Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire
World Cup latest – auctions score with 1966 shirts13 June 2014
“They think it’s all over... it is now!”
Soane’s weekend retreat to be restored in £9m project09 June 2014
While Sir John Soane’s labyrinthine central London treasure trove of a house is very well known, less familiar is his country home to the west of the city.
Chinese dealer jailed in US over ivory smuggling09 June 2014
An antiques dealer from China has become the latest person to be jailed over rhino horn and elephant ivory smuggling as the US continues its crackdown.
Noël Coward’s Fascist secret09 June 2014
The First World War shattered not just lives but also perceptions of the ‘natural order’ of things across Europe and how it was ruled.
Sale focus on family fortunes06 June 2014
Was this the ring of the Tiger of Mysore, taken from his body when he was killed in battle?
Newly discovered ‘comet’ helps rare planetarium to £95,00023 May 2014
A rare late-18th century George Adams Junior combined planetarium and tellurian that sold at Bonhams includes a reference to the ‘Georgian Planet’ engraved on the top plate. Today that planet is better known as Uranus, which was first observed by William Herschel on March 13, 1781, although he initially recorded it as a comet.
Art gets its own national private eye on the internet19 May 2014
Public collections in need of information about their oil paintings can be connected with specialists and members of the public with relevant knowledge thanks to a scheme called Art Detective.
Maple cabinet with intriguing artistic collaboration12 May 2014
Mystery surrounds the origin of a maple cabinet designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by James Abbott McNeill Whistler which has been bought by National Museums Scotland (NMS).
NAVA hope for big rise in membership14 April 2014
NAVA (National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers) are hoping to boost membership after a shake-up of their application system which takes practical experience into consideration rather than having to take exams.
Police appeal over antique shop robbery04 April 2014
Distressing footage of a female staff member at a Devon antique shop being grabbed by a robber has been released in an attempt to track down the man
Stolen antiques now safe after ATG alert31 March 2014
A Derby porcelain plaque and two Japanese plates have been returned by Surrey Police to two stately homes after they were recognised from an alert in Antiques Trade Gazette
Museum’s shipshape purchases31 March 2014
The rare First World War German ship’s bell featured in ATG No 2133 has found a very suitable home – the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Lower price tag for Van Dyck self-portrait31 March 2014
An appeal to buy Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the nation, painted in England in 1640-41, has been given a boost by the news that a lower price is expected.
Call for independent trust to rule on public collection sales24 March 2014
Campaigners are calling on the government to create an independent trust to prevent Southampton City Council selling off artworks from its public collection.
New British Museum gallery for Sutton Hoo24 March 2014
With the British Museum’s Vikings exhibition bringing in the crowds, it is an ideal time for its Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo treasures to come back into focus in a new gallery.
Salisbury Museum declare bid for newly discovered Bronze Age hoard20 March 2014
Salisbury Museum is hoping to host a remarkable hoard of Bronze Age jewellery in a new gallery set to open this summer.
Bell rings in a year of WW1 centenary sales20 March 2014
Theophilus Jones, a private in the Durham Light Infantry, achieved the unfortunate distinction of being the first soldier to be killed on British soil during the First World War.
Portobello joins the silent greats of the silver screen03 March 2014
It’s famously the backdrop to Richard Curtis’s film ‘Notting Hill’, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts as well as the setting for many a TV drama over the years. Now it’s time for Portobello to take the starring role in a new film whose premiere takes place in Soho on March 14.
Auction house ties vendor fees to the reserve, not the hammer price03 March 2014
A Suffolk saleroom set to hold their first auction in May are going for a new business model of flat vendors’ fees based on reserves rather than the hammer price.
Bellows paves the way for US artists at the National Gallery24 February 2014
The purchase of a George Bellows painting has signalled a major change in policy at the National Gallery, ending 190 years of showing only European artists.