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Christie’s ‘looking at options’ for CSK rooms

24 July 2017

Christie’s is weighing up options for the sale of the lease of its Old Brompton Road premises after it held its last sale before closing the popular South Kensington auction rooms.

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Nic McElhatton leaves Christie’s South Kensington for hybrid role

24 July 2017

Nic McElhatton, former chairman of Christie’s South Kensington, is leaving to set up his own business that will see him move between the worlds of auctions and private sales.

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Damaged ‘Yongzheng’ vase sells for £150,000 at Halls' auction

24 July 2017

A large Qing blue and white bottle vase with a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark sold for £150,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Halls in Shrewsbury.

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Roseberys pitches for new business with trio of CSK hires

24 July 2017

Roseberys has made a swoop for senior Christie’s South Kensington former heads as the south-east London auction house signals its mid-market ambitions.

Credit card fees banned from January

24 July 2017

Auctioneers and dealers will have to decide whether to absorb the cost of credit card transactions or pass them on to buyers in another form when a ban on all such fees comes into force in January 2018.

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Heavy metal makes big auction noise as suit of armour takes £880,000 at auction

24 July 2017

A superb set of decorated armour sold at Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) is believed to have set a record. The £880,000 hammer price for the three-quarter-length cuirassier protection is believed to be the highest auction result for 17th century armour.

Consultation launched over offshore hallmarking

24 July 2017

Campaigners against ‘British’ hallmarking overseas have welcomed the launch of a consultation on the issue.

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British Art Market Federation report heads to Parliament

17 July 2017

The priorities, concerns and opportunities for the British art market are being taken directly to government with a new report launched this week.

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EU culture bill will ‘cripple trade’

17 July 2017

New EU rules designed to improve checks on imports of ancient artefacts “will cripple the legitimate international trade”, warns Vincent Geerling, chairman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art.

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Mark Law Dreweatts deal ‘delayed over funding’

17 July 2017

The completion of Mark Law’s deal to buy auction house Dreweatts from stamp dealer group Stanley Gibbons has been delayed due to a change in financial backing for the £2.4m purchase.

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Catching the goose at London Art Week

17 July 2017

Among the eye-catching pieces sold during London Art Week (June 30-July 7) was this reversible games board made in the late 16th or early 17th century in the northern province of Portuguese India, probably Bombay.

No change on ivory without consultation

17 July 2017

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is to push ahead with a consultation on the trade in ivory before making any changes to legislation.

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The Wright face at LAPADA Fair

17 July 2017

A dealer will offer what he believes is a Joseph Wright of Derby self-portrait at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair this autumn.

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Money laundering: know the rules

17 July 2017

The art and antiques sector is a target for money launderers and the industry must be aware of new regulations, a leading anti-corruption group has said.

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Chiswick Auctions makes bold move to fill vacuum after closure of Christie's South Kensington

10 July 2017

West London‘s Chiswick Auctions is to open a new showroom in South Kensington manned by at least eight former Christie’s staff.

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Niche specialists launch auction firm for cameras and scientific instruments

10 July 2017

A new auction house is to open in London hoping to find a gap in the market for cameras, scientific and medical instruments.

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Guardi and Turner top Old Master sales

10 July 2017

The latest Old Master sales in London put in a solid performance with the overall total from last week’s auction series running at £115m (including premium) with one day sale still to take place at the time of going to press.

Metropolitan Police’s art crime unit closed due to Grenfell pressures

10 July 2017

The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit is to temporarily close due to “unprecedented” demand within the force.

De Pury ‘cut out of gentleman’s agreement’

10 July 2017

A claim by former auctioneer turned art-advisor Simon de Pury that he is owed $10m for facilitating the sale of a work by Paul Gauguin was heard before the High Court in London last week.

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Reflections on the £390,000 ‘perfect storm’

10 July 2017

A moment of good old-fashioned saleroom drama emerged at Christie’s antiquities sale on July 5 when an Etruscan bronze mirror, estimated at £10,000-15,000, sold at £390,000 (plus 25/20/12% buyer’s premium). The buyer was a European institution.

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