Mini in miniature sells at £600

29 December 2011

The range of British die-casts is so massive that enthusiasts tend to narrow the field and collect either by factory, period, vehicle type, category – or a combination of these. Nostalgia has a big part to play.


Ireland sale sets a gold standard

29 December 2011

VECTIS have auctioned some exceptional Dinky collections over the past decade, but what made the David Ireland collection sale stand out was quality over quantity.


Rabett collection sees fine pistols return to the market

28 December 2011

Old collections are the lifeblood of the arms and armour market, bringing carefully selected items with cast-iron provenance back to the market.


Moorcroft Boy wins again

21 December 2011

Moorcroft Boy recorded one of the great comebacks in racing history when he recovered from a horrific injury at Aintree in 1995 to win the Scottish National the following year.

Thieves target Mouseman in North Yorkshire

19 December 2011

A SPATE of raids between October and December have seen pieces of furniture by Robert Thompson stolen from rural churches in Yorkshire.

Tax break now for giving while you’re still living

19 December 2011

MORE cash has been made available to provide tax breaks for people who donate art to public institutions – and now it can apply during their lifetime.


A classic piece of Restoration at £105,000

19 December 2011

THIS well-preserved Charles II delft portrait charger established a new house record for Rosebery's of West Norwood in south east London on December 13 with a hammer price of £105,000.

EU impact study on Resale Right inconclusive

19 December 2011

THE European Commission Impact Study on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) has not been able to establish how far the Right’s introduction is linked to the recent decline in the European art market.


Andro Gilmour makes his mark

17 December 2011

ONLY two Scottish 17th century lace-back spoons are recorded by the National Museum of Scotland so this example offered by Dreweatts at Donnington Priory was quite a rarity.


Local landmark takes Flight

17 December 2011

FAME, rarity and the finest provenance propelled a c.1795 gilded and painted Worcester vase and cover to a predictable top spot at the latest sale held by Brightwells at Leominster.

Artists' Resale Right: something can still be done

12 December 2011

ALL may not be lost as the Artists' Resale Right is extended on January 1.

Campaigners celebrate victory over Burlington Arcade plans

12 December 2011

SILVER dealer Daniel Bexfield has claimed a moral victory over the Burlington Arcade planning row after most of the controversial proposals were withdrawn – and others turned down at the consultation meeting on December 8.

Online advisers directory

12 December 2011

PROFESSIONAL Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM) has launched an online directory of professional members.


Brueghel leads London’s Old Masters series

12 December 2011

THE strong competition that emerged for some of the most exciting pictures at the latest Old Master sales in London helped lift the series and compensated for the lack of interest at lower levels.


Maiolica dish well worth the 30-year wait

12 December 2011

This previously unrecorded and beautifully painted dish, dated 1537, by the maiolica artist Francesco Xanto Avelli (c.1486-1542) sold for £325,000 at Lyon & Turnbull's latest in Edinburgh.


Records in Hong Kong despite Chinese credit squeeze

12 December 2011

THE selectivity in the Chinese ceramics and works of art market seen in London in early November was repeated during Christie’s and Bonhams’ latest Asian series in Hong Kong.


Lewis collection invigorates Australian art market

12 December 2011

IT was a sale tipped to defy a generally lacklustre market, and boy did it deliver! Some 590 items from the estate of Dr Ann Lewis were auctioned by Mossgreen on November 7 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.


Upturn sees Lalique stand alone again

10 December 2011

ONE pointer to the buoyancy of a particular collecting field is whether or not it merits its own dedicated sale.


That’s the ticket – fares rise to £3200

05 December 2011

DOMINIC Winter, who included the Alfred A. Charleswoth collection of old railway tickets as part of their recent collectors' and transport sale, had only a limited track record on which to rely – they sold a rare ticket for around £2000 some seven years ago.


Benois’ set design at record £195,000

05 December 2011

A HIGHLIGHT of the autumn Russian art series in London was Sotheby's sell-out 127-lot sale of works from the family of Alexander Benois (1870-1960), a name synonymous with the Ballet Russes.