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Record bid for ‘young Australia’s chef d’oeuvre’ at auction

13 September 2021

This bronze reduction of Kipkh (Circe) by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal (1863-1931) set a new house record at Lots Road Auctions.

How long is it ‘fair and reasonable’ to wait for a bidder to settle a £354,000 bill?

13 September 2021

A legal dispute that explored how long it is ‘fair and reasonable’ to wait for a buyer to pay for a six-figure purchase has concluded.

Ivory Act faces final consultation ahead of ‘spring 2022’ enforcement

13 September 2021

The final consultation on the Ivory Act has been launched ahead of the near-total ivory ban coming into force in spring 2022.

Happy returns to Bond Street for a £4m-6m shredded Banksy

13 September 2021

Billed as “an audacious piece of performance art” by Sotheby’s, although viewed by others as a publicity stunt, the half-shredded Banksy painting Love is in the Bin is returning to auction with its estimate bumped up.

Drinking a toast to the Bonnie Prince – in an English teapot

13 September 2021

The sale of the collection of Robin Simpson (1940-2020) was celebration of British commemorative ceramics.

50 years of serving the trade

13 September 2021

Fifty years ago this week a specialist newspaper listing auctions taking place all around the UK was published for the first time.

Potburys closes auction arm

13 September 2021

After 50 years of trading, Potburys Auctions in Sidmouth, Devon will close with the last sale scheduled for September 21.

Tagore ink painting brings Indian summer

13 September 2021

A mount to an ‘Indian school’ ink wash offered by Cuttlestones in Penkridge on September 2 read simply 'G Tagore'.

Banksy’s shredded canvas ‘Love is in the Bin’ returns to Sotheby’s

09 September 2021

Billed as “an audacious piece of performance art” by Sotheby’s, although viewed by others as a publicity stunt, the half-shredded Banksy painting ‘Love is in the Bin’ is returning to auction with its estimate bumped up.

Going for a Song – ‘Ru’ censer brings £320,000

06 September 2021

Stamford Auction Rooms set a house record when a Chinese pottery tripod censer shot over its £500-800 estimate to bring £320,000.

Tennants will host the ‘Harrogate’ fair

06 September 2021

Auction house Tennants has stepped in to host The Northern Antiques Fair later this month after its usual Harrogate venue was not available.

Gun used to kill Billy the Kid sets auction record for any firearm

06 September 2021

The gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid has been sold for a world auction record for any firearm at Bonhams in Los Angeles.

Ally Pally fair cancelled for October

06 September 2021

Organiser IACF has been forced to cancel its Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair scheduled for October 24 because of a scheduling clash with another event using the halls in north London.

Dealer’s collection in the best Company

06 September 2021

Sotheby’s is offering a major group of Company School paintings from the collection of American collector and art dealer Carlton C Rochell Jr in London on October 27.

Auctioneer turned dealer consigns major collection of Company School pictures to Sotheby’s

02 September 2021

Billed as the first dedicated auction of its kind, Sotheby’s is offering a major group of Company School paintings from the collection of American collector and art dealer Carlton C. Rochell, Jr in London on October 27.

Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair cancelled

01 September 2021

Fair organiser IACF has been forced to cancel its Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair scheduled for October 24 due to a scheduling clash with another event using the halls in north London.

Robert Brooks: the boss who built the Bonhams brand

30 August 2021

Former chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks has died aged 64 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Auctioneer Alan Blakeman to sell giant pot lid in downsizing of his collection

30 August 2021

Advertising and antique bottle supremo Alan Blakeman of BBR Auctions discovered this massive 18½in (45cm) diameter pot lid back in the early 1980s.

Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller targets the oak market

30 August 2021

Suffolk auction house Bishop & Miller is launching a series of designated oak furniture and works of art sales with the input of former Bonhams specialist David Houlston.

Pick of the week: The face of a king about to be executed

30 August 2021

It was second time lucky for a 17th century ring made to commemorate the death of King Charles I.

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