ to own miniature manuscript

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Record total for Orientalist auction as single-owner collection raises £ 33.5m at Sotheby’s

28 October 2019

Sotheby’s claimed the highest-ever total for an Orientalist art auction when a single-owner sale raised £33.5m including premium in London last week.

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Bayonets sale that gets to the point

28 October 2019

Tom Mason’s collecting bug began when his father sent him postcards and gifts from places where he was posted during the Second World War. By his early teens he had started his own collection of military memorabilia and began what would become a lifetime obsession with the American Civil War. Pen pals in the US and Canada helped him search for relics.

‘Market in Jaffa’ by Gustav Bauernfeind

Record total for Orientalist auction as Najd collection raises £33.5m at Sotheby’s

25 October 2019

Sotheby’s claimed the highest ever total for an Orientalist art auction when a single-owner sale raised £33.5m including premium in London earlier this week.

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Big plans as Lots Road turns 40

21 October 2019

Lots Road Auctions is to expand its range and frequency of sales as it celebrates 40 years in business.

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Anyone for Sphairistike? Net gains for tennis rarities

21 October 2019

Sphairistike, an ancient Greek term meaning skill in playing at ball, was the name Major Walter Wingfield chose for the game he patented and first advertised early in 1874.

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Ivory Act: expect result of court review next month

21 October 2019

Dealers and collectors who last week brought a judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018 must wait until November for judgment in the case.

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First days of the Spurs

21 October 2019

The earliest days of Tottenham Hotspur FC are revealed in a remarkable hand-written ledger coming up at auction in a November 4-5 London sale.

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Country house view ahead of Rockingham collection sale

21 October 2019

A large collection of Rockingham porcelain will be on display at Wentworth Woodhouse next month ahead of its sale at auction. The Rowley collection, numbering 120 lots, was assembled by a collector hailing from Sprotborough, Doncaster, who now lives in Buckinghamshire.

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‘The finest piece of imperial glass to survive’ sells at nine-fold increase since 2000

14 October 2019

The most important example of Qing glassware to appear at auction sold for HK$180m (£18m) – the highlight of Sotheby’s recent series in Hong Kong.

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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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Welsh bathed in success as the China Trade shines at Fine Art Asia art fair

14 October 2019

A Qianlong period export plaque decorated after a scene by Louis-Marin Bonnet (1736-93) was among the Fine Art Asia highlight sales.

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Russian porcelain rarity sells for £50,000 online

14 October 2019

A State Porcelain Factory figure by Natalina Danko (1892-1943) emerged at auction in Grantham earlier this month.

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A welcome addition to Portobello antiques district

14 October 2019

For the first time in more than a decade a new antiques shop has opened on Westbourne Grove, close to the famed antiques district Portobello Road.

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Louvre buys Napoleon campaign depictions

14 October 2019

A group of drawings and a sketchbook compiled by an artist assigned to Napoleon’s campaigns in Prussia and Poland in 1806-07 has been secured by the Louvre at a Toulouse auction.

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