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Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud leads London sales at £37.5m

01 July 2022

A Francis Bacon portrait of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud topped the latest series of Modern and Contemporary auctions in London.

Hollow Form with White Interior by Barbara Hepworth

Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 June 2022

A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.

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Early trading brings brisk sales at TEFAF

27 June 2022

The TEFAF Maastricht fair opened with a raft of high-value sales last week.

Portobello Road Market

Summer Sundays return to Portobello Road Market

27 June 2022

Portobello Road Market will return to Sunday trading this summer.

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Capital letters: ‘It’s all happening here and it’s fun to be part of it’

27 June 2022

Don’t forget to visit London’s shops and galleries when in town for the multi-dealer events

Fabrizio Moretti

Moretti Fine Art opens new St James’s gallery

23 June 2022

Moretti Fine Art is to open an enlarged gallery in the heart of St James’s after a complete renovation of the Duke Street buildings.

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning family archive entices worldwide interest

20 June 2022

The contents of a small London museum devoted to Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) sold for just under £100,000 at auction in Essex.

Chaworth Roll

Medieval map lays out the routes to royalty

20 June 2022

The Chaworth Roll, a 14th century genealogy of the kings of England that includes the second-earliest recorded road map of the country, is on offer at TEFAF Maastricht this week.

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Shackleton maps out his routes

20 June 2022

Dramatic rescue of 1916 was recorded visually by the polar explorer two years later

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5 Questions: art dealer Cordelia Bourne at Patrick Bourne & Co

20 June 2022

Cordelia Bourne is one half of Patrick Bourne & Co which takes part in London Art Week and Masterpiece this summer.

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Rare broadside bid to £2800

20 June 2022

Bid to £2800 via thesaleroom.com in a Forum Auctions (25/20/12.5% buyer’ premium) sale of May 5 was this seemingly very rare broadside published in London by James Catnach.

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Mr Derbyshire, a sword and an Armenian mystery

13 June 2022

Whatever Mr Derbyshire, The Worthy Representative of Freedom Loving Great Britain was doing in the Caucasus in 1920, the Armenians of Karabach were obviously pretty pleased about it.

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Larkin leaps to five figures twice

13 June 2022

Two volumes of poetry offered in London auction were published by the Marvell Press.

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Medals: not just for the military

13 June 2022

Spotlight on honours sold recently includes courageous lifesavers from civilian backgrounds.

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Rare Rorke’s Drift casualty honour comes up at auction

13 June 2022

In May 2019 Spink (20% buyer’s premium) medal specialist Marcus Budgen was entrusted to catalogue the medals of Gunner A Howard, ‘N’ Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Artillery, one of just four members of the RA present at the defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War.

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Brothers brought South American magic via Barnsley

13 June 2022

Long before Mirandinha, Faustino Asprilla and Nolberto Solano graced the hallowed turf of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, two brothers paved the way for South American footballers to play professionally in England.

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Olympia: A grand day out

13 June 2022

The summer Art & Antiques Fair is now running in Olympia Grand, the largest of the halls.

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Masterpiece: raise a glass

13 June 2022

Prestigious Chelsea fair Masterpiece can even boast an official champagne partner.

Quebec

A landmark of Canadiana rediscovered in an attic

06 June 2022

Recently found in a Norfolk attic, a full set of Canadian scenes by the military artist and topographical draughtsman Major General James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847) sold for £130,000 at Forum Auctions (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Chuffed at scratchbuilt steam success in Battersea

06 June 2022

An engineer’s scratch-built working model of a steam locomotive, c.1940, in brass, steel and copper was one of the highlight sales at the last Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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