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News In Brief – including Sotheby’s launching a new hybrid sale format

18 May 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including Sotheby's launching “a silent auction combining the discretion of a private sale with the dynamism of an auction” in Hong Kong.

A lawyer writes: Can you prove a provenance you put forward?

18 May 2020

Historically verifiable ownership is very different from having an opinion

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Dealer David Harper keeps super-busy

18 May 2020

As if opening a shop right now weren’t enough, a book is on the way

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The 18th century silver-mounted tomahawk that became a British war trophy

18 May 2020

This rare and well-provenanced silver mounted and quillworked presentation pipe tomahawk is billed as a highlight of Morphy Auctions’ three-day May 27-29 sale in Denver, Pennsylvania.

Online browsing: a list of dealer portals

18 May 2020

Buying direct from a dealer’s site is fine when you know what you want and who to buy it from. But readers who have enjoyed browsing our recent selections of dealers’ objects have asked us for a list of dealer portals.

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Ventriloquist’s doll highly spoken of in Tetsworth auction

18 May 2020

The sale held by Swan Fine Art (20% buyer’s premium) in Tetsworth on May 6 included a fine-quality ventriloquist’s doll, c.1930.

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Fantasy fun of Frazetta and Frankenstein

18 May 2020

Spread over four days, April 30-May 3, a comics and artwork auction held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas raised over $7.5m with every lot sold.

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John Ruskin's sketch of French cathedral emerges at Skinner

18 May 2020

Both American and European works are on offer in Skinner’s wide-ranging sale of paintings and sculpture to be held live online in its Marlborough rooms on May 31.

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Auction previews: issue 2443

18 May 2020

The auction calendar has been much changed by Covid 19 restrictions. However, as indicated by these lots offered for sale, an increasing number of auction houses are transacting safely behind closed doors holding timed sales or ‘live online’ sales with bids taken via bidding platforms such as thesaleroom.com or over the phone. Typically purchases can either be collected safely and couriered, or stored by the auction house until the current government guidance is lifted. With auction houses set to be able to be reopen premises to the public from June 1, more and more sales are now being added to the auction calendar.

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Craftsman who supplied Fabergé features in New York auction alongside Picasso pottery

18 May 2020

Several works by the celebrated master enamel craftsman Feodor Ruckert featured in the latest Russian works of art sale held by Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Take a look at the bigger picture

18 May 2020

Auctions may be down in number but pre-lockdown sales provided some positive market signs

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Bidders back a local artist in Cumbria

18 May 2020

Seven lots by celebrated local artist Percy Kelly (1918-93) put in a decent performance at the most recent Antiques & Fine Art sale held by Cumbrian saleroom Mitchells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Senufo peoples statuette features in Paris tribal art sale

18 May 2020

This unpublished carved wooden statuette from the Senufo peoples of south-east Mali, west Africa, is to be offered in a 154-lot sale of Tribal Art to be held on May 26 by Ader in its Paris, rue Favart rooms in collaboration with the Euvrard Fabre auction house.

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Precious metals prices: issue 2443

18 May 2020

On Friday, May 15, Michael Bloomstein of Brighton was paying the following for bulk scrap against a gold fix of: $1734.85 / €1604.51 / £1422.06

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Bid Barometer: issue 2443

18 May 2020

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period May 7-13, 2020. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Louis XIV vases stand out in summer sales at Christie’s Paris

18 May 2020

Christie’s Paris rooms has announced a programme of 18 summer sales that it will be holding over May, June and July. These are a mixture of timed auctions and live online (huis clos) auctions.

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Huge ornamental screen sells at salvage dealer's retirement auction

18 May 2020

The team at antiques dealership Robert Mills Architectural spent decades salvaging items from closed-down churches, banks, mansions and pubs.

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English Arts & Crafts enamel plaques come to the fore in Cincinnati

18 May 2020

Treadway’s (25/20/15% buyer’s premium) Spring sale in Cincinnati was led by examples of Tiffany glassware and a Gallé ceramic.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a Vladimir Polunin stage design

18 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a pencil and watercolour by Russian artist Vladimir Polunin.

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Chung Ling Soo stage prop surfaces across the Atlantic

18 May 2020

The American magician William Ellsworth Robinson not only adopted the stage name of Chung Ling Soo but stayed in character as a Chinese magician on and off stage.

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