Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Oak settle

Appeal after theft from Norfolk antiques dealer

21 August 2018

A Norfolk dealer is appealing for help from the antiques trade after his van was stolen with stock inside.

Antique guns

Panorama investigation to focus on antique guns ‘loophole’ ahead of government changes to law

20 August 2018

A BBC Panorama investigation, due to broadcast tonight, details how legal antique guns can be used by criminals who illegally obtain ammunition to commit crime.

Silver box

Silversmith appeals to antiques and jewellery trade to help find stolen silver artwork

20 August 2018

Award-winning designer and silversmith Wayne V Meeten is appealing to the trade to help him find his stolen silver truffle box.

Bruce and Mould

Fake or Fortune? series returns to screens with Henry Moore, Toulouse-Lautrec and Alberto Giacometti in focus

07 August 2018

The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returns to our screens with the seventh series on Sunday.

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UK books trade on alert after US library theft

06 August 2018

Rare books and prints valued at millions of dollars remain at large in the international market in the wake of a US library theft.

EU

EU proposals for the crackdown on cultural goods imports delayed

06 August 2018

The European Union’s plan to introduce new laws on the import of cultural goods, due to be voted on this summer, has been delayed until September.

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Corkscrews bring cheers to Henry Aldridge saleroom

06 August 2018

Two French corkscrews were the top lots of Henry Aldridge & Son’s auction of the first tranche of a single-owner collection of around 450 examples.

Canterbury bible

Medieval bible bought at auction to return to Canterbury Cathedral after 500 years away

02 August 2018

Canterbury Cathedral has bought a rare illuminated bible once owned by one of the last members of Britain’s monastic community before the Reformation.

Rose bowl

Reward offered for return of £1m worth of antiques and jewellery following raid on Gloucestershire home of biotech tycoon

01 August 2018

British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans has offered a “substantial reward” to help recover £1m worth of antiques, jewellery and silver stolen in a raid on his home in Gloucestershire.

Cat cane

Walk this way for single owner collections of canes at auction

01 August 2018

Walking stick collectors have been in luck, with not one but two single owner collections up for grabs at auction this summer.

Titanic

Museums and film-maker James Cameron team-up to buy Titanic wreck artefacts

31 July 2018

A group of museums, with the backing of film-maker James Cameron, has teamed up to buy artefacts from the wreck of the 'Titanic'.

Carnegie Library

Innocent London book dealers caught up in $8m US rare books library theft

30 July 2018

High-profile London book dealers Peter Harrington and Maggs Bros have been left out of pocket after an alleged $8m rare books theft from Carnegie Library in the US.

French piron folding helix corckscrew

French corkscrew uncorks collectors to bid more than £12,000 at Wiltshire auction

30 July 2018

A French 18th century 'betrothal' corkscrew was the highlight of the first in a series to disperse a single-owner collection of corkscrews in Wiltshire.

Dickens table

Government issues export bar for Charles Dickens’ table in hope of finding UK buyer

28 July 2018

A table used by novelist Charles Dickens is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £67,600.

Carnegie Library

US rare book dealer charged in alleged $8m rare books theft from Carnegie Library

26 July 2018

A US book dealer has resigned from The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) following charges being made against him in connection with the theft of $8m of books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Persian guard relief

Persian sculpture seized from London dealer in New York to be returned to Iran

25 July 2018

A Persian limestone relief sculpture is to be returned to Iran, a New York court has ruled.

Christie's

Christie’s half-year results boosted by “historic” Rockefeller sale

24 July 2018

The stand-out Rockefeller sale at Christie’s in New York helped the auction house to post first half sales growth of 26% to almost £3bn.

Francesca Garvey-Hughes

Fellows hires jewellery specialist for London office

23 July 2018

Fellows Auctioneers is continuing its growth in London with the hiring of a jewellery specialist.

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Market confidence as regional firms invest in expansion

23 July 2018

Auction houses in Bristol, Staffordshire and Norfolk have chosen to invest in new premises this year. Suggesting continued confidence in the regional auction market, Bristol Auction Rooms, Potteries Auctions and TW Gaze are planning to open new salerooms by the autumn.

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Disputed Antiques Roadshow Elgar score could be given to British Library

23 July 2018

A dispute over the ownership of a score by Sir Edward Elgar involving the BBC and the former Conservative MP David Mellor could lead to the manuscript being given to the British Library.