Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

First printing of Harry Potter

False friends: some early copies of Harry Potter may not be all that they appear

25 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.

World Heavyweight Championship belt

Death of "The Greatest" prompts consignments of memorabilia to auction

25 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.

Pillow from Reagan

Americana the beautiful: Reagan's private collection to appear at Christie's

23 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.

du Camp Sphinx

Sand, sun and ancient temples star in early travel photographer's record of Africa and the Middle East

23 August 2016

The first lot at’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.

Water wheel clock

Son of Yorkshire auction house owner reopens the business after two years

22 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 paid

22 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.

Siege of Gibraltar

The (Regency) play's the thing for new Bodleian Library exhibition

20 August 2016

A new exhibition at Oxford’s Bodleian Library examines how historical events appeared on stage in Regency Britain.

Truman Capote Ashes

Auction of Capote's ashes keep author larger than life even in death

19 August 2016

The ashes of author Truman Capote are to go under the hammer at a Los Angeles auction of entertainment memorabilia next month.

Melted Mac from Tekserve

A thing of the past: auction of computer history follows closure of famous electronics shop

19 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.

Isaac Oliver's portrait of Lord Herbert of Cherbury

Jacobean miniature acquired by National Trust for Powis Castle

17 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 appearance

08 August 2016

Alfies Antiques Market will make its first appearance as a vendor at the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair this autumn.

Reliquiae sacrae Carolinae

A prince among potboilers: 366-year-old book found in a box of 20th century paperbacks

08 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.

Lille brocante

Europe's largest braderie cancelled in the face of security concerns

05 August 2016

The annual Braderie de Lille was cancelled today just weeks before opening in light of continuing security concerns in France.

Wang Hui's Emperor Kangxi's Journey to the South

Record of Chinese emperor's journey south to lead a Sotheby's Asia Week sale

05 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 CEO Ewan Venters and Frank Cohen

Fortnum & Mason's collaboration with Frank Cohen brings Modern British artto Mayfair

04 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 user

04 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 uncertain

03 August 2016

Auction House Kruger Gibbons have ceased trading after four years in business.

Historic view of Newson's Yark

Travis Perkins call on public to save UK’s oldest timber yard from Pimlico Road redevelopment

03 August 2016

Travis Perkins have issued a call to preserve Newson’s Timber Yard after 175 years in business.

Gerald Davidson at the Acreman Antiques Centre

Fifty-five years on dealer joins Acreman Street Antiques Centre

01 August 2016

GERALD Davidson admits that he is still dealing – but then, as he points out, “does anyone ever give up?”

King's Road with one-way system

King’s Road dealers unite to claim compensation in face of ongoing works and falling profits

01 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.