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Dealer who thinks outside the box

Andrew Sim favours artists and images that have slipped through the system. Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming 20/21 British Art Fair he talks to Frances Allitt about chasing the unknown

Andrew Sim

Trawling through auction houses (the lower profile the better) for hidden gems of British art, researching them exhaustively and telling their stories to potential buyers: this is how Andrew Sim sums up his work.

While talking to ATG, Sim expresses himself in a smiling but firm way. “If I discover an unknown picture of George Eliot in a provincial auction I deserve to be rewarded for it,” he says, referring to a c.1845 chalk pastel he found recently.

Sim turns a profit on such pieces by adding value through research, drawing out the narrative behind the work and, often, attaching a name to items before selling them on.

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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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