Art and antiques news from 2006

In 2006 the Artist's Resale Right came into effect in the UK. It raised £1 million during its first 12 months in operation.

ATG Media hosted the first online auction with live audio feed at Dreweatt Neate via

Sotheby's bought the gallery and stock of Dutch Old Master dealer Robert Noortman, one of the founders of the Maastricht fair.


Stewart-Lockhart takes over the reins at SOFAA

18 December 2006

CLIVE Stewart-Lockhart has been elected as the new chairman of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers (SOFAA).


The original Red-Nose Day

18 December 2006

Illustrated by Denver Gillen, Robert L. May’s poem about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was first issued in 1939 as a give-away booklet for children by a Chicago department store, Montgomery Ward.

Museum buys unique archive of slave trade

18 December 2006

The Museum in Docklands have acquired a rare and significant archive of 18th century papers highlighting London’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.


The tale of how a man was turned into a dormouse

18 December 2006

JOHN Taylor was the Sawrey joiner and wheelwright, whose wife and stout, elderly daughter, Agnes Anne, kept the village shop immortalised by Beatrix Potter in Ginger and Pickles. But the first Taylor to appear in one of her books was his son, young John, who was the model for the terrier carpenter John Joiner in The Roly Poly Pudding.


The ideal stocking filler for the art market

18 December 2006

JUST in time for Christmas – the perfect stocking filler for every art dealer, collector and art market professional.

TEFAF report reveals the economic phenomenon of the Maastricht effect

18 December 2006

HOTELS, restaurants, insurance, security, shippers and packers, design and print, marketing and promotion. These are just some of the ancillary industries that benefit when the show comes to town.

Sotheby’s to sell Mallett’s Bourdon House stock

18 December 2006

Sotheby’s are to sell the stock of Bourdon House, the historic Georgian townhouse in Mayfair recently sold by London dealers Mallett.

Owners deny ‘£420m sale of Olympia’

18 December 2006

AT £420m, the deal would have brought St James Capital a 70 per cent profit on the £245m they paid for the complex just two and a half years ago. But it appears that last week’s London Evening Standard scoop on the sale of Earls Court and Olympia was, at the very least, a little premature.

Auction law conference

18 December 2006

SIGN up now for the joint RICS/SOFAA Auction Law Conference which will take place in London on Monday, January 22.


Lucy puts Sunbury in the picture

12 December 2006

Not exactly your typical ATG reader – this great picture was taken by Lucy Naughton, a 27-year-old with a passion for photography who has been finding inspiration at antiques fairs.

From Hatfield to Knebworth

12 December 2006

MISSING Book Fairs, named after the fairs’ eponymous organiser, Chris Missing, are moving one of their six events from one stately home to another.

All change at Rye with JJ and Patricia

12 December 2006

THERE’S a fairs reshuffle in the medieval town of Rye in East Sussex.

Watermill to be an antiques centre

12 December 2006

DAN Godfrey is opening an antiques and collectables centre at the Grade 2 Listed late-18th century watermill at Barton Le Clay, north of Luton in Bedfordshire.

Tyneside fashion proves a hit

12 December 2006

JUDITH Lidell is celebrating the success of her first vintage fashion fair on her home patch of Newcastle-on-Tyne on Sunday November 19.


Spink unveil new state-of-the-art showroom

11 December 2006

On November 28 Spink officially opened the new showroom at their existing headquarters at 69 Southampton Row.


Footballers raise £10,000 to help beat breast cancer

11 December 2006

THIS year’s ATG-sponsored Charity Football Match between the Dealers and Auctioneers has raised more than £10,000 for Breast Cancer Haven.


A Renaissance e-discovery

11 December 2006

The 21st century equivalent of an unknown masterpiece brought in to the front counter of a saleroom must be the treasure that surfaces on an auctioneer’s computer via a routine email.

Christie’s extend live bidding

11 December 2006

Christie’s are to increase the number of European salerooms offering the Christie’s Live online bidding feature.

New fairs aim to crack Middle and Far East markets

11 December 2006

Contemporary art plans for Shanghai and Dubai

Rent hikes force Camden Passage dealers out

11 December 2006

THE Christmas lights are now on in Camden Passage, but for some dealers this will be their last festive period in the London antiques thoroughfare.