KINGS AND COLLECTIONS

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Two exhibitions taking place in London this year offer a fascinating insight into the artistic legacies of King Charles I and his son, Charles II, the 17th century monarchs who greatly enriched the Royal Collection, establishing what is now ranked amongst the largest and most important in the world.
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ART MARKET SNAPSHOT – THE MASTERPIECE MARKET IN 2017

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There is no doubt that the art market in 2017 will long be remembered for a single transaction; the sale of the ‘Salvador Mundi’ presented by Christie’s as ‘the last da Vinci’ remaining in private hands. It sold at the Post-War and Contemporary Evening sale in November for a staggering $450 million – almost tripling the previous record price for a work of art sold at auction.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF FRIEZE WEEK 2017

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So… Frieze Week 2017 is upon us, and as the busiest art week of the year in London, with fairs, auctions and numerous gallery openings, not to mention some unmissable museum shows, it can seem more than a little overwhelming. Here are a few of our recommended highlights to help you make the most of your time if you’re visiting London. And do feel free to get in touch if you’d like more insights or information about the week.
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AUTUMN EXHIBITIONS NOT TO BE MISSED

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When the back-to-school feeling hits in September and the holidays are over, it’s easy to feel a little low.  Fear not: below we give details on some standout shows to look forward to this autumn. From Picasso to Munch and Michelangelo to Jasper Johns, they are sure to brighten anyone’s mood:

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OLD MASTER DRAWINGS HIT THE HEADLINES

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Who knew that Old Masters drawings would be the talk of the season? While two blockbuster exhibitions in the UK are currently focusing on the genre, to great critical acclaim, the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has just announced the acquisition of 16 Old Master drawings in its largest-ever purchase by value (reportedly more than $100 million).
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THE ENDURING ALLURE OF THE COTE D’AZUR

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Throughout the centuries many artists have been inspired by the South of France; the light, the sea and the magnificent views. It remains a popular holiday destination; a few of us at Gurr Johns are heading there for the summer holidays, which got us talking about our favourite places to retrace the footsteps of the modern masters and enjoy the regions artistic gems.  Here are a few of our top tips:
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