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Masterpiece London to expand internationally as MCH Group buys majority stake

Art, design and antiques fair becomes first cross-discipline event to become part of Art Basel parent company, with plans to expand to US, Asia and the Middle East

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Done deals: what's selling in Miami this week

Follow our tweets tagged #TANsalestally for a cross section of notable purchases from Art Basel in Miami Beach and the surrounding fairs

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P.P.O.W defies tough odds for mid-sized galleries

With the spotlight on issues of race and gender, one gallery that grew out of 1980s New York has again found its moment in the market

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Abu Dhabi Art censors work by Saudi Arabian artist

Abdulnasser Gharem’s painting about Sunni-Shia divide was removed from Brigitte Schenk's stand at organisers' request

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Object lessons: a Bellekin nautilus shell, an Achrome by Piero Manzoni and a seascape by Emil Nolde

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Three highlights from London's Old Master auctions

Rothschild's El Greco, a candlelit scene by Joseph Wright of Derby and an out of season crucifixion scene lead pre-Christmas sales

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What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?

Slick marketing produced stupendous sale price for Salvator Mundi, but it sparked revulsion as well as elation

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New online auction site connects collectors with art-school graduates

AucArt offers platform upon which its pick of British art-school graduates can sell directly to buyers

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Race relations in the spotlight at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Works that address civil rights and cultural politics are in abundance at the US fair

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Salvator Mundi may have changed the market for ever—but we have been through this before

Martin Gammon on the historical precedents of the $450m sale

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Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

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Street art dealer Steve Lazarides to open gallery in Mayfair with Wissam Al Mana

Following seven-figure investment from Qatari magnate, former Banksy agent plans to expand secondary market business with artists including Basquiat and Haring

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Spotlight on: London Art Week Winter

Inaugural December event brings city's Old Master dealers out from the shadows with exhibitions at more than 30 galleries

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Law

Art Basel reaches out of court settlement with Adidas

Sportswear company accepts it infringed trademark with trainers distributed during Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016

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Art exports

UK government still seeking Surrealist connoisseur mad about Dalí’s Mae West Lips sofa

Export bar placed on plush piece with asking price of more than £480,000

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Exhibitions

Kehinde Wiley unveils debut film in London

US artist's new work examines migration, madness and colonisation in contemporary America

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Going, going, gone? Men’s tight grip on the gavel starts to loosen

A growing number of women are appearing on the rostrum and taking senior auctioneer roles

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Object lessons: a double-spiral nail work by Günther Uecker from the collection of Helge Achenbach and other auction highlights

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Christie’s private jet tour prepares for take off

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Former Met director sparks Instagram spat over $450m Leonardo da Vinci

Thomas Campbell posted an image of the Salvator Mundi before conservation, triggering a row with its former co-owner Robert Simon and Christie’s Loic Gouzer

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Last painting by British Pop art co-founder Pauline Boty to be auctioned

BUM was created just before Boty died of cancer aged 28 in 1966

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Auctions

Painting looted from Hitler withdrawn from auction in Cologne

Franz von Stuck’s portrait of two girls was due to be sold at Van Ham

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Object lessons: late works by Maria Lassnig and Di Cavalcanti and a creative chair by Roy Lichtenstein

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Art Düsseldorf wins over the Rhineland’s collectors

Local rivalry between Düsseldorf and Cologne was put to bed as the inaugural fair opened

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye painting sells for $1.6m, breaking record for an Australian female artist

Aboriginal work, Earth’s Creation I, was shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale

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Phillips and Sotheby's deliver healthy totals for contemporary art

Capping an epic week of auctions, solid results featuring records for female artists and a Ferrari bode well for market's future—so long as it doesn't overheat

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Egon Schiele drawings in private hands for 85 years surface on the market

Dorotheum sale piques interest, pre-empting centenary of the artist’s death next year

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Analysis: Christie's postwar and contemporary auction nets $785.9m, with a big assist from an Old Master

Despite buy-ins, the sale saw several strong prices and records below the dizzy height of $450.3m for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi sells for $450m at Christie's New York

Price makes it the most expensive painting of all time

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Can any fair kickstart the Berlin art market?

In a city of artists but few collectors, an overhauled fair hopes to drum up trade against competition from established Art Cologne and a new Düsseldorf event

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Solid $269.7m at Sotheby's maintains momentum in Impressionist and Modern market

New York sale results boosted by strong Asian and Russian buying, and shored up by guarantees

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Quality as well as quantity in short supply at Sotheby's sale of American art

Where a museum's Rockwells had sparked interest in a flagging category, the removal of key lots from the sale dampened spirits

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo marketed as a rock star ahead of Salvator Mundi sale

Painting is being presented by Christie’s as the “Holy Grail of Old Master paintings”

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Christie's releases condition report on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Pre-auction assessment offers more evidence that painting is original Leonardo but also reveals problems posed by painting’s wooden panel

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From £45 to $100m: Leonardo heads to New York

Salvator Mundi will break Old Master auction record as seller dispute rumbles on

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Looted art

Painting looted from Hitler to be auctioned in Cologne

Van Ham to offer Franz von Stuck portrait in 17 November sale

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World's largest collection of manuscripts from bankrupt firm Aristophil to be sold in Paris

Auctioneer Claude Aguttes will sell the collection of historic books and manuscripts across 300 sales over at least six years as part of liquidation

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Christie’s $479.3m Impressionist and Modern sale hits highest total since 2007

Pent-up demand for top material kicks off New York's key auction week, with a $81.3m Van Gogh and records for Léger, Magritte, Man Ray and Vuillard

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Surfacing on the market: macabre mourning jewellery and a bronze cast by Camille Claudel

Our pick of this month's most interesting auctions

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei to auction cat toy sculpture for Syrian children

Proceeds from Berlin sale, which also includes works by Rosemarie Trockel and Tomás Saraceno, will benefit Kayany Foundation

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David Zwirner nabs representation of Rose Wylie

The octogenarian artist is in ascendance, with a solo show opening at the Serpentine later this month

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Optimism abounds heading into November auctions in New York

Discretionary sellers gain confidence in the market and Christie's leads its contemporary sale with Da Vinci—but recent overreaches sound a cautionary note

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Massachusetts Appeals Court grants injunction to block Berkshire Museum sale

The successful Hail Mary pass came just before deaccessioned works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, were due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Monday

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Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode three: how the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance

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Object lessons: a painting from Max Ernst's Arizona period, a Kurt Schwitters Merz collage, and a Cubistic still life by Jean Metzinger

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Art fairs

In the afterglow of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening, Abu Dhabi Art moves up a notch

Some dealers at the fair report brisk early business but say big sales are a waiting game

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International players vie for a slice of Shanghai

Art021 and West Bund Art & Design fairs open as galleries, fairs and museums move in on city's fast-growing art scene

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Benjamin Genocchio removed as director of Armory Show after reports of harassment

The New York Times reports that multiple women who worked with him said he made sexual comments and touched them inappropriately

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Video: Abu Dhabi Art opens as the world watches

Is the UAE now the art capital of the Middle East?

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Cutting-edge design meets antiques at New York’s Salon

The Salon Art + Design fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory for its sixth year this month

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Also Known As Africa expands horizons in Paris

Second edition of the contemporary art fair mirrors growing global attention on art from Africa, both commercially and institutionally

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Ultra-rich will spend $2.7 trillion on art by 2026 says Deloitte

Art & Finance Report also predicts rising art market volatility and a need for tougher regulation to increase trust

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Paris Photo expands into film and celebrates Karl Lagerfeld

The Chanel fashion designer has picked 100 pictures to present at the fair, revealing his affinity for black-and-white photography

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Paris photo auctions focus on single-owner sales

Led by a major Man Ray, auctions at Christie's, Sotheby's and Leclere play to sophisticated collectors in town for the Paris Photo fair

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Fine Arts Paris injects Old Masters into Paris Photo week

The new fair from the organisers of the Salon du Dessin mixes paintings, sculpture and drawings from the Renaissance to the contemporary

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Tax

Will the US tax proposal sell out art buyers?

A proposed revision to the tax code could subject sellers to capital gains tax on art and slow the market

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Abu Dhabi Art set to benefit from Louvre opening

This year’s fair has 13 new exhibitors and is hoping for more international visitors

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Private View: Peter Darach, Richard Diebenkorn and Lotte Laserstein

Noteworthy exhibitions at commercial galleries, from emerging names to forgotten talents

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David Tunick elected president of the International Fine Print Dealers Association

The New York dealer pledges to battle the perception of prints as "poor second cousins" to paintings

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Amanda Wilkinson to open new gallery in Soho

London art dealer parted ways with Anthony Wilkinson after 20 years this summer

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Julia Peyton-Jones returns to the birth of Modern sculpture for first Ropac show

Former Serpentine director has co-organised an exhibition on Italian artist Medardo Rosso

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Asian Art in London celebrates two decades with Six Dynasties

Exhibition of US TV agent Norman Kurland's collection of ancient Chinese art is a highlight of 20th anniversary event

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Back to the future: Artissima to champion 80s art and new talent

New director Ilaria Bonacossa introduces a drawings section and plans to return Turin fair to its experimental roots

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Collectors tackle rise in fake Modern Middle Eastern art

Dalloul Art Foundation investigates authenticity of some Middle Eastern works before museum opening

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Commercial galleries

Shanghai dealer Leo Xu to co-direct David Zwirner’s Hong Kong gallery

Xu is closing his project space and will work alongside former Christie’s head Jennifer Yum

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a futuristic furniture find, a late Bernard Buffet, and a window on 19th century Goa

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions and fairs

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Art in healthcare design leads talks programme at London’s Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

A stalwart of the London traditional art and antiques scene, the fair opens today, marking the shift from autumn to winter

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Vorticist

Sotheby’s expect First World War painting by Nevinson to make £1m

Last sold 50 years ago, A Dawn depicts French troops marching to trenches through Flanders in 1914

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Tefaf New York Fall's second edition opens with oysters and pearls

The Maastricht-based fair imports dealers in historic objects, from antiquities to jewellery, to an under-served US market

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a medieval Flemish altarpiece, a luck-themed cabinet, and a rare cast of an Antonio Canova sculpture

Hundreds of years of historic works are on offer at Tefaf New York's fall edition, including these picks from the fair

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Illuminated manuscripts

Francois I’s Book of Hours has left Britain as Louvre starts to raise £8m to buy it

Renaissance manuscript with gold binding is being sold by London jeweller

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What to see at New York's International Fine Print Dealers Association fair

The event, which opens today at a new venue, shows artists stretching the boundaries of the medium with three dimensions and digital manipulation

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Swiss freeport king Yves Bouvier sells art storage company Natural Le Coultre

French shipping firm André Chenue beat American competitors to buy the 150-year-old business, as Bouvier continues to fight legal case against Dimitry Rybolovlev

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Court orders release of Mugrabi family’s art being held 'hostage' by storage firm

Mana Contemporary must deliver five works in exchange for $1m—or turn over the entire collection within 24 hours

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British art dealer Timothy Sammons denied bail by New York judge

The former Sotheby’s specialist was extradited to the US to face charges of art theft and fraud

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Art fairs

Tefaf Maastricht announces second preview day for 2018 and 16 new exhibitors

Responding to complaints that the preview day has become overcrowded, the fair in 2018 will hold two invitation only opening days

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Crozier Fine Arts adds West Coast storage facility

The acquisition of Fine Art Shipping in Los Angeles provides a gateway to California and Asia

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Auctioneers look to fashion world to increase online sales

Houses beef up digital teams by hiring from the fashion industry in a bid for new revenue streams

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The irresistible rise of Light and Space

Once overlooked as regional artists, West Coast pioneers have emerged from the shadows since the first edition of Pacific Standard Time in 2011

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Looted art

Islamic State's looting of antiquities is rising but hard facts remain scarce

Experts question the reported size of illicit trade, particularly as the number of fake artefacts increases

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Artsy and the rise of the matchmaker market

In the bricks-versus-clicks shakeout, the new power players are harvesting supply and demand data

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Fast sales at 44th edition of Fiac as galleries target European buyers

High-profile fair welcomes 41 “newcomers” and starry clientele including Brigitte Macron

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Fiac welcomes design back to the fold

Fair celebrates art-design crossovers in public installations

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Galerie Templon due to open a second Paris space in 2018

Decision to expand in French capital supported by healthy local market and change in political climate

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SJ Phillips: downsizing but “not closing down”

Long established London jewellers will hold sale at Sotheby’s following move to smaller premises, but director insists it is “business as usual”

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Tracey Emin, Carl Freedman and Jonathan Viner establish Margate 'arts district'

The artist is setting up a sculpture studio, while the London dealers are opening second galleries in the same former printing warehouse

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Newhouse family hires Tobias Meyer to advise on Modern art collection’s future

The involvement of the former Sotheby’s auctioneer turned private dealer and advisor hints at bigger plans

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Object lessons: unseen photographs of the Romanovs, an early Ken Price ceramic work, and Sadie Coles's own Neo Rauch painting

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art crime

US returns 95 works from money laundering banker’s collection to Brazil

The works were smuggled out of the country by Edemar Cid Ferreira and have been gradually repossessed over the past decade

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Exhibitions

Alfredo Jaar condemns “brutal” CIA torture chambers

Artist unveils his “black site” installation in Yorkshire as Guardian article reveals the suffering of prisoners shackled in dungeons in Afghanistan and Thailand

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Mexico’s galleries pull together after earthquake

The city’s art dealers are sharing their spaces and helping rebuild the cultural economy

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Auctions

Christie's to sell Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

The painting, presumed lost until 2005, is estimated at $100m

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Hauser & Wirth’s Bronze Age 'museum' to travel to Colchester

Fictional museum booth will be re-staged at Firstsite gallery after drawing crowds at Frieze, where the gift shop raised £10,000 for UK regional museums

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Record breaking Chinese brush washer points to demand for Song ceramics in Hong Kong

At HK$294.3m, the Ru ware piece set a record for a Chinese ceramic at Sotheby's during Hong Kong's busy autumn auction and fair series

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Christie’s ends London contemporary auctions on a high note—despite Bacon flop

Market’s appetite shows no signs of flagging for fresh works that are correctly priced

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UK could completely ban ivory trade by 2018

The government has launched an immediately consultation period with the aim of protecting African elephants

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Subdued Sotheby’s sale, despite record for Josef Albers

Contemporary auction followed a lacklustre Italian sale, prompting calls for the latter to be shelved

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Artists cut out the middleman at the Accessible Art Fair

The 11th edition of the Brussels event is a part of a growing trend for fairs where artists exhibit their own work

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Frieze 2017

The great British booth-off

Showstopping stands are fast becoming a trend among London gallerists at Frieze art fair, each one recreating a different world

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Object lessons: a life-sized drawing by Charles White, a painting by Turner Prize nominee Hurvin Anderson and an early Bauhaus work by Xanti Schawinsky

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions