Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus that began in China and seriously impacted many countries around the world in early 2020 led to challenging times the art and antiques industry, with numerous fairs and auctions being rescheduled and cancelled.


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Coronavirus: latest changes to auctions and fairs dates

01 April 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, many fairs and auctions have been cancelled or postponed in both the UK and overseas. Here is a list of events that ATG is aware have been affected so far and this story will be updated as we receive further information.

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TV’s Charlie Ross posts online workout video for auctioneers with closed salerooms

30 March 2020

In these days of self-isolation, social media is awash with home workout routines, but yesterday a new programme popped up, targeting at auctioneers.

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Coronavirus: Trade tested by lockdown

30 March 2020

The UK art and antiques trade is hastening its efforts to provide a sense of business as usual during unusual times after the UK government requested all ‘non-essential’ firms to close their premises to the public.

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Fellows sticks to family values as jewellery auction is staged from owner’s home

27 March 2020

Auction house Fellows of Birmingham has started holding live online sales of jewellery and watches ‘from home’. Managing director and auctioneer Stephen Whittaker conducted the latest sale in his own front room in rural Shropshire.

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Vendors support Lyon & Turnbull’s move to sell online

27 March 2020

The Edinburgh and London auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to press ahead with its two April sales as ‘live online only’ events. The firm’s sales of Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 (April 1) and Contemporary & Post-War Art (April 16) will feature auctioneer Gavin Strang on the rostrum in Edinburgh but no one else in the room.

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Coronavirus: Emergency measures for the self-employed announced by chancellor

26 March 2020

Emergency help from the chancellor Rishi Sunak will be available for self-employed people it was announced today.

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Masterpiece London cancelled for summer 2020 due to coronavirus crisis

26 March 2020

The summer 2020 edition of Masterpiece London planned for June 24-July 1 has been cancelled, organisers have announced.

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Coronavirus: Summer Olympia postponed with new dates pending

26 March 2020

Clarion Events, organiser of the two annual Olympia Art & Antiques Fairs have postponed its summer event.

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UK art and antiques businesses close their doors but some sales to continue online

24 March 2020

The government’s updated list of businesses whose premises must close as UK enters three-week lockdown to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus includes all dealers, centres, fairs and auctions.

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Philip Mould launches daily livestream based on personal collection

23 March 2020

Philip Mould is putting his own spin on ‘working from home’ as he welcomes the public to his Oxfordshire estate.

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Trade moves online as Covid-19 bites

23 March 2020

Fair organisers were forced into making dramatic changes to their schedule as almost every event in the UK and Ireland was either cancelled or postponed last week, while many dealers were left facing the most challenging conditions for trading in living memory.

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ATG comment: The trade will find a way to survive the coronavirus crisis

23 March 2020

There’s an age-old adage that wherever there’s a willing buyer and a willing seller, the two cannot be separated. But the current outbreak of the coronavirus has had more effect in creating distance between these two than anything experienced in modern times.

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The Open Art Fair goes ahead – but closes after two days

23 March 2020

The Open Art Fair, the new incarnation of what was the annual BADA fair in Chelsea, opened in hugely difficult circumstances on Wednesday March 18.

Selected fair cancellations due of to the coronavirus outbreak

23 March 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, the number of fairs being cancelled or postponed is extensive.

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Kempton final March date postponed but 'we're evaluating next dates on a weekly basis'

20 March 2020

Sunbury Antiques Fairs, organiser of Kempton and Sandown fairs, has postponed the next scheduled dates of both events due to coronavirus concerns.

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IACF cancels Newark, Ardingly but reschedules Peterborough from April to June

19 March 2020

IACF, the UK’s largest fair organiser, has cancelled flagship events in April and May as “the health of our stallholders and loyal buyers is our absolute priority” during the coronavirus crisis.

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BBC Antiques Roadshow’s summer events postponed until late July

19 March 2020

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow valuation days have been postponed in light of the UK’s government’s advice about the holding of public events.

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Picture special: how the show went on for Adams Fairs in London on Sunday

19 March 2020

Despite coronavirus concerns, dealers came out in support of Adams Antiques Fairs staging its monthly London event last Sunday - ahead of postponement of future dates

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Christie's switches focus to private sales and postpones auctions to deal with coronavirus

19 March 2020

Christie’s has made a series of changes to its auction schedule across the world to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

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Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

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