Latest News Articles by Ivan Macquisten

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Dulwich pays tribute to Ravilious as Jerwood turns spotlight on Burra

24 February 2015

Dulwich Picture Gallery have announced a major exhibition dedicated to Eric Ravilious (1903-42) from April 1 until August 31.

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Rivals raise the stakes over South African art

13 February 2015

Bonhams throw down the gauntlet at Irma Stern Museum after Strauss & Co's China Girl TV stunt

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Coin and medal sales double in a decade for UK

10 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 acquisition

09 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 auction

09 February 2015

The Black Beauty, the prototype for all Gibson Les Paul guitars, will appear at Guernsey Auctions’ February 19 sale in New York.

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British heir challenges Italian factory worker’s claim over stolen £25m Gauguin

28 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 ruling

27 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 sales

22 January 2015

Heritage Auctions of Dallas and New York have reported their best year ever in 2014, with sales topping $969m.

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Asian buyers the key to growth, say Christie’s

20 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 2014

20 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 launched

19 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.

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Anglo-Saxon controls may prove vital in shedding light on newfound hoard

12 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.

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Spink pin money on their silver dollar

07 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 Barbizet

22 December 2014

Christie’s have announced two new appointments at the top of the company.

Alliances see Dreweatts expand into classic cars and Australia

19 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 market

17 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

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Dream machines – the ultimate barn find heads for Paris sale

16 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 exits

08 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 returned

01 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.

Ruprecht's passing at Sotheby's is the harbinger of something much bigger

21 November 2014

COMMENT: As the saying goes, turnover is vanity, profit is sanity. Hold that thought as you consider the announcement that Bill Ruprecht is to stand down as CEO of Sotheby’s after nearly 15 years.