Frieze Week juggernaut arrives in London

15 October 2013

This week is Frieze Week in London, a flurry of fairs, exhibitions and sales including the opening of the Contemporary art giant Frieze London.

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Moorcroft with a $27,000 silver lining

14 October 2013

Estimated to sell for $800-1200, this loving cup combining the talents of William Moorcroft and the San Francisco jewellers Shreve & Co. sold for $27,000 (£17,650) at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California.

Partridge strikes deal with Cheyne

14 October 2013

Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, currently marking their five-year anniversary with a string of specialist sales, have acquired the established auction business of Patrick Cheyne based in Hale, Altrincham.

Appeal to trade over Stuart Porter fraud probe

14 October 2013

Officers carrying out a fraud investigation at Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford are asking any small dealers who rented space at the premises to contact them.

New record for white diamond

14 October 2013

Sotheby’s crowned their five-day HK$4.2bn (£354.5m) sales series in Hong Kong this month with a record price for a white diamond.

Sotheby’s announce rights issue to fend off Loeb

11 October 2013

Sotheby’s board of directors have moved to counter increasing pressure for change from investor Daniel Loeb by issuing shareholders with new rights to acquire company stock.

Nobel Peace medal thief is jailed

10 October 2013

A Nobel Peace Prize medal stolen from the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House in Newcastle is still missing despite a 21-year-old man being jailed for the theft.

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LAPADA celebrate £550,000 beano

10 October 2013

Bizarre, bonkers and not quite on the wall – the Bush Beano charity evening at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square on September 28 was refreshingly different for an antiques fair.

Stand-off as investor calls for Ruprecht to quit Sotheby’s

10 October 2013

Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point hedge fund has acquired almost 10% of Sotheby’s stock, has called for the auction house’s chief executive and chairman, Bill Ruprecht, to step down.

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War sculpture takes £46,000 at Duke’s

10 October 2013

This small sculpture conveying the raw horror of the First World War attracted serious competition at Duke’s of Dorchester.

New free trade zone opens in Shanghai

10 October 2013

Christie’s mainland Chinese debut, the First Shanghai Auction on September 26, coincided with the opening of a free-trade zone in Shanghai.

New-look website for Asian Art in London

10 October 2013

The 16th staging of Asian Art in London from October 31 to November 9 is heralded by a new-look website.

Show us why you should be backed as an art dealer

10 October 2013

Be Smart About Art have announced a competition for aspiring art dealers to win prizes and discounts worth over £2000 towards attending their Art Dealers Bootcamp, an intensive three-day course from February 3-5, 2014.

Cheque fraudsters jailed over fairs con

10 October 2013

Three fraudsters have been sentenced for a widespread scam using dud cheques at antiques fairs across the country.

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Young Guns reload for Antiques for Everyone pavilion

10 October 2013

Some of the group of youthful dealers who make up ‘Young Guns of the Antiques Trade’ have clubbed together to exhibit in their own pavilion at the ‘Antiques for Everyone’ fair next at the NEC, Birmingham from October 31 to November 3.

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Discarded by a Norman potter, jug made for Derbyshire family brings £30,000

10 October 2013

In January 1862, while draining a field close to the site of Duffield Castle in Derbyshire, workmen from the Kedleston estate happened upon a quantity of ancient pottery shards.

Watercolours fair name change

09 October 2013

The ‘Watercolours’ fair returns for its fifth year at the Science Museum, from February 6-8.

Danny Katz to move and hold sale at Sotheby’s

04 October 2013

As London works of art dealer Danny Katz moves to new premises off Berkeley Square, Sotheby’s are to sell works from his Bond Street gallery.

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Matteo Sellas guitar strikes a £48,000 chord

04 October 2013

There was a great deal of international interest, particularly from institutions, when this five-course baroque guitar by Matteo Sellas of Venice, from the second quarter of the 17th century, was offered at Gardiner Houlgate’s September 19-20 sale in Bath.

Christie’s achieve £16.3m on their China debut

04 October 2013

Christie’s successfully completed their first auction in mainland China on September 26.