Art and antiques news from 2008

In September 2008 Sotheby's much-hyped sale of works by Damien Hirst was a runaway success amid the general gloom, taking £100 million.

After 37 years on traditional newsprint, Antiques Trade Gazette became full-colour gloss.

Dealer Agnews sold its historic Bond Street premises, Elaine Dean retired after 25 years as secretary general of BADA and Christie's South Kensington introduced interiors sales aimed at the retail market.

Christie’s 2007 sales exceed £3 billion

21 January 2008

Christie’s have confirmed their position as the art market’s biggest business, announcing 2007 premium inclusive sales of £3.1bn ($6.3bn).


Bonhams pioneer the urban art sale

21 January 2008

Having dramatically grown the auction market for Banksy at their mixed media Vision 21 sales, Bonhams are embarking on a new venture – a dedicated sale of Urban Art.


Lyon & Turnbull unveil campaign to extend south

21 January 2008

Auctioneers plan two £1m sales for 2008

Bonhams post £27.9m regional sales in 2007

21 January 2008

‘Best ever’ year with $600m global sales

Sotheby’s raise the contemporary stakes

21 January 2008

Sotheby’s have agreed to sponsor Tate Britain’s Duveens Commission, thereby allowing this site-specific sculpture commission to become an annual rather than a biennial event.

New TEFAF study highlights Chinese phenomenon and threat to European market

14 January 2008

THE size of the world art market all but doubled between 2002 and 2006, according to the latest survey commissioned by The European Fine Art Federation.

Adams top the Dublin totals

14 January 2008

Adams of Dublin were once again top of the Irish rooms posting a €19.4m (£14.6m) hammer turnover for 2007.


Deloitte sale brings £850,000 at L&T’s first London outing

14 January 2008

Scottish auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull started off their year on January 10 with the sale of the Deloitte Art Collection at The Royal Academy in London.

Summers Place statuary sales take new direction

14 January 2008

Summers Place Auctions have revealed plans for a three-tier selling strategy when they hold their inaugural sale of garden statuary and fossil decoration ‘in association with Sotheby’s’ in May.

Top provincial rooms build average lot values in 2007

14 January 2008

Prize lots boost smaller salerooms

Outhwaite close Liverpool saleroom

14 January 2008

Outhwaite & Litherland have sold their Liverpool saleroom but retain their house clearance team.


Islington Council call on Mall owners to let antique dealers stay

14 January 2008

Mall dealers ‘have nowhere to go’ if forced to leave


102-year-old artist seeks missing work

09 January 2008

THE 102-year-old Welsh artist Stanley Lewis (b.1905) is trying to locate the current whereabouts of his painting of The Crosyceilliog Blacksmiths.

Gold price hits 28-year high

09 January 2008

THE price of gold hit a 28-year high last week as rises in the oil price and inflation fears drove the gold fix to over $850.

Sotheby’s double Paris sales total

09 January 2008

For the first time, a trio of auction firms pulled clear of the field in Paris in 2007.


Medieval masterpiece on view

09 January 2008

The extraordinarily elaborate diptych from c.1350-75, shown here, will be on show at The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House from January 10 to March 9.


Antiques signs appear on the roads at last

09 January 2008

Simon Chorley Auctioneers and Valuers of Gloucestershire have become the first art and antiques specialists to successfully apply for the new antiques road signs.

Police seek £150,000 coin fair raiders

09 January 2008

POLICE are on the lookout for a gang of thieves who stole a chest of antique coins worth over £150,000 from London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb. They are believed to be the same people who targeted dealers in Hatton Garden late last year.


The stunning clock by an unheard of 17th century maker

09 January 2008

The emergence of a significant new discovery is a guaranteed crowd-puller in any sector of the art and antiques market.


Off the rails and into history at £1800

09 January 2008

In 1963, the daring actions of a 15-strong band of small-time London criminals captivated the world’s media. In 2007, it seems the Great Train Robbery still has the capacity to seize headlines.