Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

Benin plaque

Benin plaque surfaces in Virginia auction after family dispute

27 September 2016

One of the famed 16th century bronze plaques recovered from the charred ruins of the Benin Kingdom’s royal palace carries an estimate of $800,000-$1.2m at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Virginia on October 1.

Joan Carlile portrait

Tate acquire early Joan Carlile portrait

26 September 2016

The Tate has acquired its earliest picture by a female artist.

Red tape set to cripple ivory sales in France

22 September 2016

The market for antique ivory in France looks set to be paralysed by bureaucracy, a lawyer for dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) has told ATG.

New MD for coin specialists Baldwin’s

12 September 2016

Coin dealers and auctioneers AH Baldwin & Sons have appointed Neil Paisley as managing director.

Shakespeare First Folio Hamlet

Forum to offer interest-free credit on auction purchases

09 September 2016

Forum Auctions are to introduce a credit facility for buyers at future sales. In an exclusive arrangement with lending platform Unbolted, the new London firm will offer approved bidders the opportunity to pay for purchases with up to 90 days of interest-free finance.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld drawing

Restituted German Romantic drawing for sale at Berlin auction in November

07 September 2016

A much-exhibited early 19th century drawing, restituted in August to the heirs of a Holocaust victim, has immediately appeared for sale in Germany.

Ian Goldbart of Sovereign Rarities

Five members of Baldwin’s staff leave Stanley Gibbons Group and join Ian Goldbart's new business

02 September 2016

Ian Goldbart, lifelong coin collector and former managing director of AH Baldwin & Sons, is launching a new numismatic dealership and auction firm in Mayfair.

 John Axford of Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis open London office in Mayfair

30 August 2016

Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis are opening a Mayfair office.

Silver coconut cup

Carved in Russia and mounted in Scotland – coconut cup takes £8000 bid

26 August 2016

This George III coconut cup with silver strapwork mounts sold by Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh provides a glimpse of the close relationship that existed between Scotland and Russia in the late 18th century.

Hatton Garden jewellery quarter under threat from rent hikes

25 August 2016

The imminent arrival of Crossrail services in London are threatening the character of the Hatton Garden jewellery quarter.

Porcelain from Hugh Marsham Townshend collection

Sworders to offer ‘toys’ from Hugh Marsham Townshend collection

24 August 2016

When in the middle of the century Suffolk collector Hugh Marsham Townshend (1878-1967) was amassing a collection of gold-mounted porcelain scent bottles and other trinkets, most were thought to be the products of the Chelsea porcelain works or a shadowy enterprise known as the ‘Girl in a Swing’ factory.

Scrimshaw auction Rafael Osona

Scrimshaw market shows signs of a return to buoyancy at sale of Memishian collection in US

18 August 2016

Scrimshaw has been in the doldrums during the last few years with several dealers and auctioneers holding back on sales until there is more legislative clarity over the rules concerning its sale and importation.

Sally Stratton and Guy Savill of The Pedestal

Ex-Bonhams duo launch independent auction firm to champion furniture sales

18 August 2016

Two well-known former London auction specialists are launching a new enterprise selling English and European antique furniture.

1933 penny Heritage Auctions

1933 and all that: $165,000 for Britain’s numismatic superstar

16 August 2016

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions set a new record for any copper or bronze coin when a 1933 penny took $165,000 (£127,000). The buyer was a private collector.

Tunbridge ware spice box

Rich rewards for Kent’s cottage industry as Tunbridge ware draws the bidders

11 August 2016

Estimated at £1200-1800, a rare Tunbridge ware spice box sold for £10,600 at Bleasdales in Warwick.

Hans Coper studio pottery bowl

Early Hans Coper bowl bought for V&A after export ban

10 August 2016

The V&A have acquired an early form by the artist-potter Hans Coper (1920-81). Made in 1955 in the studio Coper shared with Lucie Rie in Paddington, London, the large bowl was the subject of a temporary export ban in 2015 in the hope a UK buyer could be found.

Duccio Madonna

Nicholas Hall leaves Christie's after 12 years and returns to dealing

04 August 2016

After 12 years with Christie’s, Nicholas Hall, international head of Old Master and 19th century paintings, is leaving to return to private dealing.

China Guardian founder takes largest shareholding in Sothebys

04 August 2016

The largest shareholder in Beijing’s China Guardian Auctions has also become the largest single shareholder in Sotheby’s. Cheng Dongshen, chairman and chief executive of Taikang Life Insurance, purchased $230m or 8m Sotheby’s shares across June and July and now has a 13.5% stake.

Thousands of ‘frozen’ manuscripts from bankrupt Aristophil fund to return to market

28 July 2016

Historical documents and manuscripts from the scandal-hit Aristophil investment scheme could soon return to the market as the slow process of restitution promises to quicken in the coming weeks.

Boba Fett Star Wars figure auction record

‘Le Boba’ sets auction record for Star Wars figure, selling for £21,000 at Vectis

25 July 2016

A new record for a Star Wars production figure was established at Vectis' latest sale when a French issue of Boba Fett, the memorable bit-part character in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, sold for £21,000.