A teapot attributed to the American John Bartlam factory has exceeded all estimates, selling for £460,000. The maker, based in Cain Hoy, South Carolina, circa 1760’s, is thought to be the first American factory to produce porcelain.

 

The teapot was published with an
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Sotheby's has bought technology startup Thread Genius. The company has built an algorithm that can recognise images and then recommend similar images. This is a bold move for Sotheby's who are no strangers to the tech world, having previously worked with eBay and being...

A large fragment of the flag from the HMS Victory was sold at Sotheby's for £297,000, sparking interest and competition from four bidders.

 Image: Sotheby's

The exceptionally large fragment of the flag was flown by order of Lord Horatio Nelson. It was raised on the day o...

‘Eventually all these objects which have brought so much pleasure to Peggy and me will go out into the world and will again be available to other caretakers who, hopefully, will derive the same satisfaction and joy from them as we have over these past several decades.’
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The gold medal bears the bust of the duke on one side and a naked Apollo leaning on his bow and pointing to a dragon wounded by his arrow on the other. Image: Baldwin's of St James's

Only around 50 medals of this type are thought to have been struck. It is expected to m...

The government has had an enormous response to its proposed ban on the trade of ivory. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs received over 60,000 responses during its consultation period, one of the largest responses the department has ever received....

One of the first English gold coins will be auctioned by Heritage Auctions. It is expected to make around half a million pounds. 

The coin shows the name of the goldsmith, William of Gloucester. Image: Heritage Auctions. 

This example of the coin was struck using too muc...

 Qi Baishi's Twelve Landscape Screens, 1925. Image courtesy of Poly Beijing.

A set of twelve of Chinese artist Qi Baishi's ink-brush panels sold for $140.8 million (£105 million) at Beijing Poly International Auction on Sunday. The identity of the buyer has not yet...

The arguments both for and against a total ban on the trade of ivory in the UK were heard at the House of Commons as the end of the government's consultation period looms.

LAPADA chairman Lord De Mauley

The argument against the ban was opened by Lord Carrington of Fulham...

A full mammoth skeleton sold at an auction in France for €430,000 (£380,530). The skeleton measures 5.3 metres from tusk to tail. It is thought to date from the Pleistocene era, meaning it would have existed alongside sabre toothed cats, giant sloths and mastodons. It...

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