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Starman soars to an astronomical six figures at auction

03 October 2022

Generating a hammer price of £165,000, the star attraction in Omega’s auction on September 27 was pretty obvious.

UK deaccessioning rules change

03 October 2022

Controversial law update will make it easier for museums to repatriate items

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New Charities Act will allow UK museums to deaccession parts of their collections

29 September 2022

An update to the Charities Act coming into force over the next year will allow museums in the UK to deaccession some items.

The Last Sight of Fiammetta

‘Unknown’ Stillman is now an artist on the rise after auction success

26 September 2022

Although largely still an unknown outside the Victorian art world, the second-generation Pre-Raphaelite painter Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was a cherished member of the circle as model, muse, student and ultimately colleague.

Emma Ward

Art specialist Emma Ward to create new dealership with Fabrizio Moretti

26 September 2022

Dickinson Gallery’s managing director Emma Ward and James Roundell have left to set up a firm with Old Master specialist Fabrizio Moretti.

Cockney Rebel tour costume

An auction result to make a Cockney Rebel smile

26 September 2022

The Lacy Scott & Knight Music, Film & Sport Memorabilia auction on September 16 included over 40 lots consigned by singer and 1970s rock band Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley.

Simon Hucker

Modern and Contemporary specialist to head Lyon & Turnbull sale

26 September 2022

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to add a new sale to its London calendar led by newly appointed Modern & Contemporary art specialist Simon Hucker.

Nocturne

Colnaghi makes sales after dusk at BADA Week show

26 September 2022

Colnaghi has kicked off the second annual BADA Week early with several pictures from its exhibition already sold or reserved.

Constance Spry vase

Spry in full bloom as 1953 Coronation vase brings record

19 September 2022

In 1936 society florist Constance Spry (1886-1960) collaborated with the stage designer Oliver Messel (1904-78) and the Fulham Pottery to produce planters for the coronation of Edward VIII.

The Beggar

Zoffany on the stage comes to Dorset auction

19 September 2022

This little-known theatrical portrait was painted in 1796 by Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) towards the end of his career.

Whiteleaf Hill by John Nash

Chiltern Nash at British Art Fair

19 September 2022

The British Art Fair returns this month with a raft of Modern British artists including John Nash.

Dubliners

Big sales as Firsts and Tribal Art Fair open in London

19 September 2022

Major sales marked the opening days of two London fairs, Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair and Tribal Art London.

Lowestoft mug

Dated Lowestoft mug smokes £17,000 at auction

19 September 2022

The most desirable pieces of Lowestoft porcelain are typically the documentary pieces decorated with East Anglian scenes.

Luce Garrigues

New LAW director puts focus on summer event for 2023

19 September 2022

Dates for next summer’s London Art Week have been set. The festival of ‘pre-contemporary’ art runs from June 30-July 7, 2023.

William MacDougall

Co-founder of Russian art auction house William MacDougall dies

17 September 2022

William MacDougall, the co-founder of London Russian art specialist auction house MacDougall's, has died.

Marble head

Met museum hands back looted artefacts

12 September 2022

Twenty-seven looted artefacts seized from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art have been returned to Italy and Egypt as part of longrunning investigations by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit.

Jade pony

Jade thieves ordered to pay back proceeds of auction sales

12 September 2022

A man, who along with his father, stole valuable Chinese works of art from the home of an elderly Bedfordshire widow has been asked to pay back more than £200,000.

Louise Powell charger

Bidders embrace best of Lalla’s Wedgwood Arts and Crafts revival

12 September 2022

This large 21in (54cm) early 20th century Arts and Crafts charger was painted by Louise Powell (1865-1956) for Wedgwood.

Giltwood chaise

Autumn auction season begins with deep seated interest in Scottish sofas

12 September 2022

Pairs of Regency sofas brought some very comfortable sums at two Scottish auction houses as the autumn season began last week.

Turner's armchair

Bonhams brings oak and folk sale to Scotland

12 September 2022

Bonhams has relaunched its oak and folk art sales – this time in Edinburgh.

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