Mixed results for London Imps and Mods series

08 February 2016

In a week of varying results, the Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s London took £228.8m with premium in total (compared with £381.4m for the equivalent series last year).

Art Market

Export stop on Howard cabinets

04 February 2016

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a pair of 17th century Italian ebony, ormolu and hardstone inlaid cabinets in the hope that they can be saved for the nation.

News

Diggelmann doubles auction high for a ski poster

03 February 2016

A new auction high for a ski poster was established at Christie’s South Kensington’s annual Ski sale, held on January 21, when this 1934 colour lithograph advertising the attractions of the Swiss resort of Gstaad sold for £62,000 (plus premium).

Auction Reports

TEFAF takes bite of the Big Apple

09 February 2016

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), umbrella organiser of the world’s foremost art and antiques fair in Maastricht, are launching two boutique events in the Park Avenue Armory, New York.

Dealer News

UK dealer’s looted treasures discovered

08 February 2016

Roman and Etruscan antiquities believed to have been obtained from illicit excavations were found by police in 45 crates belonging to Robin Symes, a high-profile British art dealer who served seven months in Pentonville prison in 2005.

News

Rothko forgery in $25m court case

08 February 2016

Expert witnesses were called to give evidence during legal proceedings between Domenico De Sole, chairman of Sotheby’s, and Ann Freedman, the former president of Knoedler gallery, over the sale of a fake Rothko painting.

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