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Top stories this week – including news of an auction record for a Star Wars toy

23 November 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a rare prototype action figure setting an auction record for any Star Wars toy.

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Marvel’s first ever comic book - granddaddy of all Marvel Comics - makes auction record at $1m

22 November 2019

A 1939 copy of Marvel Comics No 1 sold at Heritage Auctions this week setting a world auction record for the most expensive Marvel comic ever sold.

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Bust of leading French statesman by the king’s sculptor fetches £2m in Paris auction

22 November 2019

A rare early 17th century bronze bust of a French statesman discovered in a French country house was knocked down at €2.4m (£2.07m) hammer at the Drouot auction centre in Paris this week.

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High society portrait, 19th century sketch books and an oak chair owned by Elisabeth Frink – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

22 November 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an oak chair from the collection of Dame Elisabeth Frink that made over 12-times estimate.

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Fundraising effort for appeal against ivory ban ramps up

21 November 2019

Dealers and collectors granted an appeal against a High Court ruling on the Ivory Act 2018 are redoubling their efforts to raise the necessary funds for legal fees.

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Thames boat club calls on trade to help find boathouse clock

21 November 2019

The memorial clock on the outside of the boathouse of the Dittons Skiff and Punting Club in Thames Ditton has been stolen and members have appealed to the antiques trade to help find it.

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Auction record for Star Wars toy set in US with sale of rocket-firing Boba Fett figure

20 November 2019

A new record for any Star Wars toy has been set in the US with the appearance at auction of a rare prototype action figure - the J-slot rocket-firing Boba Fett.

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First Olympic medal to be won by a black British athlete beats Antiques Roadshow valuation at auction

19 November 2019

The first Olympic medals won by a black British athlete together with his sporting memorabilia sold at Hansons today.

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Yorkshire’s Brontë Parsonage Museum secures rare manuscript at Paris auction

18 November 2019

The Brontë Parsonage Museum has secured an 1830 autograph miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) that was auctioned at Aguttes in Paris.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rediscovered Paul Nash painting, a tripod table and a rare sampler

18 November 2019

With estimates from £600-70,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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British Art Fair returns to traditional timeslot for 2020 plus plans for Draw and Fair for Saatchi

18 November 2019

The British Art Fair (BAF) is to return to its previous dates in late September next year.

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They said what!? Reactions to flood-hit Derby and other quotes from the art and antiques market

17 November 2019

From Blitz spirit to bagging bargains find out what members of the art and antiques trade had to say this week.

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Most read: ATG’s top stories this week – including a trio of top Asian art lots

16 November 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of two charity shop finds that went under the hammer and one other chart topper, all included in recent Asian art auctions.

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Fine Arts Paris to expand in 2020

15 November 2019

The Fine Arts Paris fair opened to the public this week at the Carrousel du Louvre with the announcement of major expansion plans for its 2020 edition.

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Is the price right? At Olympia, dealers give buyers their tips on negotiation

15 November 2019

A fair’s last day is traditional hunting ground for buyers seeking discounts. This timing may be misguided, however, as ATG learned in the closing hours of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia London

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A clockwork gramophone playing chocolate discs and a Cartier silver case – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

15 November 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Cartier silver presentation cigarette case with the monogram of the King and Queen of Belgium.

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First Olympic medal to be won by a black British athlete comes to auction

14 November 2019

Jack London (1905-66) became the first black British athlete to win an Olympic medal when he was awarded bronze in the 4x4 100 metres relay and a silver in the 100 metres sprint in the 1928 Games in Amsterdam.

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Dealers and collectors make their final challenge to Ivory Act

13 November 2019

A High Court judge has granted dealers and collectors permission to take their Ivory Act 2018 challenge to the Court of Appeal, a move that could delay the law’s enforcement into spring next year.

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Huge polar exploration exhibition opens at Spink in London

13 November 2019

Auction house Spink is to host a comprehensive polar exhibition at its saleroom in Southampton Row, London.