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Ivory debate - So what exactly does BAMF mean by ‘museum quality’?

29 January 2018

Readers have contacted ATG asking for a definition of ‘museum quality’ – the term used by the British Art Market Federation in regards to those pieces of antique ivory it believes should be exempt from any proposed ban. Here we publish BAMF's exemption explanation as featured in its submission to DEFRA.

ATG comment – Should consignors expect their proceeds to be protected?

29 January 2018

Mossgreen is only the latest in a list of auctioneers that have gone under owing money to its core customers – consignors.

Editor’s comment: Let’s welcome an industry ‘outsider’

04 December 2017

When is parachuting in a leader from outside an industry a good idea?

Soapbox: If auction houses want more private buyers, should they open on Saturdays to accommodate them?

27 November 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade. This week, ATG asks whether auction houses should open on Saturdays to accommodate more private buyers...

Editor’s comment: finally, a chance to have your say on ivory

09 October 2017

It’s taken more than a year to materialise but at last, the long-awaited consultation on ivory has arrived.

Editor’s comment: Quiet diplomacy will be heard

17 July 2017

Anthony Browne is girding his loins… with facts and figures on the art market.

Editor’s comment: The Conservative manifesto

22 May 2017

While businesses and consumers absorbed the devil in the detail of last week’s Conservative manifesto, art and antiques business leaders were more occupied by what wasn’t in the 86-page document.

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United we stand or going it alone: whither the trade after Brexit?

08 May 2017

Dealers tell ATG what it will take for the trade to handle market challenges and seize the digital initiative. This is an extended version available only to digital subscribers.

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