Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

The Jam memorabilia

That's entertainment: exhibition of The Jam memorabilia to be sold off at Adam Partridge

13 September 2016

The majority of a collection that was previously part of a long-running public exhibition of The Jam memorabilia comes to auction in Liverpool this October.

Zora Neale Hurston at YNBF

Annual York book fair reaches record number of dealers in 2016

12 September 2016

This week’s York National Book Fair hosts the most exhibitors ever to feature in its 42-year history.

Dylan Thomas sketch

High hopes for drunken night Dylan Thomas doodle at Welsh auction

09 September 2016

The market for Dylan Thomas memorabilia remains strong, says the auctioneer who is hoping for Welsh, English and American bidding on one of the poet's doodle that he is offering.

Amber bead necklace at Fellows auction

Amber necklaces take top spot at Birmingham auction

08 September 2016

Buyers at a recent Fellows auction in Birmingham showed the strength in the market for amber.

Preston's early

Historic Bolton jeweller to shift all stock before closing doors

08 September 2016

A historic jewellers in Bolton is in the process of closing after reporting that the decline of the high street and the rise of the internet made trading impossible for them.

Prout view of Rialto Bridge

British views of Europe come to BADA Fair 2017 - without the politics

06 September 2016

The paintings of British watercolourist and architectural painter Samuel Prout comprise the 2017 loan exhibition for the BADA Fair.

Martin Roth

Director departs V&A after period of acquisition and growth

06 September 2016

The director of the Victoria & Albert Museum is to step down this autumn after five years in the role.

Clare antiques centre has respite from renovation plans

05 September 2016

An antiques centre in Suffolk will remain open for up to two more years despite the owner of the building obtaining permission to convert the building into flats.

Woking auction house closes after nearly 100 years

02 September 2016

Barbers Fine Art Auctioneers in Woking closed yesterday after nearly 100 years in business.

Self-regulation: the art market should learn from the diamond industry

01 September 2016

A presentation at today’s Art Business Conference suggested that the future of the art market has a mirror in the recent past of the diamond industry.

Art Business Conference 2016

“I can’t hang my Picassos”: clarity over censorship needed for art market in Dubai

01 September 2016

A lack of clarity on issues of censorship is affecting Dubai’s role as a centre for the art market, delegates at the Art Business Conference heard today.

D.R.A.W. recruitment logo

Two London-based art recruiters merge companies to widen reach

01 September 2016

Two London-based art recruitment agencies have joined forces to become D.R.A.W. Recruitment.

New UK dealer portal launches after nearly 10 years of construction

30 August 2016

A new antiques sourcing website, Looking for Antiques, has been launched after a construction period of nine years.

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.