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Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is a leading dealership in the rare and antique books market. With a stock of fine books from 15th to 20th-century literature, the firm has sourced an array of outstanding items including one of 100 copies of James Joyce’s Ulysses on Dutch paper and Shakespeare’s first folio (1623). Pom Harrington, who joined the firm in 1994, now runs operations from the company’s flagship store in Fulham Road, Chelsea. In an...

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On the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, Peter Harrington is offering a rare collection of Brontë sister books for sale. Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, is marking the momentous occasion by offering a first American edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, alongside an exceedingly rare collection of poems published by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë and library sets of the sisters’ novels. First published in 1847, Wuthering Heights shocked readers at...

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In an Arts & Collections exclusive, Eleesa Dadiani—owner of Dadiani Syndicate and founder of Dadiani Fine Art—reveals her cryptocurrency journey and how she is democratising fine art on the blockchain with Maecenas. An auction for the people Self-styled early adopter and inherent maverick Eleesa Dadiani—aka the ‘Queen of Crypto’—is helping to reshape a centuries-old institution. Her multi-dimensional company, Dadiani Syndicate, is partnering with blockchain platform Maecenas to stage one of the world’s first blue-chip art cryptocurrency...

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Items from the heavy metal music icon and Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio will hit the auction block at the Hard Rock Café, New York, this autumn. World record-breaking auction house Julien’s Auctions will host the sale, which runs from 14 – 15 September and aims to pay tribute to one of the most influential figures of the heavy metal genre. The property on offer, which includes guitars, stage props and outfits, comes directly...

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Property from 60s style icon and Valley of the Dolls star Sharon Tate will head to the auction block in Los Angeles this autumn. The items on offer include Tate’s ivory silk moiré mini wedding dress worn at her London wedding, which is estimated to fetch between $25,000-$50,000. The sale, which will be held by world record-breaking auction house Julien’s Auctions on 17 November, aims to celebrate the beauty and style of one of Hollywood’s...

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An original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood fetched £430,000 at Sotheby’s London yesterday (10 July 2018). Unseen for half a century, the original 1926 copy of the map by E. H. Shepard—who drew all the original Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations—has set a new record for any book illustration at auction. One of the most famous and loved settings in English literature, The Hundred Acre Wood has sparked the imaginations of countless children over the last century....

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The art world is turning its attention towards cryptocurrency. Art and cryptocurrency, it seems, could be kindred spirits—artists and collectors alike are beginning to see the synergy between the two. Once iconoclastic and inaccessible, cryptos are fast earning a reputation as a viable way to buy and sell art. The ‘first ever’ blockchain auction held at Dadiani Fine Art—where a multi-million pound Andy Warhol will be partially sold for cryptocurrency—demonstrates the shifting tides. In a nod towards its...

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Central New York gallery Joan B Mirviss LTD will hold four exhibitions over the coming year to highlight the work of four monumental ceramicists and Japanese sculpture. The first of the four exhibitions—which aim to celebrate the art, impact and legacy of the Japanese artists—will feature Koike Shōko (born 1943). Shifting Rhythms: The Sculpted Moments of Koike Shōko, which is the gifted artist’s third solo exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD, will take place from...

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J.M.W Turner’s The Lake of Lucerne from Brunnen (c. 1840s)—one of the finest watercolours by the artist left in private hands—was sold for £2 million by Sotheby’s today (4 July). The stunning Swiss landscape, painted by Britain’s favourite artist, fetched among the highest prices paid for a watercolour by the artist. It was sold in the Old Master & British Works on Paper sale, whose proceeds totalled more than £5.5 million. Created in the final...

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Superimposition, a joint exhibition from four leading contemporary British artists, opened its doors on 15 June at the Partners & Mucciaccia London gallery. Paul Morrison, Barry Reigate, Michael Stubbs and Mark Titchner aim to evoke through their oeuvre the rich tradition of painting in Britain and beyond. Aiming to demonstrate the medium of painting is alive and well in the 21st century, their show takes its title from the concept of superimposition. ‘These four artists...

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