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Practical tips to sellers when consigning items to an auction house

Lessons learned from the case of Thwaytes v Sotheby’s. In 2006 Mr Thwaytes consigned a painting, the Cardsharps, to Sotheby’s for further investigation. Sotheby’s advised it was a good 17th Century copy of the original by Caravaggio and the painting was sold at auction for a hammer price of £42,000 …

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London gallery gives client fake work after mistakenly selling original

London-based gallery Envie d’Art have mistakenly sold a work that they were holding on behalf of a client, returning instead a “terrible copy” of the original. The client had originally asked the gallery to safeguard the work, which was valued at £5,000, during the renovation of his home. When, three years later, …

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All at sea – art auctions on cruise ships

There has been a spate of claims against auction houses selling artworks on cruise ships. Becky Shaw, from Boodle Hatfield, explains what to do if you suspect your holiday purchase is a forgery. In December last year it was reported that the Michigan Court of Appeal has allowed a claimant …

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Gérard Faggionato joins David Zwirner London

Gérard Faggionato of Owner and Director of Faggionato Ltd will join David Zwirner Galleries as a partner at the David Zwirner Gallery London. Faggionato will work alongside Angela Choon a senior partner at the gallery. With over 30 years of experience in the art industry, Faggionato will bring his expertise …

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Larry’s List publishes report on the international art collecting scene

Larry’s List, with the help of the University of Zurich, has published its first report on international art collecting, the Art Collector Report 2014. The Hong Kong-based company, founded in 2012 by Magnus Resch, has collected data on Contemporary art collectors, profiling more than 3,000 collectors from over 70 countries. Four …

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Winter Sale of the Wolf Collection at Artcurial Paris

This winter, Artcurial, the leading French auction house will be presenting the sale of the Liuba and Ernesto Wolf collection in ‘The Art of the Collection’. The sale will cover a wide variety of different art objects broken in to two sales at the start of December.  The collection has …

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Buying ancient art

Buying ancient art can be a tricky operation, particularly in terms of authenticity. We asked specialist in ancient art Rupert Wace from Rupert Wace Ancient Art about some of the risks when investing in ancient art. Complete beginners questions: I love the idea of owning ancient art – and there …

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Top tips for buying prints

Karen Demuth When it comes to starting a personal art collection on a budget, the limited edition fine art print market is a good place to begin, says Karen Demuth, Head of Graphics at Flowers Gallery, London. Collecting is an incredibly rewarding experience, but knowing what to invest in when …

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Vango enhances art-buying app

Vango, the award-winning app for buying and selling original art, has released an enhanced version of its platform that is designed to be sleeker and more attractive than its existing one. With functionality similar to popular music apps such as Beats and Spotify, Vango aims to help users find art …

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New art website charges no commission

Artplode, a new international art sales website, is taking on traditional auction houses by facilitating the sale of art with no commission charged. Artplode launches  with nearly £2million in artworks offered for sale by private collectors, dealers, galleries and artists in 30 countries. The site includes works by modern-day masters …

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