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 unveil plans for €200m-300m St Laurent sale

29 September 2008

Christie’s have announced the exact dates and location for the Paris sale of the collection put together by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. It will be held jointly by two auction houses, Christie’s and Pierre Bergé & Associates, on February 23, 24 and 25 next year.


Art Deco Alfies receives refurbishment

29 September 2008

WORK to restore the Art Deco facade of Alfies Antique Market in London’s Marylebone has now been finished to much acclaim from the local area.

Muted prices at Nicholson sale highlights mixed appeal of Psaier

29 September 2008

MEDIA interest in the Pietro Psaier controversy saw members of the national press in attendance at John Nicholson’s Fernhurst rooms on September 24 for the sale of 235 artworks.


Country house smash-and-grab nets large haul of antiques

29 September 2008

AROUND 200 valuable pieces of jewellery, silver, porcelain and furniture were stolen after thieves broke into an Oxfordshire manor house, using sledgehammers to break through two walls.

Halls answer buyers’ call for cheaper lots

29 September 2008

Quarterly sales of modestly-priced art and antiques, which were introduced for the first time this year by leading Shropshire auction house Halls, are to become a regular fixture in the company’s sales calendar.


Damien Hirst market soars even as the banks crash

22 September 2008

As experienced art dealers discussed the £95.6m sale of 233 new works by Damien Hirst (b.1965), it was the word 'celebrity' that cropped up the most to explain the phenomenal prices seen at the Beautiful Inside my Head Forever sale.

Christie’s announce details of Hotspur/Jeremy dispersal

22 September 2008

CHRISTIE’S have announced that their sale of the joint stock of the two London dealerships Hotspur and Jeremy will be at a dedicated auction at their King Street rooms on November 20.


International stand-off over tribal art sale in Paris

22 September 2008

PRE-COLOMBIAN art valued at €5m in total was withdrawn from sale in Paris on September 12 after the last-minute intervention of the Mexican Embassy.

Questions raised over Cosford rooms

22 September 2008

Trading Standards say they have received a number of complaints from unpaid consignors in the wake of the fine art sale held by Walker Barnett & Hill in June.

£80,000 jewellery theft at Ardingly

22 September 2008

MORE than £80,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from the Ardingly Showground on Wednesday, September 3.

Campaigners hopeful on resale right extension

22 September 2008

THE British Art Market Federation and other campaigners are cautiously optimistic that the government will agree not to extend the Artist’s Resale Right to the heirs of artists who have been dead for less than 70 years until 2012.

Tate’s £63.1m in gifts for 2007/8

22 September 2008

The Tate announced a record year for acquisitions in their 2007/8 Annual Report. The Tate Collection aquired 494 works, valued at £63.1m, of which 320 were gifts and bequests from collectors and artists.


Restaurant’s £5000 Greek legend

22 September 2008

This large three-section glass panel was designed and made by Paul Jefferies at the Whitefriars factory in 1966.

Gold spike in unstable market

22 September 2008

THE instability of stock markets led to sharp rises in the price of gold last week as investors took to buying precious metals as a safe haven from the financial turmoil seen across the globe.

Hurricane sees off Texas fairs

22 September 2008

Two major antiques fairs in Texas were cancelled as a result of Hurricane Ike.

Phillips’ Hip Hop jewel sale delayed

22 September 2008

Phillips de Pury’s Hip Hop Crown Jewels auction scheduled for October 1 in New York has been postponed until March 5, 2009.

Hirst sale facts

22 September 2008

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Confidential deal puts crystal ewer back on sale in London

15 September 2008

Following a confidential agreement between the parties involved, the Fatimid rock crystal ewer ‘sold’ for £220,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne will reappear at Christie’s next month with an estimate of over £3m.


For sale: the million-pound note

15 September 2008

Spink are to offer a £1m Treasury Note. Dated London 30 August 1948, and printed with the red serial number 000008, it is one of only two surviving examples from the nine thought to have been printed in connection with the Marshall Plan.