Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Tibetan bronze figure takes £32,000 at Bellmans’ auction

21 August 2015

West Sussex auctioneers Bellmans enjoyed considerable success on August 5, with a single-owner collection of around 30 Indian and Tibetan bronzes collected by a private vendor in the 1960s.

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Auctioneers unite for mammoth Felix Dennis dispersal

14 August 2015

Two regional auctioneers – Halls of Shrewsbury and Bigwoods of Stratford-upon-Avon – are joining forces to conduct an ‘on-the-premises’ sale of art and antiques owned by the colourful publisher Felix Dennis (1947-2014).

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Lombardy escritoire sells for £19,500 at Chorley’s auction in Gloucestershire

13 August 2015

The highlight of Chorley’s latest two-day sale at Prinknash Abbey was this unusual late 18th century Lombardy escritoire.

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Showground fairs must charge VAT

12 August 2015

Showground fair organisers have reacted with disappointment to the news that exhibitors must pay 20% VAT on pitch rentals.

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Palitoy Star Wars Death Star toys show the force is strong at auction

12 August 2015

For many of the 40- and 50-somethings who trawl the internet for Star Wars toys, the ‘holy grail’ object is the Palitoy Death Star play set.

VAT on showground fair pitches

12 August 2015

COMMENT: So we finally have a ruling from the VAT tribunal but it is not good news.

London numismatists urge clients to oppose German Cultural Property law changes

04 August 2015

Coin specialists AH Baldwin & Sons are encouraging their customers to sign the petition opposing an amendment to the controversial German Cultural Property and Heritage Protection Law.


Vincennes sugar bowl sells for £45,000

31 July 2015

Yellow-ground wares from the Vincennes soft-paste porcelain workshops are great rarities.

Ambitious Dutch online auction firm aims to be a high-end eBay

30 July 2015

Dutch online auction business Catawiki has raised $82m to build its business.

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Provincial silver packs a £17,000 punch

22 July 2015

This rare Irish provincial silver punch strainer took £14,000 at Lawrences’ latest sale in Crewkerne. Dated to c.1740-60, it is struck twice for Joseph Johns, one of only a handful of silversmiths working in Limerick in the middle of the 18th century.

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Bidding comes to rest at £23,000

16 July 2015

This superbly patinated Shona hardwood headrest sold for £23,000 at only the second auction at new Stowmarket saleroom Bishop & Miller.

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Hôtel Drouot ‘pleased’ as 47 auctioneers and porters face trial

14 July 2015

The Hôtel Drouot, the communal saleroom facility used by most Paris auctioneers, has welcomed the news that swathes of former staff members are to face charges relating to stolen property.

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The first Silver Cross pram returns home

03 July 2015

William Wilson’s patent for a perambulator was cheered by the infants of well-to-do-Victorians.


Lawyer slams DEFRA over CITES chaos

01 July 2015

A leading CITES lawyer has criticised DEFRA’s “wholesale failure” to alert the public to law changes, after a court fined a jeweller £2000 for selling antique tiger claw pendants.

Regulations on tiger parts

29 June 2015

The law on tiger jewellery is frequently flouted. Last week on eBay – a site that operates a ban on antique ivory – several items of big cat jewellery were on sale from UK vendors.

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Chiparus’ Queen of Babylon shines once more

29 June 2015

“The ivory ban has been a right old dampener on the market as a whole but after taking time to consider its implications, collectors are coming back.”

Goodman and de Pury launch web-only auctions with promises to keep down fees

23 June 2015

Two senior members of the international auctioneering profession launch separate online-only ventures this week.

Bonhams to close Oxford salerooms

10 June 2015

Bonhams are to close their Oxfordshire salerooms and move more merchandise to London as part of a further review of their regional operations.

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Godwin barn find becomes £31,000 reward at Essex auction

10 June 2015

This spectacular barn find, an ebonised coromandel and inlaid octagonal centre table designed by Edward Godwin (1833-86), sold for £31,000 at Sworders’ sale of decorative art and design in Stansted Mountfitchet.