Latest News Articles by Ivan Macquisten
RM deal puts Sotheby’s head to head with Bonhams in competition for the future of UK car market27 February 2015
Sotheby’s have taken a 25% stake in RM, the classic and luxury car auctioneer, renaming the company RM Sotheby’s.
Dulwich pays tribute to Ravilious as Jerwood turns spotlight on Burra24 February 2015
Dulwich Picture Gallery have announced a major exhibition dedicated to Eric Ravilious (1903-42) from April 1 until August 31.
Rivals raise the stakes over South African art13 February 2015
Bonhams throw down the gauntlet at Irma Stern Museum after Strauss & Co's China Girl TV stunt
Coin and medal sales double in a decade for UK10 February 2015
Sales of coins and medals at UK auctions have doubled in value over the past decade to £44.7m.
Stanley Gibbons Group wins deal of the year award for Noble acquisition09 February 2015
The Stanley Gibbons Group has won the Deal of the Year at the 2015 Quoted Company Awards for its acquisition of Noble Investments.
The model for all electric guitars comes to auction09 February 2015
The Black Beauty, the prototype for all Gibson Les Paul guitars, will appear at Guernsey Auctions’ February 19 sale in New York.
British heir challenges Italian factory worker’s claim over stolen £25m Gauguin28 January 2015
The buyer of £25.5m worth of artworks left on a train in Italy faces a legal claim from the heir of the man from whom they were stolen in 1970.
Tribunal set for showground VAT ruling27 January 2015
The tribunal that will decide if British showground fairs must charge 20% VAT on pitch rentals will go ahead on February 10-12.
Heritage report $969m in annual sales22 January 2015
Heritage Auctions of Dallas and New York have reported their best year ever in 2014, with sales topping $969m.
Asian buyers the key to growth, say Christie’s20 January 2015
Christie’s expect the influence of Asian buyers to be at the forefront of growth in the coming year as they report £5.1bn/$8.4bn total sales for the company in 2014.
£3.7bn/$6bn auction total for Sotheby’s in 201420 January 2015
Sotheby’s, who have yet to publish full results for 2014, have announced headline figures for auction sales (up 18% at £3.7bn/$6bn), their highest ever total.
New stolen art database launched19 January 2015
ArtClaim, a new database launched in London this week to track lost, disputed and stolen cultural objects, promises new ways of identifying and recording interests attached to works of art.
Anglo-Saxon controls may prove vital in shedding light on newfound hoard12 January 2015
Strict rules governing the integrity of early English coinage could lead to the newly uncovered Aylesbury Hoard revising our perspective of the Anglo-Saxon period.
Spink pin money on their silver dollar07 January 2015
An example of the first of America’s iconic silver dollars will be on sale at Spink USA later this month.
Pylkkänen and Brooks to steer Christie’s with Barbizet22 December 2014
Christie’s have announced two new appointments at the top of the company.
Alliances see Dreweatts expand into classic cars and Australia19 December 2014
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury have announced two new alliances as they reshape the wider business as part of the Stanley Gibbons Group.
Smoke detectors, the essential tool for Christie's and Sotheby's in today's art market17 December 2014
COMMENT: ATG Editor Ivan Macquisten argues that the top end of the art market needs a reality check if it wants to remain in control of its own destiny
Dream machines – the ultimate barn find heads for Paris sale16 December 2014
One of the greatest ‘barn finds’ ever has uncovered 60 classic cars – just one of which is a rare Ferraris valued at several million pounds – in outbuildings in the west of France.
Christie’s lose their CEO as Murphy exits08 December 2014
Christie’s chief executive Steven Murphy has unexpectedly quit his post, saying he has completed the job he set out to do when appointed in 2010.
Bern accepts Gurlitt bequest: disputed works to be returned01 December 2014
The Kunstmuseum Bern’s announcement that it would accept the Gurlitt bequest (aside from any Nazi-looted art) has been followed by a pledge by Germany’s culture minister to return the disputed Matisse and other works to the families of their original owners.