Stolen bronze in Surrey

13 June 2011

THIS bronze Zinfandel by equestrian sculptor Adrian Jones (1845-1938) was stolen earlier this month from a private house in Surrey.

Ketterer Kunst relocate in Hamburg

13 June 2011

GERMAN fine art auctioneers Ketterer Kunst will move their Hamburg branch to new premises later this month after ten years in the Messberghof.


Anyone for sphairistike?

10 June 2011

The OED lists ‘sphairistike’ as the name under which a certain Englishman, Major Walter Wingfield patented the equipment and rules for a new outdoor racquet and ball game in 1874.


Concern grows over Crossrail disruption

06 June 2011

DEALERS at Grays antiques centre in central London are fearing further damage to business as the massive Crossrail project at Bond Street enters a new stage this summer.

Bonhams to match Christie’s and Sotheby’s on premium

06 June 2011

BONHAMS have announced that they will increase their buyer’s premium on September 1.


Lowry makes £550,000 in Edinburgh

06 June 2011

ANOTHER major price for L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) came courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull's latest evening sale in Edinburgh, as The Hawker's Cart sold at £550,000 to a private buyer south of the border.


New Titanic record set at £220,000

06 June 2011

A VERY large, hand-drawn plan of the Titanic, used in the official inquiry after it sank in 1912, has sold for £220,000 at Wiltshire auction house, Henry Aldridge & Son.

Referendum bid raises stakes in battle for Portobello

06 June 2011

Supporters of the Save The Portobello Market Campaign called for a referendum on a directly elected mayor for Kensington and Chelsea.


£35m scroll underlines strength of Chinese art market

06 June 2011

IT took 50 bids and half an hour to auction this RMB370m (£35m) scroll, by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) at Beijing's China Guardian on May 22 – the latest demonstration of the breadth of mainland demand for modern Chinese paintings by the country's most acclaimed artists.

Portable Antiquities Scheme finds up by a third

06 June 2011

THE Portable Antiquities Scheme has recorded a 36 per cent increase in finds since improving its database in 2010 and making it easier to register discoveries.


Thieves target museum for rhino head

06 June 2011

A THEFT of a rhino head from a museum in Surrey is thought to have been motivated by the hugely valuable trade in rhino horn.

Trial and terror – an account in Robespierre’s own hand

06 June 2011

THE man who oversaw the French Revolution's 'reign of terror' but who finally met his end at the guillotine himself, Maximilien de Robespierre, was back on the block again at the end of last month as Sotheby's auctioned an extraordinary cache of documents in Paris.

Lowell Libson appointed to export review committee

06 June 2011

ED Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has appointed London art dealer Lowell Libson as a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.


Sixties swing in Dorset

02 June 2011

IT is symptomatic of the changes in the Poole pottery market that the joint top selling lot in a large specialist sale last month was a 1960s rimmed dish.

Murky case of embroideries ‘worth millions’

31 May 2011

A house clearer has won a High Court battle to regain possession of a pair of medieval embroideries thought to be worth millions after a longstanding dispute with a fine art specialist.


Lowry sets new Mod Brit high

31 May 2011

THE latest Modern British art sale at Christie's in London set a series of new benchmarks for the sector.


Ex-McTear’s staff launch new Glasgow saleroom

31 May 2011

GLASGOW acquired a new auction house last month when Mulberry Bank Auctions officially opened with a drinks reception on the evening of May 20.

Oliphant oak at £15,000

31 May 2011

DONNINGTON Priory saleroom Dreweatts sold the collection of Bob Oliphant as part of a wider-ranging auction of traditional art and antiques on May 24-25.

Bankrupt New Orleans Auction Galleries strike deal to continue trading

31 May 2011

ONE of the USA’s largest regional salerooms, New Orleans Auction Galleries, have filed for bankruptcy protection but struck a deal to keep trading that will ensure all consignors are paid.

Frieze launch new art fairs in London and New York

23 May 2011

THE organisers of the UK’s largest contemporary art fair, Frieze, are launching two new events for 2012.