They said what?! The week (26 March – 1 April, 2018) in quotes from the art and antiques world

01 April 2018

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others.


Tri-ang sell-out auction strikes a blow for the traditional toy market beyond Star Wars and Lego

30 March 2018

Despite Lego and Star Wars hogging the headlines when it comes to high prices paid out recently by toy collectors, the ‘old school’ has struck back to land a blow for more venerable brands.

Seized artworks.

Spanish dealers arrested after antiquities from Libya seized

30 March 2018

Antiquities looted from archaeological sites in Libya have been seized in Spain by police and two art dealers have been arrested.

Sotheby's New York headquarters

Sotheby’s announces ownership scheme for staff

29 March 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s has launched a share scheme for employees that it says will benefit 98% of its staff.


Complete set of Beatles autographs auctioned in the Cotswolds

29 March 2018

A set of Beatles autographs goes under the hammer in the Cotswolds next month.

LS Lowry drawings

Early LS Lowry drawings emerge at Kent auction

29 March 2018

A cache of early LS Lowry (1887-1976) drawings from a deceased estate in Cheshire is estimated to sell for a combined £150,000 at Bentleys Fine Art Auctioneers in Cranbrook, Kent.


Banned Georgian sex manual sells for 30 times estimate in Derbyshire

28 March 2018

A once-banned Georgian manual containing the ‘secrets of sex’ flew past its estimate in a Derbyshire auction yesterday.


Sell-out sale of Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali's collection takes more than £9.5m at Bonhams

28 March 2018

The paintings, antiques, sculptures and objets d’art of the late Saudi Arabian billionaire Walid Juffali (1955-2016) sold out at Bonhams in a white-glove sale.

Darth Vader

Early and rare Darth Vader figure among stand out lots in US auction of Kenner Star Wars toys

28 March 2018

The sale of a well-known collection of Star Wars production figures has set new price levels at a Pennsylvania auction.

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Saleroom selection: five lots from former V&A director’s collection offered at auction

27 March 2018

Works from the collection of Dr Alan Borg, former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, will be offered at auction tomorrow at London saleroom 25 Blythe Road with estimates ranging from £100 up to £1000.

Gosvenor Museum

Charitable trust buys French rococo chairs for Chester museum collection

27 March 2018

A charitable trust has bought two pairs of 18th century French chairs from National Galleries of Scotland for a museum in Chester.


Nazi-looted Cranach painting returned to rightful heirs to be sold at Christie’s Old Masters auction

27 March 2018

An Old Master portrait missing for nearly 80 years has been returned to the heirs of Dutch banker and art collector Fritz Gutmann. They now plan to auction the picture with an estimate of $1m-2m.


Dealer Ronald Phillips offers 35 key objects in Chippendale selling exhibition at London gallery and Masterpiece this summer

26 March 2018

Ronald Phillips will host an exhibition of Chippendale furniture at its Bruton Street gallery and at Masterpiece London to mark the tercentenary of his birth.

Ivory debate

Expert panel discusses controversial ivory trade ban at The Courtauld Institute

26 March 2018

How an ivory ban proposed by government will actually work is the focus for the art market, according to a panel of experts at The Courtauld Institute.

Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath’s copy of her novel ‘The Bell Jar’ is top lot at Bonhams auction

26 March 2018

Sylvia Plath’s personal copy of the first edition of her only novel was the top lot in a sale of the ‘Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes: The Property of Frieda Hughes’ sale at Bonhams.


Kensington Church Street dealers ask trade to be vigilant following thefts

26 March 2018

A thief who targeted Kensington Church Street dealers is believed to have struck again.


They said what?! The week (19-25 March, 2018) in quotes from the art and antiques world

25 March 2018

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others.


Browse & Darby stages exhibition of William Coldstream paintings

24 March 2018

This week, Cork Street gallery Browse & Darby opened a loan exhibition of the works of British realist painter William Coldstream (1908-87) this week.

Head of John the Baptist by Cesare da Sesto

Buyers pack the aisles at Salon du Dessin opening

23 March 2018

The Salon du Dessin opened this week for its 27th edition at the Palais Brongniart in the Bourse district of Paris. There was the usual mix of languages at this international event that draws collectors, dealers and curators to Paris from far afield to see what new discoveries the 39 exhibitors have bought to the specialist works on paper fair.

Mossgreen auction

Mossgreen consignors to appear at court hearing in Sydney over collection fees

23 March 2018

A large number of Mossgreen consignors are rapidly preparing their case to challenge the collection fees being charged by the administrators of the collapsed Australian auction house.