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Victoria Cross awarded for heroic defensive feat 'ranking alongside Rorke's Drift' comes for sale

05 June 2021

A unique Victoria Cross group of medals for “a feat that probably ranks alongside Rorke’s Drift in the history of famous defences against overwhelming odds” is estimated at £300,000-400,000 at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb on June 23.

Dr Philip Errington

Industry updates: New hires across UK dealers and US auction houses

02 June 2021

Among the latest Movers & Shakers is a new hire at book dealer Peter Harrington.

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Museum hopes to buy Brontë manuscripts at Sotheby’s

31 May 2021

The Brontë museum hopes to raise funds to buy rare manuscripts from a rediscovered library collection coming up for sale at Sotheby’s.

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Music academy promises historical instruments will be kept

31 May 2021

The Royal Academy of Music has said it has no plans to sell or dispose of any of its historic instruments after national media reported it was looking into ‘decolonialising’ its collection.

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Plaques pull in devoted fans at Olympia Auctions

31 May 2021

This rare pair of south Italian or Sicilian devotional plaques (capezzali) sold for £26,000 at Matthew Barton of Olympia Auctions in west London on May 25.

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From darkness comes light: John Craxton show opens at Osborne Samuel

31 May 2021

Exhibition concentrates on John Craxton works before he moved to Greece after the war

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Chaucer and Newton make it big at Bonhams

31 May 2021

Famous Kelmscott edition and copies of unpublished letters both attract strong bidding at Bonhams' books sale

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Recycling is the fashion these days

31 May 2021

Vintage fashion dealer Samaya Ling has been in the trade for nearly 20 years but the rest of the world is cottoning on, it seems.

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Four sales prove better by design at Lyon & Turnbull

31 May 2021

Extensive cross-section of design-themed objects offered in Edinburgh and London by same auction house

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Napoleon and Josephine reunited at London dealer's exhibition

31 May 2021

In the year commemorating 200 years since the death of Napoleon, pendant portraits of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte have been reunited after more than a century apart.

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5 Questions: Swift Antique Lace

31 May 2021

Anne Swift and her son Phil run Swift Antique Lace, trading from a stall in London’s Portobello Road antiques market.

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You can be sure of Shell poster popularity

31 May 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s Lalique sale had been displayed at the Mall Galleries in London with posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection as a backdrop.

Portobello Road

Kensington & Chelsea council launches study for locals to have say over development including in and around Portobello Road

29 May 2021

Kensington & Chelsea council has launched a study of locations across its borough including Portobello Road.

LAPADA Fair

Dealer association LAPADA cancels autumn fair due to ongoing coronavirus impact

27 May 2021

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair usually held in the autumn in London’s Berkeley Square has been cancelled for a second year running.

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The web shop window: Giacometti's drawing of composer Stravinsky

24 May 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Art market: The bidding battle of Cape St Vincent

24 May 2021

Trio of family paintings depicting Jervis’ finest hour bring £90,000 result for marine specialist Charles Miller

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Darnley Fine Art exhibition turns spotlight on artists who painted by moonlight

24 May 2021

Artists throughout history have been inspired by the moon and its light. Mysterious, illusive, and ethereal, this celestial body has been utilised to convey all manner of themes from romance and religion to fantasy and intrigue.

Dr Ferdinand Mainzer

London and Birmingham museums benefit from tax scheme for doctor’s portrait

22 May 2021

The National Gallery in London and Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts will both benefit from the acquisition of a portrait by German artist Lovis Corinth (1858-1925).

Paul Raison

Auction house department heads from Bonhams and Christie's become dealers

17 May 2021

Two long-standing auction department heads launch second careers as dealers this month.

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Moving On: Roger Keverne sale marathon brings £4.8m

17 May 2021

The first of two Bonhams sales dispersing the remaining stock of the long-established Chinese art dealership of Roger Keverne was a marathon affair.

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