Art and antiques news from 2007

In 2007 Christie's and Sotheby's raised their buyer's premium to the once unthinkable level of 25% for lots under £10,000.

In May contemporary art sales totalled $868 million in New York and in June £220 million in London, three times the previous year's total.

After renewed pressure from LAPADA the Department of Transport finally approved an official road sign promoting antiques as a local attraction.


Mouseman’s tail-end triumph

22 December 2007

BACK in 1936, a Mr Harry Woods decided to refurbish his home, The Gate House in Brighouse, and commissioned a fellow Yorkshireman, working some 50 miles away, to provide interior panelling, window seats and doors, as well as various items of furniture.

US to keep $19m Magna Carta in DC National Archives

21 December 2007

The last privately owned copy of Magna Carta will remain in the USA after its $19m (£9.8m) purchase by billionaire David Rubenstein.


£200,000 bid sets new record for Scottish sword

21 December 2007

At 3ft 21/4in (97cm) long, this exceptionally rare Scottish Highland two-hand sword or claymore dates to the third quarter of the 16th century. So rare is it, in fact, that no other example has appeared on the market in recent years.

Mallams set out plans for new saleroom

21 December 2007

Mallams have announced the location of their new saleroom in Oxfordshire.


Thrill at the grill

21 December 2007

Souvenir hunters bid for their own slice of history at Savoy's spring clean


Lost shield resurfaces and is sold

21 December 2007

This massive silver-gilt shield of Achilles, by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell of London, lost to scholars for the better part of the 20th century, appeared at Sotheby's on December 18 after resurfacing in Belgium.

It looks like the end of Chelsea Antiques Fair

21 December 2007

IT looks likely that the Chelsea Antiques Fair, a landmark fixture and once among the country's most prestigious antiques fairs, is finished.


A monk's prayer at £60,000

21 December 2007

WHAT looked like yet another Old Master sleeper in the provinces appeared in Gloucestershire on December 7.

Haughtons change Asian art fair date and venue

21 December 2007

London-based organisers Brian and Anna Haughton have changed the dates and venue of their 13th annual International Asian Art Fair in New York.

VCs stolen in museum raid

21 December 2007

THIEVES have stolen a collection of war medals Ð including five Victoria Crosses Ð awarded to 12 of New ZealandÕs most highly decorated servicemen. The burglary took place shortly after 1am on December 2 at the Army Museum in Waiouru.


Striking a festive note at £1.5m

18 December 2007

The Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds scenes illustrated here are part of a superb group of 51 miniatures dating from the last years of the 12th century.


South Kensington to go even more retail

18 December 2007

Christie’s South Kensington have announced their new programme of Interior sales for 2008 and it is one which shows an ever greater commitment to a retail approach to handling the middle market.

Chinese help Fine Art Society to best return in 131 years

18 December 2007

BUSINESS from China increased fivefold for the Fine Arts Society in 2007, helping to bring the company the highest turnover in their 131-year history.

Clarice Cliff collectors defect to the Midlands over buyer’s premium hike

18 December 2007

Midlands auctioneers Fieldings and the Clarice Cliff Collectors’ Club (CCCC) are to join forces to hold sales of the avidly collected Art Deco pottery.

New auction house aims to open up India from Bangalore

18 December 2007

THE new year will see a new auction house open in India – with a wide remit to develop the domestic and international markets.

Dreweatt Neate to rebrand entire group as Dreweatts 1759 on January 1

18 December 2007

The network of regional salerooms and offices owned by The Fine Art Auction Group is to rebrand under a single name.

Diva who can still hit the high notes 30 years on

18 December 2007

There is nothing quite like dying young for genius to acquire immortality. An object lesson in this came with the predictably frantic bidding from the four corners of the world at the sale of some effects once belonging to Maria Callas. The total of €1.3m (£900,000) trebled expectations.

Something to raise the Christmas spirits

18 December 2007

Christie’s held the first auction of spirits in New York since Prohibition on December 8.


Beware this opportunist couple

18 December 2007

DEALERS are being asked to look out for the couple, pictured here, who attempted to steal a tea caddy from Patrick Sandberg Antiques in London’s Kensington Church Street on November 28.


All at sea for the first time and earning a £52,000

18 December 2007

A copy of the earliest printed sea atlas sold for a record £52,000 to a Dutch dealer in an Anderson & Garland sale of November 28.