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Auction previews: issue 2444

25 May 2020

Nine upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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One giant leap for auctioneers

25 May 2020

Covid-19 crisis has launched the art and antiques world into technological exploration

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Lockdown period leads to increased number of first-time bidders

25 May 2020

The migration to online sales that has occurred during the lockdown has brought about some noticeable changes to the art market. These include, not least, the profile of buyers at auctions.

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News In Brief – including the National Gallery acquiring three Old Master portraits

25 May 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the National Gallery in London taking ownership of pictures by Jean-Etienne Liotard, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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Precious metals prices: issue 2444

25 May 2020

On Friday, May 22, Michael Bloomstein of Brighton was paying the following for bulk scrap against a gold fix of: $1732.45 / €1587.51 / £1421.99

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1400 including a Pierre de Clausades landscape

25 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a landscape by French artist Pierre de Clausades that sold over estimate.

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French auctions get green light to reopen following Germany’s lead

25 May 2020

Auction house premises across Europe are reopening after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Big tick for scroll container

25 May 2020

This 3ft (91cm) high hard-sided 'tik', or Torah scroll container is representative of the type used in the Sephardic tradition.

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Buyer tracks down a Lely lookalike

25 May 2020

This portrait that emerged at the March 18 auction at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury appears to be closely based on Sir Peter Lely’s (1618-80) portrait of Mary II as a young girl that now resides in the Royal Collection.

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Gold price hits record high in the UK

21 May 2020

An all-time high for gold was recorded in the UK this week as investors looked to the traditional safe haven of the yellow metal at a time of grave economic uncertainty.

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Portobello Road to become traffic-free to enable social distancing for shoppers

20 May 2020

Portobello Road will close to traffic during weekday trading hours to allow more room for shoppers and visitors.

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French auction houses reopen following Germany’s lead as lockdown eases across Europe

19 May 2020

Auction houses in France have been given the go-ahead to re-open this month after being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lobbying helps art industry make key step in return to full trading in England

18 May 2020

Following representations by the British Art Market Federation (BAMF) and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers And Valuers (SOFAA) to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), auction houses were removed from the list of businesses that must remain closed due to the government's lockdown measures. DCMS said antique dealerships will also be able to open premises from June 1.

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Pick of the week: Into battle armed with bagpipes

18 May 2020

As the Scottish regiments went over the top on July 1, 1916 – the fateful First Day of the Somme – they were led into battle by the wail of bagpipes.

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Antiquities headline Christie's ‘Classic Week’ online from June 2-19

18 May 2020

Offering a range of antiquities, Old Masters, 19th century art, sculpture, books and manuscripts, Christie’s ‘Classic Week’ of sales in New York will take place as a series of seven online auctions next month.

BAMF working to tackle backlog over export licences

18 May 2020

The art market is lobbying for the reopening of the Export Licensing Unit (ELU) which closed in March.

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Scottish country house supplies £36,000 vase

18 May 2020

A Beijing enamel vase from a Scottish country house topped the Asian art sale held ‘behind closed doors’ by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): May 19-30, 2020

18 May 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions - all held online only for now because of the coronavirus alert.

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Versailles auction to feature portrait of royal architect

18 May 2020

This late-18th century French school portrait of Michel Louis Melan, architect to Louis XVI, will be offered for sale in Osenat’s auction titled La Royauté à Versailles to be held in the town on May 24.

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Dealers Online: ATG's selection of 22 objects available from dealers' websites

18 May 2020

Our selection of 22 objects to view and buy from dealers online.

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