Fabergé plans a return to London

Faberge, famous for its jewel-encrusted eggs and connections with the Russian tsars, is set to return to London after a 94-year break. Pallinghurst Resources, which bought Fabergé in 2007, is searching for a flagship store. Fabergé board member Sean Gilbertson said: "The last Fabergé store outside Russia, at 173 Bond Street, closed in 1917. All the money in the world passes through London so we thought it would be appropriate to be there."

Vase owners fly to China to chase £53m buyer

The seller of a Qing vase auctioned for £53m last year has flown to China in a final attempt to persuade the bidder to pay up.

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Culture clash, murder mystery, portrait of a place, meditation on the sands of time: Tremain's latest novel packs several genres into its disputed patch of French rural ground. In the lovely, doom-laden hills of the Cévennes, faded London antiques dealer Anthony, lover of handsome furniture and youths, seeks a quaint mas to act as his final rampart of beauty against age.

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The A-listers' antique shop and the fakes made from wardrobes

Belgravia dealer who sells six-figure works to the stars linked to expert copier

Ian McShane: 'I don't even like antiques'

To British audiences, he'll always be Lovejoy. But for a decade, Ian McShane has been plundering the best roles in US film and TV. Just what is driving this former hellraiser?

Forget antiques, start collecting old fruit and veg

Traditional varieties of produce are becoming so valuable that Sotheby's is to auction them

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Antiques dealer jailed over stolen Shakespeare folio

An antiques dealer who planned to sell a stolen copy of a rare first collection of Shakespeare's plays was jailed for eight years yesterday.

Couple sell Chinese vases for £500,000

A pair of vases left on a bedroom shelf have transformed a couple's retirement after selling for almost £500,000 at auction in Dorchester.

The hero, his widow, and a row over his George Cross

An Indian soldier's medal being auctioned in Britain has been withdrawn from sale after his widow claimed the award for gallantry was stolen

Man charged with 2004 murder of retired colonel

A former gamekeeper has been charged with murder six years after a retired colonel was shot dead with a shotgun as he answered his front door.

BBC accused of putting antiques before ambition

Shows about antiques and curios have become so commonplace on BBC television that they are making rare artifacts of the few programmes of genuine originality and ambition that remain in the daytime schedule.

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