Bacon triptych takes £12.25m at Sotheby’s

13 February 2013

Sotheby’s evening sale of Contemporary art in London was led by a Francis Bacon triptych which sold to a German collector at £12.25m.


Chinese works stolen from Gloucestershire saleroom

12 February 2013

Gloucestershire auctioneers Dominic Winter are offering a reward for information leading to the return of 42 lots which were stolen in a smash-and-grab raid on their South Cerney premises.

Decision to close firm a sign of the times, says Julian Agnew

12 February 2013

Mayfair gallery Agnew’s, the 195-year-old family business best known for Old Masters, will close on April 30 after exhibiting for the last time at ‘The European Fine Art Fair’ in Maastricht next month.


Fairytale ending at £29,500

11 February 2013

The highlight of the recent Decorative Art and Design sale conducted by Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet was this Wedgwood Fairyland lustre malfrey pot and cover designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945).

Haunch of Venison to make way for Christie’s private sales

11 February 2013

Christie’s have decided to close their Haunch of Venison dealership and focus all efforts on what has become the hottest area of competition between them and rivals Sotheby’s.

Piasa have designs on the Left Bank in Paris

11 February 2013

Paris auction house Piasa are making a bold leap across the Seine and opening a new saleroom on the rue du Bac, thereby becoming the first Parisian auctioneers to hold sales on the Left Bank.

Museum donation helps make fashionable acquisition

11 February 2013

The Design Museum has made its first significant fashion acquisition thanks to a donation by Jill Ritblat through the Art Fund.


Major Beatrix Potter collection heads to auction

08 February 2013

An important private collection of Beatrix Potter books, manuscripts, artwork, photographs, figurines and collectables is being offered for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions on February 27.


Christie’s to sell Andy Williams art collection

08 February 2013

The Modern and Contemporary art collection accumulated over a 60-year period by singer Andy Williams will be sold at auction later this year.


Haida totem pole in Dorset

08 February 2013

A 19th/early 20th century totem pole brightly painted and carved with a beaver, a bear, a whale and a surmounted eagle with outspread wings is to go under the hammer at Duke’s of Dorchester in Dorset on February 14.


London sales lift top end of the art market

07 February 2013

The latest sales of Impressionist and Modern art in London posted a strong overall performance as private buyers showed a growing appetite for works by major names.

Specialist organisers to run Bermondsey Market

05 February 2013

After more than 60 years of being operated by Southwark Council, Bermondsey Antiques Market has received a shot in the arm with the news that the famous Friday market in Bermondsey Square will be run by specialist antiques market operators Sherman & Waterman.


Police appeal over mystery antiques

05 February 2013

Police are appealing for owners of various antiques to come forward. The items – two brass vases, a gold cup, a Chinese vase, a gold frame of a picture of fruit, a gold frame of a picture of flowers and a gold watch - relate to an on-going criminal investigation. The items are currently in the care of the police.


Mackintosh cabinet offered without reserve takes £36,000

04 February 2013

This Arts and Crafts music cabinet, entered into a recent sale at Robertson’s of Kinbuck, near Dunblane, without reserve, turned out to be a hitherto lost design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


The first American porcelain – in Britain

04 February 2013

Students of American ceramic history have long been taught that the first successful producers of porcelain in North America were Gousse Bonnin (1741-c.1780) and George Anthony Morris (1741/5-73), who ran the short-lived American China Manufactory in Philadelphia between 1769 and 1772.


First silver dollar sets $8.5m world record for a coin

04 February 2013

Stack’s Bowers Galleries of Irvine, California, have set a new global auction record for a coin at a hammer price of $8.525m (£5.61m).

Peers challenge change in law on copyright

04 February 2013

Peers in the House of Lords have made a last-ditch plea to the Government to scrap plans to review design rights under copyright law.

Miami National joins same stable as Original Miami Beach fair

04 February 2013

Dolphin Promotions have sold the long-running ‘Miami National Antiques Show & Sale’ to US Antique Shows, a division of consumer and tradeshow producers GLM.


Wellby bequest is ‘best for a century’

04 February 2013

The collection of close to 500 silver and gold objects donated to the Ashmolean museum in Oxford by the late dealer-collector Michael Wellby has been described as the most important bequest of its type for over a century.

Timed auctions add new dimension to

04 February 2013

Results from the first timed auction on, hosted last month for McTear’s of Glasgow, indicate that this style of selling has a useful role to play alongside established live auctions of fine art and antiques.