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Sotheby’s to offer Sutherland study for ‘loathed’ Churchill portrait

18 April 2024

Sotheby’s will offer one of the most complete surviving studies of Sir Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland (1903-80). It was painted in preparation for the famous final portrait – a work which the sitter violently loathed and was later destroyed.

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Pop up vintage shop disguised as supermarket comes to Soho

18 April 2024

Online retailer Merchant & Found spent five years planning a new 'pop up' shop called The Vintage Supermarket.

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Augustus John: genius wasted or fulfilled?

15 April 2024

The jury is still out on the Welsh artist, the main subject of a new London exhibition

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Highest price paid for not doing your duty

15 April 2024

Dating from March 1-October 13, 1748, a journal for sale at London maritime specialist Charles Miller’s auction on April 23 was written by Admiral John Byng (1704-57) during the final negotiations of the failed Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and some eight years before his infamous actions off the coast of Minorca.

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Rare British camera emerges from Viennese source

15 April 2024

Austin Farahar, head of cameras and photography at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium), was recently contacted by a budding documentary photographer in Vienna who had received a collection of old cameras from his in-laws.

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Previews: issue 2639

15 April 2024

Our selection of lots from 13 upcoming auctions

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Medieval astrolabe finds its way to a London saleroom

15 April 2024

The astrolabe was used for not only telling the time, but mapping one’s location, tracking the stars, and even as an astrological tool for decision-making.

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Hoppen takes a fresh view of Japan

15 April 2024

'Okashi', the Japanese term for anything strange, unusual or deliberately humorous, defines the array of pieces on display at Michael Hoppen’s first exhibition held in its new premises in Holland Park, west London.

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More from the Bobins collection: Danube danger overcome by the intrepid Ludwig

15 April 2024

Leading Forum’s (30/24/14.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) March 27 auction of more books from the remarkable library of Norman Bobins was a complete copy of a German work following the course of the Danube from its source to the Black Sea.

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Large collection of John Ruskin drawings and watercolours offered at London dealership

10 April 2024

The 45-piece collection includes several with an intriguing provenance

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Art collection of film director comes up for auction in London

08 April 2024

The personal art collection of film director and intellectual Pierre Rouve (1915-98), kept in his Chelsea house until he died, will be offered at auction.

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Flea leaps in at Olympic site

08 April 2024

Hackney Fleamarkets’ Giant London Flea Marketlaunched in February at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Car Park in east London was “our most successful event to date with more than 3000 visitors and many stallholders having their best trading day”, says organiser Mark Farhall.

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Celebrated John C Taylor collection shown online

08 April 2024

The digital museum Clocktime opened last month with an event at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.

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Hitchcock warns don’t be late or else…

08 April 2024

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) took great delight in making cameo appearances in the films he produced and directed.

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Schendel powers into London venue

08 April 2024

An untitled ink on rice paper work by Brazilian artist Mira Schendel (1919-88) is among the works starring at the exhibition 'Live With It', staged at Battersea Power Station, where it is offered for $18,000.

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Christie’s reveals designer tie-up for latest decorative arts sales series

05 April 2024

A year ago Christie's relaunched its decorative arts auction series to run concurrently online in three cities: London, New York and Paris.

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Dedicated Bloomsbury set auction comes to Bonhams

04 April 2024

An auction dedicated solely to the Bloomsbury set of artists and thinkers will be held at Bonhams for the first time this spring.

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Police appeal after violent robbery at Ian Towning’s Chelsea antiques centre

03 April 2024

Two thugs armed with hammers targeted Bourbon Hanby Antiques Arcade and smashed cabinets and attacked three people.

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Dealer buys second Celestial Cup at auction

01 April 2024

The latest sale of Fine Asian Art at Alastair Gibson Auctions in London included a particularly impressive example of 19th century Chinese export silver.

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Bravery of mine defusers recognised by George medals and crosses

01 April 2024

George Medals were awarded to military recipients for bravery not in the face of the enemy, so bomb or mine disposal is a classic reason.

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