Latest News Articles by Ivan Macquisten

Sotheby’s board prepare for May 6 showdown with Loeb

25 April 2014

Sotheby’s are preparing for a crunch vote at the May 6 annual shareholder meeting when they hope to see off a bid by investor Daniel Loeb to join the board.

Geffrye £14m redevelopment

22 April 2014

The Geffrye Museum in East London has appointed architects for the next phase of its £14m development.

Whitehall launches Artist's Resale Right review

15 April 2014

Intellectual Property Office launches consultation on impact of levy for European Union review

£330,000 record for silver coin

07 April 2014

Spink have set a new record for any English silver coin at £330,000, paid for the finest known example of the Reddite, an extremely rare Crown of Charles II dating to 1663.

NAVA link up with Nigeria

07 April 2014

Auction reports from Nigeria don’t tend to feature too much in ATG, but maybe that could change thanks to the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA).

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Lottery grant brings in Polar archive from the cold

07 April 2014

The Polar Museum in Cambridge has confirmed that it has secured the photographic archive linked to Scott’s last expedition after a public appeal for funds by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

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Coin discovery points to previously unknown mint

31 March 2014

A unique silver penny dug up in a field near Nottingham last November has revealed the existence of a previously unknown mint during the reign of King Stephen (1135-54).

Bid to make sellers liable for Resale Right

28 March 2014

The French courts have asked the European Court of Justice to rule on whether auctioneers can be prevented from passing on the Artist’s Resale Right charge to buyers.

Figures show fall in UK imports as importance of trade with Russia grows

25 March 2014

A sharp decline in the movement of fine art between the UK and its main trading partners in the US and Switzerland is the starkest feature of the latest set of import and export figures.

HMRC loses capital gains tax appeal over Joshua Reynolds' £9.4m Omai

24 March 2014

An appeal court ruling on the tax status of Sir Joshua Reynolds’ masterpiece ‘Omai’ means that a number of very rich people are likely to get a bit richer.

Bonhams announce revenues of £127m for 2013

24 March 2014

Following last week’s announcement of their global sales totals, Bonhams have now released figures for their 2013 revenues and profits as well.

US share of booming art market grows

20 March 2014

New York has firmly reinforced its status as the capital of the global art market with a 25% growth in the value of US sales last year.

£67m to help borro lend more

20 March 2014

Pawnbrokers borro have secured another £67m lending facility to help expand their activities in the field of asset-backed lending.

Confusion as France’s auction watchdog ranks international auction houses

20 March 2014

Bonhams have released their sales figures for 2013, with the company claiming third place in the global hierarchy after Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

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Retail therapy from the experts

13 March 2014

ATG Editor Ivan Macquisten reports on the experts’ advice to the trade at this year’s LAPADA conference

Trade call for viable solution to ivory issue

11 March 2014

Leading specialists in the trade are actively seeking a solution that supports the ban on ivory without destroying valuable artefacts created often hundreds of years ago.

Sotheby’s see 20% growth in net profits

05 March 2014

Sotheby’s have reported $6.3bn (£3.99bn) in consolidated sales for 2013, a 17% rise on the previous year.

Lord Inglewood named as new BAMF president

03 March 2014

The British Art Market Federation have announced that Lord Inglewood is to be their new president.

Marchant and the British Museum head for Art Antiques London

03 March 2014

Marchant, the eminent Kensington Church Street dealership, have signed up for Brian and Anna Haughton’s ‘Art Antiques London’ from June 12-18 in Kensington Gardens.

Scam guides active again

24 February 2014

The trade have alerted ATG to the latest scam guide trying to con dealers into paying thousands of pounds for useless advertising.