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Christie’s to appeal over resale right ruling

10 April 2017

Christie’s is to appeal last month’s French court ruling that declared Droit de Suite is a charge on the vendor rather than the buyer.

Jane Brown

Fryer & Brown to be dissolved as Opus Auctions launched

10 April 2017

Surrey auction firm Fryer & Brown Auctioneers is set to be struck off the UK company register after it ceased trading in January.

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Dealer falls to ‘card not present’ scam

10 April 2017

A Petworth dealer has been the victim of a £2200 ‘card not present’ debit card fraud.

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Turner and Guardi: big guns arrive for London’s July Old Masters series

10 April 2017

A large, late work by JMW Turner appears at Sotheby’s on July 5 with an estimate of £15-25m.

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Judge says seized silver and ivory tea set won’t be returned

10 April 2017

A judge has ruled against a London gallery over the seizure by UK Border Force of a Chinese silver tea set containing a tiny quantity of elephant ivory.

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Rodin turns heads in Paris and Pau

05 April 2017

With this year marking the centenary of the sculptor’s death, Auguste Rodin is much in the news. While the Grand Palais in Paris is marking the event with a major exhibition, Fraysse et Associés sold a 2ft 1in (64cm) high lifetime cast bronze figural group for €1.55m (£1.35m) at Drouot on March 22.

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Fettercairn Jewel returns to Scotland

05 April 2017

Enforcing its Scottish significance, a Renaissance gold pendant known as the Fettercairn Jewel has been bought by the National Museums Scotland.

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Fauvist oil tops Leicestershire sale

05 April 2017

A painting from the early career of French artist Auguste Herbin (1882-1960) appeared on the market for the first time in nearly a century at Gildings’ Market Harborough salerooms on March 28.

Droit de suite: Court says seller must pay levy

05 April 2017

The way Droit de Suite is applied in France was affirmed by a French court ruling last month.

Brexit hopes of Artist’s Resale Right demise may be premature – but it could be amended

05 April 2017

In ATG’s coverage of Brexit in the past year, we regularly asked which EU-inspired law we could most live without. Unanimously the response was Artist’s Resale Right, a royalty on the resale of art hammered above €1000.

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Trade alert: watch out for cyber crime

05 April 2017

Firms urged to be aware of risk after string of email invoice frauds

Vetting committee stands down at PAD in Paris

05 April 2017

Paris art and design fair PAD has lost its vetting committee following concerns about the brief time allowed to view stands.

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Elizabethan furniture shines in Met’s California dispersal

05 April 2017

Two pieces of early oak furniture deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York far outstripped modest expectations when offered for sale in California last month. The two tersely catalogued lots – both bequeathed to the museum in 1964 – appeared at Clars in Oakland on March 18. They sold to New York buyers.

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Art Basel Report: 10 key findings

01 April 2017

Key findings from the first Art Basel and USB Global Art Market Report.

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‘Amazingly positive’ after six-figure sale at BADA fair

01 April 2017

An imposing sight on the stand of London furniture dealer Godson & Coles, this early 18th century japanned bureau cabinet sold for a six-figure sum at the BADA 2017 fair.

‘Extra obligations’ under new data protection law

01 April 2017

Stricter rules around the collection and use of data will have a “significant impact” on the art and antiques business, delegates at an Auction Technology Group (ATG) seminar in London were told last week.

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New and familiar faces for Masterpiece

01 April 2017

Masterpiece London has revealed the list of 149 dealers to stand at its eighth annual fair taking place this summer, a similar number to 2016.

Exhibitors call for change at TEFAF flagship

01 April 2017

Established dealers are calling for a “shake up” at the venerable TEFAF Maastricht in the wake of its 30th showing last month. Proposals include moving the fair to Amsterdam, making it shorter and including fewer exhibitors.

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Art Basel Report vs TEFAF Report

01 April 2017

The Art Basel Report was the first by Dr Clare McAndrew since leaving TEFAF where she had compiled a report since 2008.

Art Basel Report: Reports agree market declined in 2016 – but whose statistics do we trust?

01 April 2017

Hit by a lack of top-end auction consignments, the global art market declined markedly in 2016, according to the latest art market report.

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