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Aaron Dean has joined auction house Adam Partridge.

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Dean joins Adam Partridge saleroom

Aaron Dean has joined Adam Partridge as senior valuer and auctioneer.

Dean had previously worked at Dreweatts and Gorringe’s and jointly founded Shropshire auction house Trevanion & Dean in 2014. He left the firm in 2019 to move to Cheshire with his partner and took a career break.

Having returned to the auction world this year as a general valuer, Dean will continue to specialise in books, historic documents and ephemera and maintains his interest in other categories including furniture, clocks and works of art.

Adam Partridge said: “We are very excited to have Aaron join Adam Partridge Auctioneers. His positive approach to life, brilliant work ethic and extensive knowledge and experience is perfect to lead our teams and help to take the business forward.”

Appeal after silver stolen from hall

A group of silver and silver plate items has been stolen from the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield and police are seeking information on the incident.

The theft took place on May 28 when the Grade II* building was broken into and the silver was taken from a locked display case.

Among the missing collection is a 2ft 4in (70cm) silver presentation salver and a 1783, 6in (16cm) high George III candlestick.

For the full list and images contact Colonel Philip Bates, CEO of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, at philip.bates@cutler-hallamshire.org.uk

Anyone with information on this incident should call 101 quoting crime reference number 14/825513/21 from Sheffield Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Barber promoted at Bonhams HK

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Malcolm Barber of Bonhams.

Bonhams has promoted Malcolm Barber to co-chairman and CEO Asia in Hong Kong. He has previously held the posts of group managing director and group CEO working in the US for the auction house.

Edward Wilkinson will leave his role of executive director Asia, becoming worldwide director of Indian, Himalayan and south-east Asian art in London.

Webb’s launches Wellington team

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Carey Young and David Maskill of Webb’s.

New Zealand auction house Webb’s, in Auckland, has created a new art team in Wellington, with the appointments of Carey Young and David Maskill.

Young joins as fine art specialist and is returning to the firm she worked for between 2011-14.

Maskill has been appointed as an art consultant and is a specialist in 18th century French art and in the history of prints.

Sotheby’s starts sales in Germany

Sotheby’s is to launch sales in Germany and has opened a new office at The Palais Oppenheim in Cologne.

It will hold auctions in the city of Modern & Contemporary Art, Design, Photography and Luxury and has three scheduled sales this autumn. The inaugural sale of Modern & Contemporary Art will be held online on September 10-17.

Sotheby’s said Cologne becomes its sixth selling location in Europe joining London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich and Milan. Sotheby’s first opened an office in Germany (in Munich) in 1969.

Separately Sotheby’s is launching a summer private sales gallery in Monaco, running from July to October.

Read more about German sales in ATG’s feature this week (page 38-39 & 42).

Julier appointed by Hotlotz

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Grace Julier, who has joined Hotlotz in Singapore.

Hotlotz in Singapore has hired Grace Julier as a valuer and appraiser. She was previously at Mallams in the UK.

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The number of carats in a pear-shaped D colour flawless diamond to be offered at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in a single-lot live auction on July 9. The auction house said it would accept payment in Bitcoin or Ether for the item, estimated at HK$78- 118m (approximately £7.23m-10.93m), making it the highest estimate ever for a physical object offered for purchase with cryptocurrency.