Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt
False friends: some early copies of Harry Potter may not be all that they appear25 August 2016
Not all copies of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone that bear a tell-tale typo sometimes signifying the first edition, first run of the book are the real deal.
Death of "The Greatest" prompts consignments of memorabilia to auction25 August 2016
A collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia is being sold in a Dallas saleroom following an outpouring of related consignments from the public in light of the boxer’s death.
Americana the beautiful: Reagan's private collection to appear at Christie's23 August 2016
The release of the catalogue for the upcoming sale of the Reagans’ private collection reveals the President’s artistic flair and the First Lady’s taste for diamonds.
Sand, sun and ancient temples star in early travel photographer's record of Africa and the Middle East23 August 2016
The first lot at AntiquarianAuctions.com’s August sale is a collection of calotypes taken by Maxime du Camp that were used in one of the first books of travel photography ever published.
Son of Yorkshire auction house owner reopens the business after two years22 August 2016
Hutchinson Scott is set to hold its first sale in two years after the founder of the Yorkshire auction house came out of retirement and helped his son restart the family business.
Keno brothers sued over debts but insist creditors will be paid22 August 2016
New York-based appraisers Leigh and Lesley Keno, two of the best-known faces of the US version of TV programme Antiques Roadshow, are facing increasing scrutiny as their debts mount with a string of regional auction houses.
The (Regency) play's the thing for new Bodleian Library exhibition20 August 2016
A new exhibition at Oxford’s Bodleian Library examines how historical events appeared on stage in Regency Britain.
Auction of Capote's ashes keep author larger than life even in death19 August 2016
The ashes of author Truman Capote are to go under the hammer at a Los Angeles auction of entertainment memorabilia next month.
A thing of the past: auction of computer history follows closure of famous electronics shop19 August 2016
A significant collection of computer history is to be auctioned off following the closure of a famous electronics shop, where the collection was compiled over nearly 30 years.
Jacobean miniature acquired by National Trust for Powis Castle17 August 2016
The National Trust has acquired an important Jacobean portrait miniature for £2.1m from a private seller in a sale brokered by Omnia Art.
Alfies Antiques Market makes first Battersea fair appearance08 August 2016
Alfies Antiques Market will make its first appearance as a vendor at the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair this autumn.
A prince among potboilers: 366-year-old book found in a box of 20th century paperbacks08 August 2016
A 366-year-old book on the virtues of Charles I is to go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers after it was discovered in a box among 20th-century paperbacks.
Europe's largest braderie cancelled in the face of security concerns05 August 2016
The annual Braderie de Lille was cancelled today just weeks before opening in light of continuing security concerns in France.
Record of Chinese emperor's journey south to lead a Sotheby's Asia Week sale05 August 2016
A rare handscroll fragment recording the Qing dynasty's ambitious rule is a key lot at one of Sotheby’s upcoming sales.
Fortnum & Mason's collaboration with Frank Cohen brings Modern British artto Mayfair04 August 2016
More than 60 works from the Frank Cohen Collection are set to be exhibited at Fortnum & Mason’s Mayfair location this autumn.
Art Loss Register doubles subscriptions with 100th user04 August 2016
The Art Loss Register has doubled its number of subscribers over the past three years.
Wirral auction house closes but owner’s plans remain uncertain03 August 2016
Auction House Kruger Gibbons have ceased trading after four years in business.
Travis Perkins call on public to save UK’s oldest timber yard from Pimlico Road redevelopment03 August 2016
Travis Perkins have issued a call to preserve Newson’s Timber Yard after 175 years in business.
Fifty-five years on dealer joins Acreman Street Antiques Centre01 August 2016
GERALD Davidson admits that he is still dealing – but then, as he points out, “does anyone ever give up?”
King’s Road dealers unite to claim compensation in face of ongoing works and falling profits01 August 2016
A contingent of more than 30 Chelsea dealers is seeking legal advice in the face of ongoing works on the King’s Road which have led to a significant fall in 2016 profits.