Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Antiques Roadshow

The Antiques Roadshow returns this summer to a location near you

13 April 2022

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has released the locations for the recording of its programmes this summer.

Yves Klein receipt

Invisible work by artist Yves Klein sells at Paris auction

12 April 2022

A receipt granting ownership to an invisible work of art by artist Yves Klein sold for a hammer price of €850,000 (£710,000) or €1.1m including buyer’s premium at Sotheby’s Paris.

Charles Darwin’s ‘Tree of Life’ notebook

‘Happy Easter’ after Darwin books returned

11 April 2022

The book trade has called for institutions to be more proactive in reporting missing items after two notebooks belonging to Charles Darwin were mysteriously returned to Cambridge University Library.

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Brontë manuscript on sale at New York book fair

11 April 2022

A recently rediscovered miniature book by Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) is on offer at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) this month.

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Set of 12 oak dining chairs from a Derbyshire country house are among four lots to watch this week

11 April 2022

With estimates from £500-15,000, here are four previews of upcoming items.

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From an antiques centre: The centre of attention

11 April 2022

Antiques centres provide a treasure trove of objects from a wide array of dealers all under one roof and make a good destination for a trip that any antiques or vintage lover will enjoy.

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On Instagram: Scrolling surprise and delight

11 April 2022

When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger founded photo-sharing app Instagram in 2010 they probably did not expect that 12 years later it would have become a platform for selling antiques.

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Cézanne and Bellotto to stay in UK for now

11 April 2022

Two European pictures have been temporarily stopped from being exported from the UK in the hope buyers can be found to keep them in the country.

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Robinson retires from the Christie’s rostrum

11 April 2022

After 40 years at Christie’s, William Robinson, international head of world art at the firm, bowed out on a high last month.

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Plea to help find 25 stolen antique carpets after theft in Farnham

06 April 2022

The art and antiques sector has been asked to look out for carpets stolen from Farnham Antique Carpets last week.

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UK buyers sought for £10m Cézanne and £11m Bernardo Bellotto which have been barred from export

05 April 2022

Two European pictures have been temporarily stopped from being exported from the UK in the hope buyers can be found to keep them in the country.

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Artist Sarah Biffin in double spotlight

04 April 2022

Self-portrait sold to National Portrait Gallery by dealer who also plans an exhibition

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Collector Interview: Raise a glass to breweriana

04 April 2022

A passion that began with a single tray acquired on a football away day pub visit has led to the creation of a breweriana museum

Angelica Kauffman's May portrait

UK buyer needed for £1.5m pair of group portraits by artist Angelica Kauffman

02 April 2022

A pair of group portraits by artist Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope a UK buyer will pay the £1.5m needed.

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Tom Österman of Auctionet with Lawrences' Helen Carless.

Swedish firm Auctionet buys Lawrences of Crewkerne

30 March 2022

Auctionet, the online auction platform, has bought Lawrences Auctioneers in Somerset but the team at the Crewkerne firm will remain in place.

Art Business Conference 2022

Emissions in the spotlight at Art Business Conference

29 March 2022

How can the art and antiques sector be more sustainable? Reducing the carbon emissions of the trade is tough in light of the return of art fairs around the world.

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Chardin strawberries refresh auction record

28 March 2022

An auction record has been set for the French artist Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) with the sale of 'Le panier de fraises des bois' (The Basket of Wild Strawberries).

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Bainbridge to hang up his gavel after four decades

28 March 2022

After 43 years running his saleroom in west London, Peter Bainbridge is retiring this summer.

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Cotswolds Curated makes debut

28 March 2022

Exhibitions event features nine dealers from Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire