Stanley Gibbons

Hornby owner buys stake in Stanley Gibbons Group to help reduce debt

23 February 2018

Stamp and coin dealership Stanley Gibbons Group has sold a stake to the owner of model railway and collectables retailer Hornby to help pay down debt.

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The First World War Victoria Cross winner whose tea rooms were bombed to bits in the Second World War

23 February 2018

Having suffered five wounds and been taken prisoner in the First World War, fortune could have smiled more favourably on Victoria Cross winner Corporal Sidney Day by the time the 1939-45 conflict came around.


Handbags at dawn: Dispute between Christie’s and Heritage Auctions over three handbag specialists heads to US court

23 February 2018

A dispute between Dallas-based Heritage Auctions and Christie’s over the employment of Matthew Rubinger and two colleagues is heading to a US court.

John Martin

Government issues export bar for John Martin watercolour in hope of finding UK buyer

22 February 2018

A £1.5m watercolour by British artist John Martin has been barred from export in the hope a buyer in the UK can be found.

ABA Books

Sir David Attenborough will open the ABA Rare Book Fair in new Battersea venue

22 February 2018

The ABA Rare Book Fair will be opened by Sir David Attenborough this year as it launches in its new Battersea venue.

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From Picasso portraits to porcelain dinner services: take a tour around the Rockefeller collection ahead of Christie’s auction – video

22 February 2018

As the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller goes on view in London, ATG takes a tour around Christie’s exhibition of key lots ahead of what could be the most valuable single-owner sale ever held.


Insolvency Service investigation leads to disqualification of Football Sport Auctions director

22 February 2018

Football Sport Auctions (FSA) director Andrew John Lane has been disqualified from being a company director for 10 years following the liquidation of the company in April 2016.

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New York’s Met Museum wins bidding for early American teapot at Salisbury auction – video

21 February 2018

An early American porcelain teapot sold for £460,000 at a Woolley & Wallis auction in Salisbury this week is now on its way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


René Boivin Starfish brooch doubles estimate at Paris jewellery auction

21 February 2018

A ruby and amethyst set Starfish brooch, one of the signature designs from the French jewellery house René Boivin, was the toast of the jewellery sale held by French auction firm Chayette et Cheval in Paris.

Wheal Owles

Key Cornwall landscapes by Peter Lanyon star in Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert exhibition – video

21 February 2018

Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert’s current exhibition features the art of Modern British artist Peter Lanyon (1918-64).

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The Joyce Paretti collection of perfume bottles – 12 auction highlights from £500 to £5000

21 February 2018

Multi-estimate results greeted the Joyce Paretti collection of perfume bottles sold by John Nicholson’s of Fernhurst in two instalments.

John Bartlam Cain Hoy teapot

Early American teapot sells at £460,000 as vendor makes huge return on £15 purchase

20 February 2018

A previously unrecorded teapot attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory sold at a Woolley & Wallis auction today for £460,000. The vendor of the teapot, a private collector from south-west of England, had bought it recently in the Midlands for just £15.

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Concorde nose cone set to soar at auction

20 February 2018

A saleroom that sold a selection of items related to the Dambusters has moved on about 30 years for its latest aviation lot: a nose cone from Concorde.

Book of Hours

Louvre secures funding from 8500 donors to buy £8m Book of Hours once owned by Francis I of France

20 February 2018

The Louvre Museum in Paris has raised more than £8m to buy a jewel-encrusted Book of Hours.

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Spink-sponsored British Museum exhibition aims to bring numismatics to the public

20 February 2018

The British Museum is to hold an exhibition on money and medals in a tie-up with specialist London coin and stamp auction Spink.

Peggy and David Rockefeller

Collection of billionaire American philanthropists Peggy and David Rockefeller goes on show in London as part of world tour ahead of ‘sale of the century’ auction

19 February 2018

What could become the most valuable collection ever auctioned is going on show in London this week.


Good boy, good buy: Terrier portrait tops sale at Batemans Auctioneers

19 February 2018

Among the leading sellers at Batemans’ recent auction was this portrait of a small terrier.

Venus and Adonis

Sotheby’s second erotic sale topped by sensual painting of mythological lovers

19 February 2018

Sotheby’s second annual sale of erotic art last week totalled £3.7m, falling somewhat short of expectations and last year’s results.

Download your free e-book: 50 Great Objects

19 February 2018

50 Great Objects is a new anthology of unique items, celebrating great art, provenance and craftsmanship. It is free to download for all digital subscribers to Antiques Trade Gazette.

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From Coco Chanel’s bedroom furniture to a Louis XVI style dog basket – 5 highlights from Artcurial’s auction of items from The Ritz hotel

19 February 2018

It’s a name synonymous with luxury. The Ritz in Paris has been accommodating the rich and famous for 120 years since César Ritz opened the doors of his hotel on the Place Vendôme to the public on June 1, 1898.