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TAKE A NOTE MISS JONES

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Masterpiece London will take place a week later than usual in 2016, running from June 29th to July 6th . The latest change in the capital's ever-shifting summer fairs calendar means Masterpiece will coincide with both London Art Week and the major Old Master sales series, while also overlapping with the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair's shortened run from June 27-July 3. However, Haughton International Fairs' Art Antiques London event, whose 2016 dates were moved later in order to coincide with other fairs, will remain out in front, running from June 24-30. Nazy Vassegh, chie...
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COINING IT IN AT AUCTION

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The second of five planned auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of Masterpieces of United States Coinage realized $26,120,838 on Sept. 30 in New York City. Four coins topped the $1 million marker. When combined with the first sale on May 19, the total for the first two Pogue sales now exceeds $50 million. (A Rarities Auction held after Pogue II on Oct. 1 realized nearly $3 million.) At Pogue II, the first 40 of the 105 lots offered were Capped Bust half dollars. Here is another that was a standout. One of the prettiest Capped Bust h...
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ANTIQUES PORTAL

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The biggest umbrella website www.sellingantiques.co.uk encompasses all that is termed antique in glass watches, china and furniture. The dealer has to make a formal declaration of what he believes to be the date of the items for sale. There are 120,000 pieces on the site.
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CLOCK GET GOOGLEISED !

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Prague's astronomical clock, the oldest working clock of its kind in the world, has turned 605 years old, and Google has marked the occasion with a Google Doodle. The ornate clock, known as the Orloj, is one of Prague's most recognised touristic spectacles, and is located in the Old Town Square in the centre of the city. Its hourly shows draw curious visitors from all over the world, where 12 apostles emerge from two windows to nod at the crowds below. Other allegorical figures include Death, as a skeleton holding an hourglass, a miser with a purse of coins, a Turk shaking his head and Vani...
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GET AHEAD OF THE PACK !

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Get ahead of the pack as a decade now Victorian and Edwardian brown wooden furniture without exceptional provenance of design, manufacture, or ownership has been hugely unfashionable, with the result that prices have dropped to rock-bottom. The winds of change are, however, in the air, as punters slowly wake up to the fact that there are ridiculously good bargains to be had, especially on pieces without a well-known maker, but displaying the same high standards of craftsmanship associated with the latter: the early Victorian tilt-top breakfast table shown here would cost five, six, or seven...
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ABE IS BEING RESTORED

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Most presidential portraits emphasize health and vigour, showcasing a president at his most powerful. A very different kind of portrait — the only known image of Abraham Lincoln's assassination painted by an eyewitness — is now being restored by conservators, reports Michael E. Ruane for The Washington Post. The oil painting, which Ruane describes as encrusted in "decades of old paint, dirt and varnish," has been held by the National Park Service since 1978. Entitled "Lincoln Borne By Loving Hands," the painting was produced by Carl Bersch, a German immigrant...
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ANTIQUES DEALER ACCUSED

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Authorities said that they had rounded up four people who illegally excavated two ancient burial sites in Gyeongsan, North Gyeongsang. According to the Gyeongsan Police Precinct, those arrested include a 65-year-old antique dealer surnamed Park, who is alleged to have stolen artifacts from the two graves. They are questioning three others employed by Park for the project. “We suspect that they began digging near the burial sites in January last year to make a hole large enough for a man to crawl in,” said a police officer. “They dug the hole gradually at night over two mon...
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IS ELVIS'S PIANO YOUR FORTE ?

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Elvis Presley's gold-leaf grand piano is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars at a November auction that will also feature a Beatles logo drum skin used by the British group in their first performances in the United States. Julien's Auctions said on Monday that Presley played the piano at his Graceland mansion. He bought it in 1955 as a gift for his mother. After she died, Presley's wife Priscilla decided to adorn its original walnut finish with 24 karat gold-leaf as a gift for the couple's first wedding anniversary in 1968. The piano has been on display at the Country Music H...
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NO SATNAV REQUIRED

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To be found at Cambridge University Library this is the earliest known complete map of Cambridge. The map can occasionally be found bound into a book by John Caius, De antiquitate Cantebrigiensis Academiæ, in which he was attempting to argue that Cambridge was an older University than Oxford. Richard Lyne’s map has the distinction of being the earliest depiction of a town known to have been engraved on copper by an Englishman. Drawn in the form of a bird’s-eye view, the map concentrates on the central area where the college buildings dominate, though the representations ar...
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PETROLHEADS ALERT !!

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In the world of petroliana and automobilia, Kyle D. Moore's name carries a kind of mystique, his vast collection of vintage gasoline signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes, petroleum ads and other artefacts painstakingly amassed over 40 years and widely regarded as the best of its kind. Most collectors assumed it would wind up in a museum. Instead, it's coming up for auction next week in Pennsylvania, generating enormous buzz within the hobby and predictions of a possible feeding frenzy as deep-pocketed collectors vie for the rarest, most highly sought-after items, including a 90-year-old por...

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