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Sworders to roll out online auctions in May

20 April 2020

Sworders is launching a new calendar of online-only and timed online auctions to satisfy demand from clients for sales next month.

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Charles II era purse stars in US online show

20 April 2020

Following the raft of recent Covid-19 cancellations, The Antique Dealers’ Association of America (ADA) is seeking to help its members with an online antiques exhibition.

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German daguerreotypes in the frame at Chiswick sale

20 April 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists. The photographic firm he founded in 1847 continued under the management of his sons Heinrich and Wilhelm until 1921.

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From king to maharaja: Cartier watch with a British royal connection sells in Hamburg

20 April 2020

A luxurious watch with a British royal connection went under the hammer last month at Cortrie (20% buyer’s premium) in Hamburg.

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Open Art Fair: BADA to refund 20% stand cost

13 April 2020

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) Council is giving members who exhibited at the curtailed The Open Art Fair (TOAF) sums equivalent to 20% of their stand rental charges.

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Nine hours on rostrum is the new auction norm

13 April 2020

A switch to online-only sales for auction houses has led to a rise in marathon sessions.

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Present arms for an £11,000 result

13 April 2020

Among the highlights of Antony Cribb’s Spring Virtual Arms and Armour sale was a collection of presentation swords.

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Paris' Biennale fair proposes giving exhibitors longer to pay

13 April 2020

La Biennale Paris has proposed that potential exhibitors may spread payment of their participation fees out over four months after the event.

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Comerford miniatures bought by single bidder

13 April 2020

The Comerford collection of portrait miniatures, offered for sale by Chiswick Auctions last month, was acquired almost in its entirety by a single bidder.

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Remote control: Intrepid auctioneers find ways to sell – and deliver – at distance

06 April 2020

Auction houses across the country are grappling with the practicalities of staging auctions safely as the UK enters its third week of the government-sanctioned shutdown.

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The situation evolves – but safe delivery options are available

06 April 2020

Given the government’s strict guidelines on social distancing, what delivery options can art and antiques buyers use during the lockdown period?

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‘I felt more like a YouTuber than an auctioneer’

06 April 2020

There were two in the room when British Bespoke Auctions held a four-and-a half hour sale last week. On the rostrum on April 1, in an office rather than the saleroom (which is closed), was Nicholas Granger. Behind him was Bella, a blue-and-gold macaw who has been by his side for 20 years.

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Cat’s out of the bag – May emerges from behind the Morris curtain

06 April 2020

Although often overshadowed by her famous father William, May Morris (1862-1938) was herself an important figure in the British Arts & Crafts movement.

‘There are tools out there to operate in this new world’

06 April 2020

A number of industrial and commercial-focused businesses have operated online-only and timed auctions for some time and have systems in place that allow for very little contact between individuals.

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Keep fit on a rostrum with Charlie Ross

06 April 2020

In these days of self-isolation, social media is awash with home workout routines. Last week Charles Ross launched his own version online for those auctioneers not selling during lockdown.

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Edwardian footballer's career and tragic ending remembered in memorabilia sale

06 April 2020

The first 20 lots of the recent football memorabilia sale at Stacey’s in Rayleigh, Essex came from the family of the Edwardian player Benjamin Warren (1879-1917).

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TV’s Charlie Ross posts online workout video for auctioneers with closed salerooms

30 March 2020

In these days of self-isolation, social media is awash with home workout routines, but yesterday a new programme popped up, targeted at auctioneers.

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Coronavirus: Trade tested by lockdown

30 March 2020

The UK art and antiques trade is hastening its efforts to provide a sense of business as usual during unusual times after the UK government requested all ‘non-essential’ firms to close their premises to the public.

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Showcasing 40 fabulous objects from dealers’ websites

30 March 2020

In this issue we feature 40 fabulous objects available to buy on dealers’ websites.

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Vendors support Lyon & Turnbull’s move to sell online

30 March 2020

The Edinburgh and London auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to press ahead with its two April sales as ‘live online only’ events.

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