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Antiques Roadshow: Painting STOLEN after featuring on BBC show caught in legal battle ANTIQUES ROADSHOW viewers who have turned into the show for years with excellent memory may remember the programme featuring a portrait of Mary Emma Jones by Emma Sandys back in 1988.

Silvers model circus to top sale A unique, small-scale piece of circus history looks set to fly when it comes up for sale in London next month. Silvers Model Circus was created by David Hardie and his family over a period of nearly 70 years.

Steve Fossett collection heads to auction Oct. 30-31 CHICAGO - Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has announced the sale of property from the estate of Steve Fossett and Peggy Fossett. This landmark collection will be sold at auction Oct. 30-31, and will be on view in Chicago from Oct. 26-29. Steve Fossett was a record-setting adventurer and explorer.

Asian art in Cotswolds saleroom An array of rare Asian Art pieces - ranging from art and jewellery, to silver - will go under the hammer next month in the Cotswolds next month.

How to maximize the return on your collectibles investment The same rule can be applied to collectibles: You can be a collector or an investor, but not both; i.e., you can hold an item for the long-term, or you can sell it when the investment return meets your criteria and then re-invest the profit in another item.

WIN: Tickets to Art and Antiques For Everyone Winter Fair in Birmingham Teaming up with Art and Antiques For Everyone Winter Fair, Express and Star Entertainment is offering readers the chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to the Birmingham NEC event on a date of their choosing from Thursday, November 15, to Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Good times for Thomas Tompion clock at Hansons A 300-year-old timepiece made by the 'Father of English clockmaking', Thomas Tompion, has sold for thousands of pounds at a recent auction. The clock, made in circa 1690, soared to a hammer of £200,000 when it was sold at Hansons Auctioneers' Fine Art auction at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire.

Antiques Column: Modern and timeless patterns… By the late 1930s Susie Cooper was producing up to 200 new designs a year, featuring banding, polka dots and stylised flowers. Patterns that were both modern and timeless such as "Patricia Rose" and "Endon" were the key to her success, appealing to a far wider audience than the work of many of her contemporaries.

Expert Guide to Investing in Art Investing in art can be a profitable exercise, says expert Olyvia Kwok. Her involvement with the world of art investment began as a 22-year-old, with the purchase of a Chinese scroll painting for $33,000, which she later sold for $220,000. She opened her first Olyvia Kwok gallery in London in 2005.

Grima jewellery sparkles in Birmingham saleroom A collection of Grima jewellery from the 1970s sold in a recent Birmingham jewellery sale for a sparkling £18,000 earlier this month. Andrew Grima was a renowned jeweller who created many historic designs in the sixties.

Star of TV antiques show becomes latest victim of serial offender 'Pyjama boy' Vincent Smith Notorious Gloucestershire criminal sentenced after burgling home of Dickinson's Real Deal star Alison Chapman.

Antiques & Collectibles Sales at Historic Hanna's Town in Hempfield a collectors' haven Tastes in antiques have changed over the years, but there's one mainstay - having the same spot at Historic Hanna's Town's monthly sale. For years, Bill Lightcap has set up his tables near the exit hawking his paper goods, ranging from catalogs to old books and signs.

Blowing the dust off the antiques trade Morgan-Cox had been a director at the Fine Art Society, and Vernon had worked as an interior designer and art buyer before raising the funds to open their two-storey space full of textiles, books, art, ceramics, furniture, tableware and contemporary design.

Go on Antiques Roadshow at your peril, says art theft expert A story that began with the jaunty tune of the Antiques Roadshow 30 years ago has ended in discord at Christie's after a pre-Raphaelite painting that once appeared on the programme was revealed to have been stolen shortly afterwards.

Lalique belt buckle in Yorkshire sale An unusual René Lalique belt buckle looks set to generate interest when it goes under the hammer in North Yorkshire next month.

Rare Chinese art collection in Bonhams sale A rare collection of early Chinese art will be offered for sale at Bonhams next month, when the renowned collection of French businessman and philanthropist, Jean-Yves Ollivier, goes under the hammer. The sale has a combined upper estimate of £4m.

Magic of Harry Potter memorabilia in Surrey sale Harry Potter memorabilia cast some magic over a Surrey saleroom recently, alongside posters and collectables from other film franchises.

Christie's going for gold Sotheby's is to stage an inaugural auction dedicated to gold - the singular metal that has seduced, obsessed and intoxicated mankind for millennia. The sale, entitled The Midas Touch will encompass works from the great civilisations of the world, sacred objects, contemporary art and centuries-old text.

Where does design inspiration come from? - The Antiques Diva Everything we see and feel and do, influence who we are and our design aesthetic. Louis 16th furniture makers were heavily influenced by Pompeii, just as I was heavily influenced by Louis 15 and 16th when designing my furniture collection - The Antiques Diva Collection for Aidan Gray, which debuts this week at High Point Market.

Banksy stunt 'cynical and damaging' says top dealer Following the ongoing furore surrounding secretive street artist Banksy's prank at Sotheby's in London, in which his famous Girl With Balloon was shredded immediately after being sold for a record £1m, a renowned art dealer has branded the stunt "cynical, damaging and highly suspicious.

Free website matches sellers to UK antiques and collectables trade WhereToSell.co.uk, a new website designed to navigate the complex world of antiques and collectables is today enabling specialist auction houses and buyers to connect with their most wanted consignors for free. The antiques trade itself has increasingly gone online in recent years with the rise of online marketplaces.

Stalin death mask dictates Suffolk sale An unusual death mask of the late Russian dictator Joseph Stalin commanded a high price at Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales when it sold for a hammer price of £11,000 in their recent Fine Sale. The mask sold to an anonymous bidder over the internet.

Culture: A glass act featuring Antiques Roadshow's Andy McConnell Barbara Eeles talks to Antiques Roadshow's Andy McConnell about the career that saw him go from local reporter to TV expert.

Danielle Steel, Denise Hale Shop San Francisco Art & Antiques Show Paris resident Danielle Steel, in town for her daughter Zara's birthday, checked out the fine jewelry at Kentshire. "I love this show but I'm not really buying antiques at the moment," said Steele, dressed in a Dior patchwork coat.

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