North America


Clock with Whittington chimes sells at $310,000 in Pennsylvania

27 May 2008

This remarkable late 19th century English longcase clock offered for sale in Pennsylvania last month showed late Victorian design at its most confident.

New deal to secure Palm Beach

21 May 2008

A RADICAL shake-up in the overall organisation, marketing and direction of Palm Beach | America's International Fine Art & Antiques Fair is underway. It will guarantee the future security of the event as a premier American fixture for the next five years and bring in a number of top dealers as part of the organisation.

Details of the premium rise

19 May 2008

As of June 1, Sotheby’s auctions in New York and London will be subject to new buyer’s premium thresholds that will hit further buyers of ‘middle range’ art and antiques.


Contemporary sales in New York total close to $1bn

19 May 2008

THE gargantuan sums of money being spent at the top end of the contemporary art market continued unabated as the latest sales series in New York saw a staggering overall premium-inclusive total of $990m.

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Impressionist and Modern sales solid in New York

12 May 2008

Fears that New York’s flagship May sales might usher in a market meltdown were allayed last week as Sotheby’s and Christie’s posted solid results for Impressionist and Modern art.

Largest private art sale ever at $600m

12 May 2008

One collection that Sotheby's and Christie's will not be selling this season is that of Ileana Sonnabend. In what has been described as the largest private sale of art ever, the heirs of the legendary New York dealer who died in October 2007 have recently parted with some $600m worth of paintings and sculptures (including Jeff Koons’ 1986 Rabbit valued at $80m) to cover their estate taxes.

Stair to hold Salander sale

12 May 2008

After weeks of legal wrangling, permission has finally been granted to sell property from the bankrupt Manhattan Old Master dealership Salander-O'Reilly Gallery.


Louvre acquire ‘withdrawn’ royal French jewel

29 April 2008

The Louvre have secured the return of a French Crown Jewel after 121 years, through a private sale with Christie’s New York.

Protecting art from dealers' creditors in New York

21 April 2008

CONCERN over credit rules in New York has led a lawyer to draw up guidelines to protect the rights of anyone consigning art to dealers for sale there.


Photo could be over 200 years old

14 April 2008

An image that may rewrite the history of photography has been withdrawn from a Sotheby’s New York sale pending further research.

Seven charged in vast international fake prints fraud

02 April 2008

Three Europeans and four Americans have been charged following the breaking of two international rings involved in the manufacture and distribution of fake 20th century prints.

Spink acquire New York’s Smythe

17 March 2008

SPINK have taken another step in their bid to become global brand leaders in their field with another major acquisition in the United States. Last week they announced the purchase of New York’s oldest established coins dealers and auctioneers, R.M. Smythe & Company.

Fraudster poses as buyer to get away with auction find

10 March 2008

A FRAUDSTER has tricked a US auction house into handing over a valuable Japanese artwork by posing as the representative of the buyer, an English dealer. It is thought they targeted the piece after realising that it was worth a great deal more than it sold for.


Two chances to gain an early impression…

10 March 2008

Two works by big league Impressionists dating from the early years of the movement are in the spotlight this spring.

New management division for US shows

11 February 2008

Dmg World Media are bringing together their extensive American art and antiques fairs network under a new management division based in San Francisco called Art & Antiques Fairs, North America.


Bonhams unveil ambitious plans for Edinburgh and New York

28 January 2008

Bonhams have announced the location of two major new salerooms – in Edinburgh and New York.

US to keep $19m Magna Carta in DC National Archives

21 December 2007

The last privately owned copy of Magna Carta will remain in the USA after its $19m (£9.8m) purchase by billionaire David Rubenstein.

Haughtons change Asian art fair date and venue

21 December 2007

London-based organisers Brian and Anna Haughton have changed the dates and venue of their 13th annual International Asian Art Fair in New York.

Something to raise the Christmas spirits

18 December 2007

Christie’s held the first auction of spirits in New York since Prohibition on December 8.


Is this the finest sculpture on earth?

10 December 2007

It is only 3.25in (8cm) high, but it made more than any sculpture or antiquity ever offered at auction.



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