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.

Bonhams unveil stage two of their regional revamp

20 November 2006

Bonhams have announced details of the second phase in their UK regional restructure, which will be in place by Christmas.


Many happy returns – Lowestoft birth tablet trebles price in decade

20 November 2006

The highlight of the Lowestoft porcelain sale conducted by enthusiast Russell H. Sprake at The Beaconsfield Club, Lowestoft on the evening of October 27 was this rare blue and white birth tablet.


Viney proves he has more appeal than ever 21 years on

20 November 2006

Woolley and Wallis chairman Paul Viney was back in the Radio Two studio with Terry Wogan for the 21st year running on Thursday, as he took bids for lots put up in aid of the BBC Children In Need appeal.

Sotheby’s tighten grip on key staff

20 November 2006

Sotheby’s have revised employee incentive packages in a move that should help stabilise costs and prevent key staff from being poached by rivals.


Another record-breaking sale with $240m for post-War art

20 November 2006

November saw the art market hit a new high as Christie’s capped a remarkable series of New York sales with a record $240m (£131m) for post-War and Contemporary art.


Hayman portraits back together again after 300 years

20 November 2006

Two sections of a painting by Francis Hayman are being officially re-united for the first time in almost three centuries at London dealer Philip Mould’s new gallery in Dover Street.


Fra Angelico panels set to make provincial art record

20 November 2006

The discovery of two small panels by Fra Angelico (c.1395-1455) in a semi-detached house in Oxford ranks as one of the most remarkable art finds this country has ever witnessed.


Asian Art in London warms a chilly November night

13 November 2006

More than 400 guests gathered to celebrate the Asian Art in London awards at the Burlington Gardens rooms of the Royal Academy on Wednesday night last week.


New online database unveils the history of the domestic interior

13 November 2006

Domestic Interiors Database, a free online database charting the history of the domestic interior since 1400 in Western Europe and North America, is now available for study.


Christie’s $500m ‘Bloch’ buster

13 November 2006

Feeding frenzy sets new record as bidders get their fill despite absence of Lloyd Webber Picasso

At $238m, Sotheby’s enjoy their best day since 1990

13 November 2006

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale of 83 lots on November 7 generated $238m (£131.5m) and was the auctioneers’ highest auction total since the previous Impressionist and Modern high water mark of May 1990.

Parker chairs now on record

13 November 2006

The Frederick Parker Collection of Chairs, whose long-term future once looked uncertain, has now found a secure home as a study collection at London Metropolitan University.


Dealer consortium to take up the reins in Portmeirion

13 November 2006

ALLEN Lewis Fairs will not be continuing to organise their antiques fairs held biannually at Portmeirion Town Hall in March and November.

Two Cs go back to school

07 November 2006

FOUNDED in 1893, Malvern Girls College in Great Malvern, Worcestershire was housed in a building that was once a grand hotel in the town’s heyday as a spa.

DMG sell Malvern

06 November 2006

DMG Antiques Fairs have sold the two Malvern fairs as part of their widespread revamp.

Linley takes Christie’s chair

06 November 2006

DAVID Linley has been appointed chairman of Christie’s UK, replacing co-chairmen Dermot Chichester and Charles Cator.

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Sotheby’s and Christie’s sign up for TEFAF Maastricht

06 November 2006

WHEN TEFAF Maastricht opens its doors next March, something will be different. An extraordinary sequence of events means that for the first time, the world’s two biggest auctioneers will effectively stand as exhibitors at the world’s most important fair for specialist dealers in fine art and antiques.

Call for action as museums say collecting is no longer a top priority

06 November 2006

MUSEUMS are so strapped for cash when it comes to buying works of art that only one in 50 says adding to their collections is now a top priority.

Pollock sets new all-time high

06 November 2006

Jackson Pollock’s 1948 drip painting Number 5 has set a new record for a painting. Mexican financier David Martinez has reportedly paid $140m for it in a private deal brokered by Sotheby’s.


French Gothic ascends to the top table

06 November 2006

IT was the Gothic furniture that was in strongest demand at Sotheby’s Haute Epoque sale in Bond Street last week, none more so than this massive 16th/17th oak refectory table that was bid to an astonishing £420,000 (plus premium).