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Anti-money laundering: Seven key questions answered

09 March 2020

At a recent seminar organised by the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM), a panel of experts answered questions from the floor about the new law.

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Cumbrian archive offered at auction recalls D-Day’s floating harbours

09 March 2020

An historic archive belonging to the engineer who oversaw the design of the Mulberry Harbours in the Second World War comes to auction in Cumbria later this month.

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UK retains No 2 spot in global art market

09 March 2020

The UK remains in second place ahead of China in sales of art and antiques, according to the latest Art Basel and UBS global art market report 2020.

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UK remains in second place in global art market league table

05 March 2020

The UK has retained second place ahead of China in sales of art and antiques, according to the latest Art Basel and UBS global art market report 2020.

‘Prepare to sell quickly’ if ivory appeal fails

02 March 2020

A lawyer acting for dealers and collectors battling to have the Ivory Act 2018 overturned has warned antique ivory owners they need to “prepare to sell quickly” if judges reject the legal challenge.

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Ancient bust hits house record at Adam Partridge

02 March 2020

A sculpture that had previously been owned by Stanley Seeger’s personal assistant at Sutton Place set a house record at Adam Partridge.

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Tudor merchant’s ring found in a garden by metal detectorist sells for £36,000

02 March 2020

An early 16th century ring found by a metal detectorist in East Yorkshire has sold at auction for £36,000.

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Sleepy Canadian oil awakened in Teddington

02 March 2020

A briefly catalogued 20th century painting, spotted by bidders as the work of the Ontario-born painter David Milne (1882-1953), raced to £38,000 at auction in Teddington. It had come for sale from Eaton Cottage in Thames Ditton, Surrey, with an estimate of just £100-200.

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Messum’s to open gallery in St James’s

02 March 2020

A new London branch of Messum’s launches in St James’s Bury Street this spring.

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Celtic 1967 European Cup winners' medal for sale in Glasgow

02 March 2020

The medal awarded to Celtic footballer Steve Chalmers who scored the winning goal as they became the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 is coming to auction.

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Art dealership Messum’s returns to St James’s with new gallery

27 February 2020

A new London branch of Messum’s will open in St James’s Bury Street this spring.

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Lawyer for dealers in Ivory Act appeal: ‘prepare to sell your antique ivory’

27 February 2020

A lawyer acting for dealers and collectors bidding to have the Ivory Act 2018 overturned warned antique ivory owners they need to “prepare to sell quickly” if judges reject the legal challenge.

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The seat of history: Hornby Castle Chair sells for £35,000 at Bonhams Oxford

24 February 2020

The so-called Hornby Castle Chair, a 4ft 7in (1.38m) high oak open armchair c.1580-1600, sold for £35,000 plus premium at the latest Oak Interior sale at Bonhams in Oxford.

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Dealers ready for biggest-ever TEFAF as van Maris bows out

24 February 2020

Dealers from around the world are preparing for TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s showpiece event for traditional art and antiques. The fair returns this year for the 33rd time, bigger than ever.

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Pick of the week: 'Oldest accurate map of coastal Scotland' becomes auction trailblazer

24 February 2020

'La Navigation du Roy d’Ecosse' by the French cartographer Nicolas de Nicolay (1517-83) is said to be the oldest accurate map of coastal Scotland.

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The Box catches the Martinware crab

24 February 2020

The Box, a museum, gallery and archive set to open in Plymouth in May, has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers.

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Artist record for James Dixon, naive champion from Tory Island

24 February 2020

Two pictures purchased from one of the first commercial exhibitions of the artist dubbed ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ soared above their estimates at auction this month.

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London dealer offers trio of top Victorian paintings

24 February 2020

Three oils by Victorian greats Frederic Lord Leighton, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais are coming to market in London.

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The day the ‘Tipton Slasher’ met his match

24 February 2020

This mid-19th century oil of a bare-knuckle prize fight is thought to depict a famous bout between Victorian boxers William Perry (1819-88) and Tom Sayers (1826-65).

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Pick of the week: Institutions flock to Cheltenham sale for Maria Edgeworth archive

17 February 2020

Two institutions dominated bidding for the notebooks and correspondence of a significant Regency period female author at the Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham last week.

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