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Top stories this week – including news of a new auction house for Surrey

05 July 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of former art dealer-turned-auctioneer Buffy Parker launching a saleroom in the centre of Farnham in Surrey.

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German artist’s enigmatic portrait of railway worker makes major auction record at Lempertz

04 July 2020

Albert Birkle (1900-1986) was a German artist who studied in Berlin later moving to Salzburg in Austria. He was part of the ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ or New Objectivity movement of the 1920s.

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Lowry’s rugby crowd posts online-only record for Christie's

03 July 2020

Leading a dedicated sale of works by LS Lowry, a painting believed to be the artist’s only picture relating to a rugby match set the highest price so far at an online-only auction at Christie's.

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Sought-after Airfix set stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

03 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an Airfix scale model Attack Force battle set complete in its original packaging that made over 30-times estimate in Suffolk.

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The show goes on: London Art Week galleries open doors for a modified event

02 July 2020

An impressive Roman funerary altar is among the highlights at London Art Week (LAW), which promises to have much life starting with a preview day on July 2 and opening to the public on July 3.

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From obscurity to TEFAF to the Mauritshuis: portrait reclaims its rightful place in marital diptych

02 July 2020

Portraits of a husband and wife have been reunited after nearly 125 years thanks to a new acquisition by the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

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Appeal to help find stolen wedding ring of elderly care home resident

02 July 2020

The family of an elderly lady in a care home in north London is hoping the antiques and jewellery trade may spot three rings that have been stolen.

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Norman Whiteside football memorabilia collection to be sold in Surrey auction

01 July 2020

Pub quiz time: who was the youngest player to appear in a World Cup, the youngest to score in a League Cup Final and FA Cup Final, made his debut for Manchester United at 16 and was their youngest captain at the age of 20?

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Pallant House acquires 1960s painting of first gay kiss in British theatre

30 June 2020

Pallant House Gallery in Chichester has acquired a series of five paintings depicting the first gay kiss and drag ball in British theatre.

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Antique clocks reported stolen from Foreign & Commonwealth Office

29 June 2020

A group of antique clocks has been reported stolen from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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Christie’s merges Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art departments in coronavirus cost cutting programme

29 June 2020

Auction house Christie’s has created a new department called 20th & 21st Century Art group by merging the existing Impressionist and Modern Art and Contemporary Art teams.

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A Constable sketch, a Hornby locomotive and The Wind in the Willows first-edition are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

29 June 2020

With estimates from £700-20,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Top stories this week – including news of a legal dispute into a ‘fake’ Old Master heading to the Court of Appeal

28 June 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a legal dispute over a 'fake' Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting now set to reach the Court of Appeal.

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Life after lockdown in the art and antiques world - in pictures

27 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres have begun to reopen their premises to the public. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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Top-selling Titanic poster stars in our pick of six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

26 June 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare White Star Line poster publicising the Olympic and Titanic ships – ‘the largest steamers in the world’.

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Stanley Gibbons unveils refurbished Strand showroom

26 June 2020

Stanley Gibbons Group, which runs philately auctioneer-dealer Stanley Gibbons, numismatic dealership Baldwin’s and auction joint venture Baldwin’s of St James’s, will shortly reopen its newly refurbished shop and head office at 399 Strand in central London.

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The Fine Art Society relaunches in Soho two years after closing New Bond Street premises

25 June 2020

As galleries across the country reopen after months of lockdown, one venerable institution is preparing to stage a comeback even longer awaited.

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Overall total at Christie’s Classic Week falls as sales pushed back until the autumn

25 June 2020

The postponement of three top-end paintings and objects sales meant that the overall total generated by Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ in New York was well down on previous years.

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Connect Art Fair launches exhibition portal and announces charitable donation

24 June 2020

Although the inaugural summer edition of Connect Art Fair has been postponed, the organisation has been busy supporting dealers and the wider industry.

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German auction house Nagel begins insolvency process but remains operating as coronavirus hits trade

23 June 2020

Nagel in Stuttgart, which has been trading since 1922, has been so severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown that it has begun an insolvency process.