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October Dubai sale moves to London

Christie’s is to move its autumn Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale from Dubai to London. The sale will be held on the evening of October 25 as part of Christie’s Middle Eastern Week.

Christie’s says it remains committed to the region where it first held sales in 2006, and auctions in the category will still be staged in Dubai in March.

US chain fined $3m over smuggling

A high-street chain in the US has been fined $3m in connection with the purchase and importing of a large number of ancient Iraqi artefacts.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby agreed to purchase more than 5500 items, including cuneiform tablets, clay bullae and cylinder seals, which had originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and were smuggled into the US through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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