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.

Rosebery’s to hold auctions in the West End

15 September 2008

In October, South London auctioneers Rosebery’s will be conducting their inaugural auction in St James’s.

Auctioneer presents fresh evidence for Psaier’s works

15 September 2008

SUSSEX auctioneer John Nicholson has come forward with primary source evidence to establish the existence of artist Pietro Psaier and his links with Andy Warhol.


British Library wins unique key to medieval English heraldry

15 September 2008

The British Library has secured the oldest surviving roll of arms in English history after a successful fundraising effort to keep it in the UK. The Dering Roll dates from the last quarter of the 13th century and depicts 324 coats of arms, approximately a quarter of the English baronage during the time of Edward I, making it a vital record for the study of heraldry in medieval England.

Auction house back in business after the hurricane

15 September 2008

Neal Auction Company of New Orleans have now returned to the city after ten days away under mandatory hurricane evacuation orders and the loss of electrical services.

Good start for Fiona Bruce

15 September 2008

FIONA Bruce's debut as presenter of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow on Sunday, September 7 saw an average of 6.1m viewers across the 8pm hour-long shot.


Medieval treasure carved from a single piece of rock crystal

15 September 2008

Few objects evoke the richness of medieval Islamic culture as much as the small group of carved rock crystal ewers made for the court of the Fatimid rulers of Cairo in the late 10th and early 11th centuries.


New verification service for art salvaged from the street

05 September 2008

STREET art by Banksy – until now a problem area at auction because of authentication – is about to be brought in from the cold thanks to a new independent verification body.

Weak dollar hits exports – but not for fine art

05 September 2008

TOTAL exports outside the European Union of art and antiques from the UK remained static in 2007, while total imports rose by seven per cent. However, the details show a more dramatic picture in some sectors, indicating, perhaps above all, the effect of the weak dollar against the pound.

Dreweatts to sell antiques again in Godalming rooms

05 September 2008

Dreweatts are to begin holding sales again in Godalming, Surrey. The former Hamptons salerooms, acquired by The Fine Art Auction Group in 2005, have operated only as an origination and valuation office since January 2007 but will return to action on October 28 with a catalogue of silver and jewellery.


Medal celebrating quashing of tobacco duties makes £4600

05 September 2008

This rare medal by the Glasgow silversmith Robert Gray & Son from c.1807 commemorates a successful campaign of the previous year to resist imposition of duties on the local tobacco trade.

Antiquarius plans rejected for second time

05 September 2008

THE owners of the King’s Road antiques centre Antiquarius have had their plans to redevelop the premises rejected by the council for the second time.

Portobello – officially a Great Street

05 September 2008

Portobello Road is one of three finalists for the Great Street Award 2009.

Four more days for Asian Art

05 September 2008

Asian Art in London 2008 has been extended by four days.


New book on the furniture of Scottish folk

05 September 2008

With Bernard Cotton's scholarly new book on Scottish Vernacular Furniture coming out soon, where better to promote the event than North of the Border?

Beware of swapped labels says dealer

05 September 2008

A DEALER from Exeter has called on members of the trade to beware of opportunists conning sellers by swapping price labels when they purchase antiques.

Football challenge goes to penalties

05 September 2008

The sixth annual Dealers vs Auctioneers charity football match was the most closely fought yet seen at the Bank of England sports ground, Roehampton, home to the event since its inception.

Rent rises hit Bond Street dealers

01 September 2008

Art and antiques dealers trading on and around Bond Street in London are facing massive rent hikes as global brands vie for space in the world's top shopping destinations.

Amazon buy top internet marketplace Abebooks

01 September 2008

Online retail giant have announced their intention to purchase AbeBooks, the most important internet marketplace for rare and out-of-print books.


The $50 gold coin that became a $500,000 rarity

01 September 2008

A gold pattern Chinese coin picturing Chang Tso Lin (1875-1928) was dubbed 'one of the rarest coins in the world' by A.H. Baldwin & Sons and Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Co Ltd who offered it for sale in Hong Kong on August 28.


The infant Hercules takes £29,000 at Norfolk salvage sale

01 September 2008

Whilst perhaps better known for selling reclaimed building materials, T.W. Gaze of Diss in Norfolk consistently attract lots of a more decorative nature in their five architectural sales each year. Their August 16 sale included this very fine quality early 18th century marble study of a boy holding aloft a bearded mask.