Art and antiques news from 2005

In 2005 after 10 years in the role, Lord Brooke stepped down as president of BADA. He was succeeded by Baroness Rawlings.

Arms and armour specialist Thomas del Mar became the latest Sotheby's expert to set up an independent business. He followed Kerry Taylor (fashion and couture), Graham Budd (sporting memorabilia) and Morton & Eden (coins and medals).

Clarion secure at Olympia

19 December 2005

REPORTS that Earls Court and Olympia are up for sale will not affect Clarion Events, who own and organise the three Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fairs.

Sotheby’s and Christie’s alter sales formats to woo home furnishers

19 December 2005

imminent changes to the furniture and objects sales at two London rooms underscore the need to woo private, home-furnishing buyers and bolster more traditional sectors of the auction market.

Droit de Suite – it’s bad news

15 December 2005

FOR the second week in a row a Government U-turn has dealt the British art and antiques industry a bodyblow – but the latest move is far more serious than last week’s SIPPs debacle.

Droit de Suite – who has to pay what to whom and when...

15 December 2005

Who has the resale right? The artist holding copyright of their work or a qualifying body to whom they have assigned the right under the regulations, such as a charity. Until January 1, 2010, the right only applies if the artist is living.

Swinderby ditch Sundays to run from Monday to Wednesday

14 December 2005

THE giant RAF Swinderby fair will ditch Sunday trading and move to a Monday to Wednesday slot in the run-up to Newark from January.

Now Sotheby’s contract out arms and armour

14 December 2005

WEDNESDAY, December 14 sees Thomas Del Mar Ltd’s inaugural sale of arms and armour at Sotheby’s Olympia.

Spink chief joins Dreweatt Neate group

14 December 2005

PAUL Barthaud, who has just stepped down as executive director of Spink, is the new chief operating officer for the Fine Art Auction Group.

New technology puts online views in a 360º spin

14 December 2005

Gloucester auctioneers Bruton Knowles are experimenting with a new software package that allows online visitors to turn selected objects 360 degrees for a detailed inspection.

Christie’s £6m Partridge sale – New York in May

14 December 2005

CHRISTIE’s will stage a sale of 200 items from Partridge’s stock in New York next May.

Chancellor scraps all plans for art SIPPs

06 December 2005

Art, antiques, wine, classic cars – pension hopes disappear

Southampton prize winners

05 December 2005

The following prizes have been awarded to students on the BA(Hons) Fine Art Valuation course at Southampton Solent University.

New saleroom for Lichfield

05 December 2005

Staffordshire’s Richard Winterton Auction Group have opened a new saleroom in Lichfield.

Sotheby’s up the stakes as they extend credit facility by $50m

05 December 2005

Sotheby’s have extended their credit facility by $50m to $250m, bringing them greater room for manoeuvre in competing for business.

Sworders absorb Olivers and build for the future

05 December 2005

GROWING Essex auctioneers Sworders have expanded their reach into Suffolk with the acquisition of the venerable Sudbury firm Olivers. Plans are also underway for a new auction centre situated on a brownfield site just north of their current location in Stansted Mountfitchet.

South Downs open new office and showroom

05 December 2005

On December 1 South Downs Auctioneers opened a new office and showroom at Gosdens Heath Barn, two and a half miles east of Midhurst, towards Petworth on the A272.

Bloomsbury prove themselves top swots

05 December 2005

Christie’s and ATG teams follow in close second on quiz night

Don’t pin hopes on SIPPs for sales boom

05 December 2005

But they will bring benefits for the industry, expert advises

Clarion confirm that Glasgow fair will be ‘postponed’

05 December 2005

Clarion Events have announced the “postponement” of next summer’s Antiques For Everyone – Glasgow.

LAPADA strike deal for a return to NEC

05 December 2005

CLARION NEC have announced a link-up with LAPADA for their National Fine Art & Antiques Fair, the third of which will be held at the National Exhibition Centre from January 18-22.

Russians’ bid to double reserves sends gold price to 18-year high

26 November 2005

THE price of gold reached an 18-year high last week, after speculative buying surged with the news that the Russian central bank is planning to double its gold reserves.