Dealers head to warmer climes as Miami comes alive

13 December 2012

While the UK art and antiques scene almost grinds to a halt over Christmas and January, Miami truly comes alive.


The earliest surviving poster of Mickey Mouse

13 December 2012

A 1928 movie poster of Mickey Mouse, thought to be the earliest surviving poster of the Walt Disney character, has fetched $85,000 (£56,000) at auction in Dallas, Texas.


American fairs scene gears up for this winter’s continental drift

13 December 2012

The global art market moves firmly to North America in the New Year – first to New York for the series of events that have grown up around the venerable ‘Winter Antiques Show’ (January 25-February 3) and then to Florida for warmer climes and the ‘Original Miami Beach Show’ (January 31-February 4).


Railway poster from 1928 taken to new high

13 December 2012

Designed for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, a 1928 poster by Cassandre (1901-68) sold at Swann Auction Galleries of New York for what is believed to be a record for the sought-after poster designer at auction.


Art and Crafts rarities emerge in New Jersey

13 December 2012

The 20th/21st Century Design sale at Rago Arts of Lambertville, New Jersey on October 26-28 included this exceptional enamel by Alexander Fisher (1864-1936).

Wine industry bid to regulate investment

11 December 2012

The failure of wine investment funds to the tune of around £100m in the past four years has prompted the industry to set up a regulatory body to police such ventures.


Martin Bros at their best

10 December 2012

While anthropomorphic bird figures have long been seen as the most desirable products of the Martin Brothers’ art pottery, recently there has been an upsurge in demand for their equally characterful grotesque models.


Back in business with a £2m treasure

10 December 2012

Ritchies, the Toronto auction house founded in 1967 and declared bankrupt in 2009, are trading again. And in spectacular style.


Two jailed as dealer returns £500,000 Moore sold for £46

10 December 2012

Two men have been sentenced to a year in jail after admitting the theft of a sundial sculpture and bronze plinth from the Henry Moore Foundation.

New York case puts moral rights back in the spotlight

10 December 2012

A recent court case in New York has reinforced the importance of the often overlooked issue of artists’ moral rights.


Raphael drawing tops Old Master series taking £26.5m at Sotheby’s

06 December 2012

It took over 15 minutes to sell, but when the gavel finally came down at £26.5m the Raphael from Chatsworth had become the second most expensive Old Master ever sold at auction – and the priciest drawing of all time.


Märklin’s Holborn station takes £41,000

03 December 2012

Back in 1998 Lacy Scott & Knight of Bury St Edmunds were instructed by local art teacher and model enthusiast John Clibbon to sell the majority of a large collection of tinplate toys.

Struggling National fair is cancelled

03 December 2012

Clarion Events have decided to cancel ‘The National Fine Arts and Antiques Fair’, scheduled for January 16-20 at Birmingham’s NEC because of a lack of exhibitors.

Flood delays Steven B. Bruce sale

03 December 2012

Steven B. Bruce of Warwickshire have postponed their December sales following the latest in an unfortunate series of events which have disrupted their sales programme.

Consignors concerned about Prospect firm

03 December 2012

Mystery surrounds the future of Prospect Auction Rooms in Hampshire, which seems to have shut.


Rarities reinforce Leica as the world's most sought-after camera

03 December 2012

Leica cameras proved one of the must-have auction prizes in recent sales with record prices at Westlicht in Vienna and Bonhams Hong Kong.


Bullish spending at Russian art sales as Coachman delivers £3.9m

30 November 2012

With London now accustomed to high levels of spending by private Russian buyers, the latest auctions in this sector once again produced some eye-catching prices for particular lots.


Cloisonné vases at Cheshire sale

30 November 2012

A pair of 2ft 3in (71cm) high Elkington & Co cloisonné vases with ornate ormolu mounts will be offered on December 13-14 by Cheshire auctioneers Adam Partridge.


Portraits from an artist’s studio

30 November 2012

Fellows of Birmingham will include paintings from the studio of portraitist Howard James Morgan (b.1949) in their next sale on December 11.


The sword of Catherine the Great’s bodyguard

30 November 2012

A gold sword that belonged to the bodyguard of Empress Catherine II of Russia is estimated at £40,000-60,000 in Thomas Del Mar’s December 5 Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria sale in West Kensington, London.