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.

Olympia go for design rather than antiques in the Spring

08 May 2006

2007 fixture will be cut to three days

Phillips de Pury & Co to open new London rooms and target Frieze clients

08 May 2006

PHILLIPS de Pury & Company are to open a new London saleroom and hold a special Contemporary Art and Design auction on October 14 during the Frieze fair.


NPG need £116,057 by end of June, or they lose unique Donne portrait

08 May 2006

LESS than two months remains to find the final £116,057 towards the £1.4m price of a unique portrait of the 17th century poet John Donne.

Sotheby’s hit back over share price claims

03 May 2006

SOTHEBY’s have hit back at claims that investors are losing confidence in the art market despite the company’s biggest shareholder selling their entire stake.


The myth of Scotland’s royal seat

03 May 2006

It gives some idea as to how furniture connoisseurship has changed that the upholstered high-back chair pictured here could once have been accepted as an original furnishing from the bedroom of Mary Queen of Scots.


I promise to pay the bearer on demand – £48,000

03 May 2006

All Bank of England banknotes issued prior to the early 1800s are rare but the note, pictured here, dated 30 August 1705, is believed to be the oldest in private hands.

OFT announce study to look at online shopping habits

03 May 2006

THE Office of Fair Trading are to conduct a survey of internet shopping habits and will report their findings next spring.

Mervyn Carey quits rostrum

03 May 2006

Long-time Kent auctioneer Mervyn Carey is to retire after more than four decades in the business. He held his last sale at the church hall in Tenterden last Wednesday.

eBay boast 192.9m users now

24 April 2006

EBAY have posted first quarter net revenues of $1.39bn, just over predictions and 35 per cent up on the first quarter of 2005.

Silver rallies after 14% fall overnight

24 April 2006

AS ATG went to press, the price of silver appeared to be steadying following the dramatic fall seen late last week.

Databases to merge as Swift-Find buys Trace

24 April 2006

SWIFT-Find, the international registry of valuable items, have bought the Trace stolen valuables database from the Invaluable Group.

Art London moves down the road for autumn slot

24 April 2006

Art London moves from its summer slot to autumn and also changes location for its eighth staging.


The bowl that proves it can pack a punch at £28,000

24 April 2006

A Bedford woman who was downsizing homes decided to enter this piece of family silver into her local auction house. It proved to be the stellar entry in W&H Peacock’s April 7 antiques sale when, after generating considerable pre-sale attention from the London silver trade, it far outstripped the saleroom’s unpublished expectations of around £3000-5000, selling to one of their number for £28,000 (plus 12.5% premium).


Double Dux – the gaze and the glaze

24 April 2006

MUSSOLINI’s son-in-law and foreign minister, Count Galeazzo Ciano, would have done well to heed the imagery of this black glazed terracotta head when another version of it came into his possession.

Trade remove 1m books in online protest

24 April 2006

...but Web provider still won’t budge on credit card charges

Australia launch probe into Aboriginal art trade

18 April 2006

THE Australian government has acted to protect indigenous artists following media reports that exposed exploitation and corruption in the Aboriginal art world.

Second new saleroom in South East

18 April 2006

Essex centre to be environmentally friendly

Chinese painting records keep falling

18 April 2006

The current boom in the market for Chinese Contemporary paintings could hardly be better illustrated than by the way sale statistics have been leapfrogging around the globe in the last couple of weeks.

RICS target novices

18 April 2006

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors are launching a new booklet to help inexperienced buyers and sellers at auction.


Ravilious high and dry at £76,000

18 April 2006

Works by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) are only very occasionally seen on the market. So when this evocative watercolour Salt Marsh was offered at Sworders (15% buyer’s premium) sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on April 11 it attracted at least seven interested parties.