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In the latest of a long line of overseas appointments announced at auctioneers Phillips, Julia Roxana Heinen becomes specialist and regional director for 20th century and contemporary art for Switzerland, based in Zurich.

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Julia Roxana Heinen who has joined Phillips.

She joins from Bonhams, where she was a senior specialist for post-war and contemporary art.

Along with time spent as a private art advisor, Heinen has worked at Galerie Mitterrand + Cramer in Geneva, Galerie Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf, and Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg in Cologne.

In the country file

An auction house located in the rural charm of Ryedale on the edge of the North York Moors is always going to have a clientele interested in sporting pursuits.

And that explains why Angus Ashworth, the boss of Ryedale Auctioneers of Kirkbymoorside, says the firm’s Militaria & Sporting Auctions “have been getting more and more popular”. In fact, so much so that Ryedale has extended the frequency of these sales to five a year.

The second Militaria & Sporting Auction of 2017 featured “a packed saleroom and some very furious bidding on the phone and in the room”, Ashworth adds. The next is on June 18.

Morphy sport move

American saleroom Morphy Auctions is launching a Sports Memorabilia Division.

It will be headed by Tommy Sage Jr, who joined forces with Dan Morphy in 2004 to establish Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania.

Known in the industry for his expertise in toys, trains and sports memorabilia, Sage has personally been collecting sports memorabilia for almost four decades. He is also Morphy Auctions’ Toy and Pop Culture Division head.

Sage will be working with industry expert Kevin Bronson, Morphy’s new sports memorabilia consultant, who has worked at several major auction houses.

The debut sale on October 26 features more than 500 lots. Two auctions will be held a year: one in spring and another in autumn.

African art at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s is holding its first dedicated Modern and Contemporary African Art sale in London on May 16.

Pre-sale exhibitions are taking place in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London.

The auction offers works by more than 60 different artists from 14 countries across the continent.

Sotheby’s says its entry into the market is in response to its current strength and potential growth over the coming years.