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‘Mother of all Philippine maps’ sells in Essex auction

30 September 2019

The first tranche of a private collection of predominantly Far Eastern maps and charts sold for more than £500,000 at Reeman Dansie and included a house record.

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A sleeper spotted beneath the Neapolitan dirt

30 September 2019

Despite surface dirt and other condition issues, a painting of Naples drew a dramatic bidding competition at a recent auction in Rome.

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The kitchen Cimabue to be auctioned in France

30 September 2019

A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240- 1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.

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Special Auction Services to double its space in new premises

30 September 2019

Newbury’s Special Auction Services is to expand into a double-height saleroom in the new year.

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Pair jailed after illegal export of ivory fans

30 September 2019

Two men from south London have been sentenced for selling antique ivory fans on eBay to buyers in China and the US.

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Guidance on ‘overseas’ hallmarking

30 September 2019

The British Hallmarking Council has issued new guidance for jewellery dealers on articles hallmarked outside the UK by the Birmingham Assay Office, writes Laura Chesters.

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South London pair jailed after selling £145,000 worth of antique ivory to overseas buyers on eBay

27 September 2019

Two men from south London have been sentenced for selling antique ivory fans on eBay to buyers in China and the US. The items were illegally exported without the required export permits.

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New guidance for jewellery dealers after hallmark launched for jewellery stamped outside UK by Birmingham Assay Office

26 September 2019

The British Hallmarking Council has issued new guidance for jewellery dealers on articles hallmarked outside the UK by the Birmingham Assay Office.

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Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen to be auctioned in France estimated at €4m-6m

24 September 2019

A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.

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BADA set to hold meeting over fair sale

23 September 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is to hold a meeting for members on October 1 to discuss the sale of its fair and other concerns raised recently.

Irish trade lobbies for VAT-free green status

23 September 2019

The Irish Antique Dealers’ Association has written to Ireland’s finance minister to press for VAT-free status as a green retail business. Dealers in the Republic currently pay VAT of 13.5%.

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Two George II tables bring major sums in regional rooms

23 September 2019

Two English furniture ‘discoveries’ excelled against modest hopes at auction in mid-September. Top-end London dealers bought both pieces.

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Rogers Jones to offer one of the best-known images in Welsh art in Cardiff auction

23 September 2019

A second version of one of the best-known images in Welsh art comes for sale in Cardiff next month.

London Antique Arms Fair moves to Hendon’s RAF Museum for 2020

23 September 2019

The London Antique Arms Fair is moving to Hendon for its 2020 staging, writes Laura Chesters.

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Worcester mug rides crest of bidding wave

23 September 2019

While typically it is the very earliest pieces of Worcester porcelain from the 1750s that excite the market, there is always great interest in documentary pieces.

Draw sold to British Art Fair duo

23 September 2019

Robert and Johnny Sandelson, owners of British Art Fair and FairForSaatchi, have bought London’s Draw Art Fair.

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Trevanion makes new hires as Dean bows out

23 September 2019

Shropshire auction house Trevanion & Dean has taken on four new members of staff as joint founder Aaron Dean has chosen to leave and Christina Trevanion has taken on sole ownership of the firm.

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The London Antique Arms Fair moves to RAF Museum for next staging

19 September 2019

The London Antique Arms Fair is moving out of central London to Hendon, north London for its 2020 staging.

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Draw Art Fair sold to duo behind British Art Fair and Fair for Saatchi

17 September 2019

Robert and Johnny Sandelson, owners of British Art Fair and FairforSaatchi, have bought London’s Draw Art Fair.

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Irish dealers pitch environmental credentials to win VAT-free status ahead of Brexit

17 September 2019

The Irish Antique Dealers Association has written to Ireland’s finance minister to press for VAT-free status as a green retail business, to relieve them of the 13.5% value-added tax they currently pay.

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