Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
Trade threatened by £100m anti money laundering levy19 October 2020
The art market is lobbying government to try to stop a new levy on the sector for Anti Money Laundering initiatives.
Early 18th century documents detailing a slavery abolitionist's ill-fated project emerge at auction17 October 2020
Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an African island to prove plantations could be run without slavery.
Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector15 October 2020
A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Gramophone bought by the Rothschild family for Waddesdon Manor comes to auction14 October 2020
A rare gramophone believed to have been bought by James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of the Rothschild banking dynasty, for the family home of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, is coming to auction next week.
Bonhams’ expands management team with new hire14 October 2020
Bonhams has hired Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, a luxury and consumer goods specialist, to become non-executive chairman of the auction house.
Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force13 October 2020
A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.
Christie’s takes third way on premium structure12 October 2020
Christie’s has changed its buyer’s premium levels this autumn – creating clear air between its fee structure and those used at Sotheby’s and Bonhams.
Aston’s premises go to ‘friendly rival’ as Special Auction Services expands into the Midlands12 October 2020
Special Auction Services is expanding into the West Midlands and has taken over the premises of toy and collectables specialist Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley.
The new Roo and the latest launches for dealer premises12 October 2020
With the UK still in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses continue to focus on online sales, but many antiques dealers also recognise the importance of physical premises. Here are five recent openings or expansions across the UK.
Photos commissioned by Queen Victoria come to auction10 October 2020
An archive of works by photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson ((1838-1907), including those commissioned by Queen Victoria, will be offered at auction next week.
TEFAF Maastricht 2021 moved to May08 October 2020
The planned TEFAF Maastricht fair scheduled for next year has moved to May.
Nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts dealer creates online auction at Sotheby’s08 October 2020
Mayfair dealer Adrian Alan is to auction a collection of items from his stock at an online-only sale held by Sotheby’s.
Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton sets auction record in New York07 October 2020
A complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton was hammered down at $27.5m (£21.3m) at Christie’s New York.
Sotheby’s opens shop in Bond Street saleroom as auction houses grow their focus on private and retail sales05 October 2020
Sotheby’s has opened a new shop in its Bond Street galleries retailing art, design and luxury items.
Help build knowledge of ‘architect’ sitter05 October 2020
Can you help to identify this gentleman architect sitter in this Giuseppe Bonito (1707-89) picture?
New hires across the art and antiques sector including at Dreweatts and Bonhams03 October 2020
The latest Movers and Shakers at auction houses and dealers.
Christie’s offers dedicated sale of works from Italian dealer Giuseppe Rossi’s collection02 October 2020
Items from the collection of the late Italian dealer Giuseppe Rossi (1914-89) are to be offered at Christie’s this month.
Rare Sumerian plaque to return to Iraq with help of British Museum30 September 2020
A 4000-year-old limestone sculpture is to go on temporary display before returning to Iraq.
IACF Peterborough gets green light for October event29 September 2020
The Peterborough Festival of Antiques is to go ahead as planned this week.
New rules force indoor fairs to close their doors28 September 2020
More indoor antiques and collectables fairs have been called off as coronavirus cases rise again and restrictions increase.