Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Fake Sumerian cuneiform tablets seized at airport

11 May 2020

A group of smuggled Mesopotamian ‘antiquities’ destined for collectors in the UK was discovered to be fake and seized by Border Force.

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Christie’s and China Guardian team up for series of autumn sales and events in Shanghai

07 May 2020

Auction house Christie’s and China Guardian have teamed up to create a series of sales, exhibitions and events in Shanghai in September.

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Cartoons by late Astérix creator Albert Uderzo to be auctioned for charity

06 May 2020

Cartoons by the late Albert Uderzo (1927-2020) will be offered by his family at a charity auction hosted by Artcurial in Paris.

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Fake Mesopotamian antiquities seized at Heathrow airport with help of Border Force officers and the British Museum

05 May 2020

A group of Mesopotamian antiquities destined for collectors in the UK was discovered to be fake and seized in an operation by Border Force and the British Museum.

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London rare book fair 'Firsts' cancelled and digital event to be launched

05 May 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair 2020', has been cancelled for the summer and will instead be replaced with a digital version.

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French auctions prepare to return as Drouot aims to reopen on May 25

04 May 2020

The Paris auction centre Hôtel Drouot intends to reopen on May 25, pending “any government counter-argument”.

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Heritage announces ‘significant expansion’ all on one site

04 May 2020

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, is consolidating its three offices into one large global headquarters to incorporate offices, salerooms and cataloguing space.

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Aussie art dealer looks back on UK influence

04 May 2020

The UK and Australia have a strong connection, highlighted by commemorations such as the recent Anzac Day (April 25) to remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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Plea to help find photographica collection put together over 45 years but now stolen

02 May 2020

A collection of cameras, photographs and accessories put together by a private collector for more than 45 years has been stolen from a storage unit in north London.

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Urban artist creates new painting to raise money for NHS at Forum Auctions

01 May 2020

Forum Auctions is hosting a single-lot live online-only sale to raise money for the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

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Chance to record with Sting, have a coffee with Hillary Clinton or a Shakespearian acting lesson with Sir Patrick Stewart: all up for grabs at charity auction

28 April 2020

Sotheby’s and Google will auction star-studded experiences to raise money for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Be alert to money laundering activity during lockdown says HMRC

27 April 2020

HMRC has warned the art market to be on alert for money laundering attempts during the coronavirus pandemic.

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More auction houses and dealers join movement to host sales to help Covid-19 NHS charity appeals

25 April 2020

A number of auction houses and dealers have set up sales to raise funds for the under-pressure NHS in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

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Picture dealers unite to hold online auction to help NHS Charities

23 April 2020

The Parker Gallery is holding an online timed auction on thesaleroom.com and part of the fees will be donated to NHS Charities to help with the coronavirus pandemic.

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New faces at Sworders, Phillips and Bonhams - the latest Movers and Shakers from auction houses

21 April 2020

Among the latest appointments across auction firms, Sarah Flynn has left Cheffins to join Sworders.

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Sworders to roll out online auctions in May

20 April 2020

Sworders is launching a new calendar of online-only and timed online auctions to satisfy demand from clients for sales next month.

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Lively views during lockdown

20 April 2020

You can’t visit dealers in person – but you could pop in to their homes and gardens online

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Art dealers at home… and on the internet: dealers invite viewers to their homes and gardens  

17 April 2020

While the country has been in lockdown I have visited Philip Mould’s bedroom, Derek Johns’ wild flower garden, Simon Dickinson’s folly and Rhod McEwan’s Highland home.

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Nine hours on rostrum is the new auction norm

13 April 2020

A switch to online-only sales for auction houses has led to a rise in marathon sessions.

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Present arms for an £11,000 result

13 April 2020

Among the highlights of Antony Cribb’s Spring Virtual Arms and Armour sale was a collection of presentation swords.