German war artist emerges 65 years on

28 March 2011

ONE of Germany’s official war artists, Roman Zenzinger, who has long remained in the shadows because of his apparent hatred of the Nazis, is now having his works bought to light.

Major recovery in UK’s art imports and exports

21 March 2011

THE latest imports and exports figures have shown a major recovery in the value of art and antiques traded annually between the UK and overseas.


The £43m vase – separating the gossip from the facts

21 March 2011

Amid all the speculation surrounding payment for the Qianlong Imperial vase sold at Bainbridge’s of Ruislip for £43m hammer, Peter Bainbridge, who has been tight-lipped about the state of affairs in recent weeks, has now told his local newspaper that the sale is going through.


Paul de Lamerie silver salts take £19,000 in Derby

21 March 2011

A SET of four George II silver salts by the celebrated Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) sold for a double-estimate £19,000 at Hansons' latest sale at the Mackworth Hotel in Derby.

Lisa King resigns from Christie’s

21 March 2011

CHRISTIE’S chief operating officer, Lisa King, has resigned from the firm after only a year in her new role.


Churchill through the lens

21 March 2011

CHURCHILL impersonator Derek Herbert was in Towcester on March 16 to aid Northamptonshire auctioneer Jonathan Humbert in the sale of a pair of acetate tortoiseshell-effect reading glasses that belonged to Sir Winston.

New auction house for Silverstone

21 March 2011

A NEW auction house based at the Silverstone race track opened for business in February.


Over-the-counter gem in Petersfield

14 March 2011

HAMPSHIRE auctioneers Jacobs & Hunt of Petersfield achieved a new house record when they sold this 17th century Italian specimen marble plaque for £37,000 last month.

Dealers and organisers agree on way forward for Olympia

14 March 2011

A JOINT initiative by Clarion Events and the Fairs Forum of dealers promises to re-establish the Summer Olympia fair as a broader-based marketplace this June.

Supreme Court hears Star Wars copyright case

14 March 2011

DETERMINING whether something is an artwork or not is at the centre of an appeal to the UK Supreme Court in a copyright dispute between Star Wars producer George Lucas and one of his former prop makers.


Sotheby’s relive Gagarin’s triumph 50 years on

14 March 2011

ON April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin blasted out of the earth’s atmosphere in the Vostok 3KA-3 Space Capsule, becoming the first man to travel into space.

HMRC launch new online guide to record keeping for small businesses

14 March 2011

CUSTOMS & Excise (HMRC) have launched a new guide through Business Link to advise small businesses on the records they are obliged to keep.

Christchurch dealer fights to save his stock

14 March 2011

REPORTS from Christchurch in New Zealand reveal that an antiques dealer is appealing for help to retrieve his stock before the army demolishes his damaged shop.


Thieves break into saleroom and take lots awaiting collection

14 March 2011

ON the evening of Tuesday, March 1 thieves broke into Willingham Auctions and stole four fruit-decorated Royal Worcester vases.

New auction house for Guernsey

14 March 2011

AFTER 26 years working with Martel Maides, Norman Wilkinson has established his own firm of Channel Islands Auctions Ltd.


Profitable journey from Suffolk to Sydney

14 March 2011

A PICTURE discovered in a Suffolk village has sold for Aus$132,000 (£85,715) in Bonhams' saleroom in Sydney, Australia.

Dreweatts head for the racecourse

14 March 2011

DREWEATTS auctioneers have announced that they will make their first sortie into the racing world by sponsoring a race at Newbury Racecourse on Friday, April 15.

Shelley show to mark anniversary

14 March 2011

STOKE on Trent will shortly host the largest exhibition of Shelley and Wileman ceramics since the factory’s closure in 1966.

China pushes UK art market into third place

14 March 2011

CHINA has pushed the United Kingdom into third place as a player in the world art market and is now second only to the United States.


Dinky’s South African odyssey finally brings rewards

12 March 2011

SOUTH Africa’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth in 1961 brought with it hefty import taxes on finished luxury goods: a difficult moment for Meccano, for whom the colonies were key markets.