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Louvre buys sketches showing Napoleon’s seizure of art during Prussian campaign

08 October 2019

A group of drawings and a sketchbook compiled by an artist assigned to Napoleon’s campaigns in Prussia and Poland in 1806-7 has been secured by the Louvre at a Toulouse auction.

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Commons goes ape for Banksy auction record

07 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction on October 3.

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Parliament proves it can complete a deal

07 October 2019

A missing Pugin parliamentary letter box has been returned to the Palace of Westminster more than 100 years after it disappeared.

BADA makes better communication pledge

07 October 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has committed to greater transparency and more consultation with its 300-plus members before key decisions affecting the trade body’s future are made.

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Leading the digital charge at Bonhams

07 October 2019

Chief marketing officer Marc Sands outlines his plans for online growth at the auction house.

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Towering sale during the recent London fairs

07 October 2019

An oil on panel of The Tower of Babel, 1604, by Abel Grimmer (1570-1618/19), offered at £1.35m by Johnny Van Haeften was one of the stand-out sales during last week’s host of London art and antique trade events.

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De Stael trademark composition takes £250,000 in sale

07 October 2019

Original paintings by Abstract artist Nicolas de Stael (1914-55) rarely appear at auction outside the main salerooms in London, Paris and New York.

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Stylish Lenci skyscraper lady is on top of the auction world after £34,000 bid

07 October 2019

The stylish Art Deco pottery figures for which Ars Lenci became celebrated were first shown at the Turin international exhibition in 1928.

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Bonhams to hold auctions on thesaleroom.com

07 October 2019

In a move to increase its digital presence and reach new bidders, Bonhams has agreed a long- term partnership with Auction Technology Group, owner of online auction marketplace thesaleroom.com.

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Bede reprint prized for illustrious provenance

07 October 2019

The first printed copy of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica was published in Strasbourg as early as c.1475 with subsequent versions printed in Vienna (1513), Strasbourg again (1500), Haguenau (1506), Paris (1544) and Antwerp (1550).

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Art Deco emerald brooch takes £120,000 at Bonhams

30 September 2019

Sold at Bonhams last week, the emerald in this Art Deco brooch is a clue to the remarkable life of its one-time owner Lady Hood.

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Régence table brings £52,000 bid at Lots Road Auctions

30 September 2019

A Régence period giltwood table attracted interest from across the trade, taking £52,000 (estimate £5000- 8000) at Lots Road Auctions (22% buyer’s premium).

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Dealer sells Gell portrait to British Museum

30 September 2019

London and Petworth dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques has sold a portrait of the Regency period antiquarian Sir William Gell (1777-1836) to the British Museum.

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‘Mother of all Philippine maps’ sells in Essex auction

30 September 2019

The first tranche of a private collection of predominantly Far Eastern maps and charts sold for more than £500,000 at Reeman Dansie and included a house record.

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A sleeper spotted beneath the Neapolitan dirt

30 September 2019

Despite surface dirt and other condition issues, a painting of Naples drew a dramatic bidding competition at a recent auction in Rome.

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The kitchen Cimabue to be auctioned in France

30 September 2019

A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240- 1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.

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Special Auction Services to double its space in new premises

30 September 2019

Newbury’s Special Auction Services is to expand into a double-height saleroom in the new year.

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Pair jailed after illegal export of ivory fans

30 September 2019

Two men from south London have been sentenced for selling antique ivory fans on eBay to buyers in China and the US.

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Guidance on ‘overseas’ hallmarking

30 September 2019

The British Hallmarking Council has issued new guidance for jewellery dealers on articles hallmarked outside the UK by the Birmingham Assay Office, writes Laura Chesters.

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South London pair jailed after selling £145,000 worth of antique ivory to overseas buyers on eBay

27 September 2019

Two men from south London have been sentenced for selling antique ivory fans on eBay to buyers in China and the US. The items were illegally exported without the required export permits.

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