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Art as trendy, every other piece highly valued (5)

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I believe the answer is:

rated

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Here is my best explanation:

'highly valued' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'art as trendy every other piece' is the wordplay.
'every other piece' indicates alternate letters.
'art'+'as'+'trendy'='artastrendy'
The alternate letters of 'artastrendy' are 'RATED'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for rated that I've seen before include "Assessed; merited", "Graded by trade", "Adjudged", "Scolded, estimated", "Had a high opinion of", "Stormed", "Considered", "Trade (anag.)", "Reckoned" and "Assessed, valued".)

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