The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

Spink chief joins Dreweatt Neate group

14 December 2005

PAUL Barthaud, who has just stepped down as executive director of Spink, is the new chief operating officer for the Fine Art Auction Group.

Christie’s £6m Partridge sale – New York in May

14 December 2005

CHRISTIE’s will stage a sale of 200 items from Partridge’s stock in New York next May.

Sworders absorb Olivers and build for the future

05 December 2005

GROWING Essex auctioneers Sworders have expanded their reach into Suffolk with the acquisition of the venerable Sudbury firm Olivers. Plans are also underway for a new auction centre situated on a brownfield site just north of their current location in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Sotheby’s up the stakes as they extend credit facility by $50m

05 December 2005

Sotheby’s have extended their credit facility by $50m to $250m, bringing them greater room for manoeuvre in competing for business.

Bloomsbury prove themselves top swots

05 December 2005

Christie’s and ATG teams follow in close second on quiz night

Sotheby’s see off casino bid to stay at Olympia

25 November 2005

EC&O agree ten-year lease as they drop MGM partnership


A century on, heirlooms claim £187,000

19 November 2005

The final 51 lots of Woolley & Wallis’s sale on October 19 comprised the Fauconberg & Conyers Heirlooms.

Christie’s to sell Turpin’s stock and collection

19 November 2005

The stock-in-trade and private collection of Maurice Turpin who died in March, will be sold by Christie’s in London next spring. Two sales, on March 9 and 14, will offer over 800 items and are estimated to fetch over £2m.


Walpole crest helps set record for nutmeg grater

19 November 2005

The second tranche of a private collection of nutmeg graters was offered at Woolley & Wallis’ October 19 sale.


A day in the life of the Martin Brothers

12 November 2005

“Someday,” wrote The Times in August 1912, “collectors will ransack the town for Martin’s artistic stonewares.”


The extraordinary tale of Grace under pressure

08 November 2005

The cosy Dorset town of Sherborne is not usually associated with bloody revolution and armed struggle, but Sherborne-based Charterhouse Auctioneers have unearthed two items redolent with memories of the American Revolution.

Take-over aims to transform UK coins market

08 November 2005

COIN dealers Noble Investments have announced the acquisition of Baldwin’s, the London-based coin dealers and auctioneers, in a reverse take-over.


The pinnacle of Chinese taste

08 November 2005

The emerging class of wealthy Chinese buyers continues to boost the top-end of the art and antiques market in the Far East. So it wasn’t a huge surprise that Sotheby’s set a house record in this autumn’s Hong Kong series, taking HK$850.9m (£61.7m) from seven sales.


Bonhams fly the flag to launch a new era

25 October 2005

BY IVAN MACQUISTENROBERT Brooks has been nailing his colours to the mast in more ways than one in the past week.

Christie’s in China Forever

25 October 2005

Christie’s, the first Western auction house to establish a representative office in China in 1994, have joined forces with Forever, a newly-established Beijing-based auction house, to hold their first sale in mainland China next month.


Helping with the church funds...

25 October 2005

Setting a new house record for Holloways of Banbury, this enigmatic alabaster urn shot to £170,000 (plus 15% buyer’s premium) on October 18.


Not big money but it’s still a model market

22 October 2005

THE 20th century fashion and accessories sales at Christie’s South Kensington (20/12% buyer’s premium) are not the firm’s biggest money-spinners.

Now there’s another delay in collusion payments Red tape means a further two or three months’ wait

18 October 2005

Red tape continues to delay compensation payments in the Sotheby’s/Christie’s collusion case, despite assurances that they would be made by the end of September.

Spink warrant

18 October 2005

London coin and stamp specialists Spink have been awarded an additional Royal Warrant for their services in philately.

Artcurial win ‘Tajan’

18 October 2005

A French court has upheld the right of Paris auction firm Artcurial to use the name F. Tajan in their full title Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.