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A lost painting by artist L.S Lowry has sold at auction for £2.65 million. The painting, which sold at a Christie’s Auction on Tuesday, had been lost after Lowry gave the artwork to medical researcher Leonard D Hamilton 70 years ago. Art experts only came to know of its existence after Hamilton’s death. See Also: Teenage Mozart Painting Rockets Past Estimated Price at Christie’s Auction  Hamilton took the painting with him when he moved to...

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Is fine wine best enjoyed in a glass, or stored away as an investment? Arts & Collections asks Peter Shakeshaft of wine investment advisors Vin-X for a taste of his insider knowledge.  In these days of economic and political upheaval, it would be good to know of a reliable investment available to anyone with a little specialist knowledge. But does fine wine qualify? We asked Peter Shakeshaft, Founder and Chairman of Vin-X Limited for some...

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Leather is the most natural and durable material – and one of Man’s earliest luxuries. But how does the tradition of fine leather work fit into the modern market?  The tradition of leatherworking appears to date back to the Stone Age, with Palaeolithic cave paintings depicting people wearing leather clothing and shoes and even building shelters out of animal hide. It was then adopted by the Greeks and the Romans, making leather one of the...

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A photographic exhibition in Huddersfield reveals the secrets behind the curtain as actors get ready for the spotlight  For the last 35 years, London-based photographer Simon Annand has been capturing the honest moments and serene contemplation of actors during the half an hour before a theatre performance.  Now the latest incarnation of his long-running exhibition, The Half, held in the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, showcases some of the most thought-provoking photographs of famous names...

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Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh may be the last chance to see Tutankhamen’s cultural hoard in the UK. Arts & Collections visited the Saatchi Gallery exhibition to see what may become the most popular exhibition of the decade  Almost a century ago in November of 1922, during his last funded dig in the Valley of the Kings, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon broke into a tomb.  Carnarvon asked if Carter could see anything....

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As one of London’s most iconic hotels, the Café Royal is perhaps the most famous landmark of the capital’s social scene. Founded in 1863 by a French wine merchant, the hotel has been established as a five star cultural icon for over a century. Now it has enjoyed an artistic makeover from art advisors, Atelier 27. Classic Yet Modern Atelier 27’s styling aims to pay tribute to the exceptional identity of the hotel and continue...

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One of the most recognisable superhero costumes of all time has sold for $193,750 at Julien’s Auctions. This Superman cape was worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film, Superman. The cape sold at this record breaking amount for a movie superhero cape at the Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction in Los Angeles on the 16th December. This was only the second appearance the cape has made at an auction after 40 years. See Also:...

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We expect certain artists to sell for millions at auction, but would we ever have thought that a vandal would become one of the biggest names in contemporary art?  The pseudonymous artist known as Banksy has disrupted the art market yet again, with the recent sale at Sotheby’s of the painting Devolved Parliament (which depicts MPs as chimps in the House of Commons) for £9.9 million, five times its estimate.  It was a world record...

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The fire at Notre-Dame de Paris sparked concern throughout the world as one of the most historic landmarks in Europe went up in flames. But how much is truly lost and what precious artefacts were saved by careful planning? On April 15th 2019, one of the most devasting fires ever to be seen at a heritage site broke out at Paris’ beloved Notre-Dame cathedral. The 850-year-old gothic masterpiece is both an inspiration to artists worldwide and...

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The Augustus Brandt Gallery in Petworth is hosting a Silversmiths exhibition called Living Silver: Contemporary Silver for the Home, dedicated to showcasing the technically skilled work of British silversmiths in partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS). This exhibition will pay homage to Britain’s lead in the field of contemporary silversmithing, both design and manufacture. The exhibition also aims to show how homes, both contemporary and traditional in design, can be enhanced by a piece of...

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