Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Indian bronzes returned by Met's Art and Antiques Unit

22 September 2020

The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit have helped recover three 15th century Indian bronze sculptures after one was identified in the possession of a UK dealer.

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Planning changes threaten Portobello shops

21 September 2020

Concerns have been raised that Portobello Road antiques shops could be under threat under new English planning laws that will make it easier to change the use of a retail building.

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Stolen collection of antiquarian books worth £2.5m recovered from underground store in Romania

19 September 2020

A collection of rare books valued at more than £2.5m and stolen from a London warehouse in 2017 has been recovered in Romania.

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Naval scene with links to Nelson family comes to auction in Wiltshire

16 September 2020

A naval scene by the well-known marine artist Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) that has provenance to the families of Lord Hood and Horatio Nelson is coming to auction at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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New hires and expansion plans – Movers & Shakers across the auction house sector

15 September 2020

The latest moves at Halls, Cheffins, Freeman’s and Milestone Auctions.

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Toy specialist Aston’s to hold its last auction

14 September 2020

Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley is to close and its final sale – a sci-fi toy collection – will be held next month.

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Consultation will be final step before Ivory Act is law

14 September 2020

A government consultation on the minutiae of elements of the Ivory Act is required prior to the implementing of the new law.

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Up for the cup as early trophy returns

14 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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Oldest surviving FA Cup to be offered at auction at Bonhams

10 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910 including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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Government's latest crackdown on social gatherings does not impact trade of art and antiques

09 September 2020

The number of people allowed to meet socially is being reduced from 30 to six in England from September 14, amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

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Contemporary and Modern Art dealers switch to online to battle coronavirus impact

09 September 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, art galleries focused attention on online growth to try to mitigate the impact of closures globally.

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North London studio sale of Italian artist comes to Dawsons Auctions

07 September 2020

Items from the Maida Vale studio of artist Franco Matania are coming to auction at Dawsons in Maidenhead.

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US tariffs on Chinese art take effect as New York auction series begins

07 September 2020

This month’s Asian art series in New York could be the last sales to avoid the new trade tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump administration.

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PFK art and antiques auctions close and Roberts moves to Mitchells

07 September 2020

The fine art department of Cumbrian firm Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s is to close with auctioneer Michael Roberts joining Mitchells in Cockermouth.

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British Museum buys collection of 103 Hokusai drawings rediscovered in Paris

05 September 2020

More than 100 rediscovered works by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) have been acquired by the British Museum.

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Spec-tacular: Gandhi’s glasses go for £260,000 in Bristol

31 August 2020

A pair of spectacles, by repute once owned by Mahatma Gandhi, were hammered down at £260,000 at East Bristol Auctions.

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Elisabeth Frink's Royal Academy diploma withdrawn from auction and donated to Dorset History Centre

31 August 2020

Among the contents of the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93) and later her son, Lin Jammet (1958-2017), offered at auction last week, was the sculptor’s Royal Academy diploma.

Art market will be given more time to register under Money Laundering Directive

31 August 2020

Art market businesses will have more time to register under the 5th Money Laundering Directive.

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Jeremy Vine, Clare Balding and Chiswick Auctions among supporters of charity auction to help Chiswick House

29 August 2020

Chiswick House & Gardens in west London is an 18th century villa and gardens planned by Lord Burlington.

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New office for Catherine Southon and appointments at Bonhams and Heritage – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques world

27 August 2020

A new consignment office for auction house Catherine Southon is among the latest updates from across the sector.