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Export deferral system under internal review

27 November 2017

An internal review into the export licence system for works of art is under way, writes Roland Arkell.

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Kangxi bronze shines in New Orleans

27 November 2017

A Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze of a serene Amitayus confounded modest expectations to sell for $690,000 (£518,000) at the Neal Auction Gallery in New Orleans.

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Nevinson marches to seven figures

27 November 2017

Sotheby’s posted a record for the artist CRW Nevinson on November 21 when an important Great War scene was knocked down at £1.55m (£1.87m including premium).

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The right robe for an artistic rebel

27 November 2017

An extraordinary example of British avant-garde clothing made on the eve of the First World War will be offered at auction in Oxford next month.

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Trade to make ivory case to MPs and peers

20 November 2017

The art and antiques trade has a new opportunity to state the case for antique ivory in a meeting with MPs and peers this week.

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Germany to debate heritage bill

20 November 2017

The impact of the controversial 2016 cultural heritage bill has moved up the political agenda in Germany in the wake of the country’s recent elections.

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Scroll down for solid Chinese results

20 November 2017

Well-provenanced Chinese works of art posted strong sums in what was a workmanlike, rather than spectacular, Asian art season for the leading regional auctioneers.

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Russian series marks Soviet centenary

20 November 2017

In this 1917 Revolution centenary year, Soviet art assumes extra prominence at this season’s Russian series.

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December date for first Aristophil manuscript sale

20 November 2017

After a two-year wait, lots from the defunct manuscript investment scheme Aristophil will be resold at the Drouot in Paris next month.

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Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: $400m and other numbers

20 November 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi was hammered down at $400m in Christie’s post-war and contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 15.

Editor’s comment: Three things we learnt from the Leonardo da Vinci sale

20 November 2017

It’s easy to feel disconnected from the hoopla surrounding Christie’s sale last week of a Leonardo da Vinci for an astronomical $400m.

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Get Cartier and a diamond pleaser

20 November 2017

Mallams in Oxford posted a house record for jewellery on November 15 when a pair of Cartier earrings sold to one of 12 international phone bidders for £72,000 (plus premium).

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Bonhams sits comfortably in Asian art auction series

13 November 2017

Bonhams capitalised on the strong market for classical Chinese furniture to set the two highest prices of the London Asian art auction series.

Customers of former Surrey auction house Fryer & Brown join forces to pursue firm

13 November 2017

A dozen customers of former Surrey auction house Fryer & Brown have joined forces to pursue the firm for their goods or money owed after it ceased trading at the beginning of the year.

1stdibs moves dealer names after website 'upgrades'

13 November 2017

1stdibs has changed the way it displays objects for sale on its website.

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Asian Art in London gala fills fitting British Museum gallery venue

13 November 2017

Celebrating its 20th birthday in the British Museum’s refurbished Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery on November 9, the board of Asian Art in London was clearly proud of its achievements in promoting the city’s Asian art credentials.

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We care about the art and antiques trade, says Department for International Trade

13 November 2017

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is to use its global influence to bring more art and antiques buyers to the UK.

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Auction of Victoria Cross at Spink marks Passchendaele centenary

13 November 2017

“I died in hell – they called it Passchendaele,” Siegfried Sassoon famously wrote of the First World War carnage which ended in November 1917.

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Cole carriage clock strikes a chord in Bath auction

13 November 2017

“No one can rival Thomas Cole for engraving in the 19th century,” said director Jamie South after this exhibition-quality carriage clock sold for £26,000 (plus 20% premium) at Gardiner Houlgate in Horsham, Bath, on October 25. It went to an American buyer towards the top end of the estimate.

Sunbury to run Kempton and Sandown Park antiques fairs

13 November 2017

Events to be held in tandem as IACF drops Surrey venue to focus elsewhere.

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