London-based vintage fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor is partnering with new Paris firm Maurice Auction to stage vintage and luxury sales in the French capital.

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Kerry Taylor teams up with Paris firm

Kerry Taylor

Kerry Taylor of Kerry Taylor Auctions and Marie Laurence Tixier and Salomé Pirson of Maurice Auction.

London-based vintage fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor is partnering with new Paris firm Maurice Auction to stage vintage and luxury sales in the French capital.

The inaugural sale at rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré on July 7, timed to coincide with Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, features an important singleowner collection.

Maurice Auction, specialising in luxury and 20th and 21st century arts, was founded this year by Marie- Laurence Tixier and Salomé Pirson.

Taylor said: “I have a longstanding love affair with Paris – the home of Haute Couture. Brexit made trading conditions difficult but with this new partnership we hope to attract new buyers and sellers from across Europe. I am delighted to be partnering with Maurice Auction – an all-female team who share my passion for fashion.”

Essex auction house Stacey’s expands

Stacey’s in Essex has expanded into a new saleroom. It retains its head office and saleroom in Rayleigh but will now hold its specialist sales at a unit at Baddow Antiques Centre in Great Baddow, Chelmsford. Stacey’s has taken over a large unit at the centre but a number of dealers remain in the other unit.

Its first sale at the new site was the Music & Entertainment Auction on April 4. Among the highlights was a signed limited edition Mexican Fender Stratocaster. It was signed by various musicians at a Capital Gold radio event including David Gilmour, Amy Winehouse, Paul Rodgers, Hank Marvin and three members of The Crickets. It sold for £3200 (plus 24% including VAT).

The next sale at the premises is a Toy & Model auction on May 9.

Alert sounded after Surrey carpets theft

Stolen Tabriz carpet

A c.1890 Tabriz carpet, one of the stolen items from Farnham Antique Carpets.

The art and antiques sector has been asked to look out for carpets stolen from Farnham Antique Carpets last month. The dealership reported the 25 missing carpets to Hampshire Police.

It is believed four hooded men in a stolen van entered the gallery on the evening of March 30 and stole the carpets in a matter of minutes.

Farnham Antique Carpets said: “Our indoor CCTV cameras captured the fiveminute burglary and we have managed to work out exactly which 25 carpets were stolen. Our alarm system went off and informed the police of the burglary but sadly the police response was not quick enough to get here to intervene.

“We ask for your help in narrowing the thieves’ opportunity to sell these on. Many are very large at more than 18 x 12ft (5.5 x 3.6m).”

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police by calling 101 quoting crime reference number 44220126158 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stolen limestone relief returned

Limestone relief

A stolen limestone relief now returned to its owner in India.

A stolen limestone relief has been returned to its owner in India after intervention by Art Recovery International and India Pride Project.

The relief had been offered for sale in 2018 by an Asian art dealer in Belgium. ARI traced the owner, who did not believe it to be stolen, and negotiated an unconditional release of the artwork to the Government of India. The piece was formally handed over to Ambassador Santosh Jha at the High Commission of India in Brussels in March this year.

Dating from the second half of the 3rd century, the limestone upper panel of a pilaster bas-relief was part of the ruins in the historical town of Nâgârjunakonda, an island located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The piece was held in an Indian museum until it was stolen in around 1995.

ARI’s Chris Marinello said the repatriation was the third in the last three months as part of ARI’s partnership with S Vijay Kumar and The India Pride Project.

He said: “A good-faith acquisition is not always a saving grace. We can offer a confidential and discreet way to resolve these title issues.”

Fake or Fortune? is back for 10th edition

BBC show Fake or Fortune? will soon be returning to TV screens. Presenters, art dealer Philip Mould and broadcaster Fiona Bruce, have begun filming for the 10th series.

It is taking place in locations including Miami, France, Germany and across the UK – an increase on the travel research of the previous series which had been restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show is expected to be broadcast at the end of the summer.

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Footballer Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup match-worn shirt.


The estimate for footballer Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup match-worn shirt when it comes to auction at Sotheby’s in an online sale from April 20 to May 4. Maradona was wearing this shirt in the Argentina v England game when he scored ‘The Hand of God’ and the ‘Goal of the Century’ in the quarter-finals of the tournament.