North America

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.

Two January Armory fairs under threat

19 November 2007

Stella Show Management have said that Antiques at the Armory, the January 18-20 antiques show at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, will go ahead as planned.

Salander to go bankrupt

12 November 2007

Lawrence B. Salander, the embattled Manhattan art dealer, has filed for Chapter 11 personal bankruptcy protection citing debts of between $50m and $100m.

NY Asia Week: downtown fair moves upmarket

05 November 2007

DATE changes for Arts of Pacific Asia at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue mean the event effectively launches the 2008 New York Spring Asia Week.

Arthur James to move out of Delray Beach

05 November 2007

Leading Florida auction business Arthur James Galleries of Delray Beach is for sale.

Now bank reveals $40m claim against Salander-O’Reilly

05 November 2007

A private San Francisco bank has emerged as one of the largest creditors of Salander-O’Reilly Galleries.

Weak dollar leads to US antiques gold rush online

05 November 2007

Auction houses and antiques malls in the United States are reporting a surge in overseas buying on the internet thanks to the weak dollar.


Dadd sketch heads for the Met in New York

29 October 2007

Art dealer Andrew Sim has sold a watercolour by Richard Dadd (1817-1886) to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It is the first work by the enigmatic Victorian artist to enter the museum’s vast art collection.

Salander-O’Reilly lawyer says gallery is likely to file for bankruptcy soon

29 October 2007

New York Old Master dealers Salander-O’Reilly are expected to file for bankruptcy after a state judge ordered their gallery to be closed indefinitely.

Fresh blow for New York gallery as they lose landmark show

22 October 2007

Whitfield Fine Art pull out as Salander-O’Reilly’s multi-million dollar legal problems escalate

Troop movements and building work hit two New York shows

15 October 2007

Two January fairs run by Stella Show Management in New York are under threat from construction problems and the occupation of an armory building by the National Guard.

How to hold an auction in the US… from Shropshire

01 October 2007

Provincial auctioneer’s novel twist for breaking into the American market


Landmark sale as Perot offers Magna Carta for $30m

01 October 2007

What price one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy? On December 10, Sotheby’s New York will offer for sale one of just 17 surviving 13th century copies of Magna Carta.


Antiques with Saks appeal

01 October 2007

WE have heard a lot about antiques being out of fashion, and the best reply is that if antiques are presented stylishly they are always in fashion. Just look at a window of upmarket Fifth Avenue Manhattan store Saks during New York’s Fashion Week. The chief window designer of Saks called on East 61 St dealers Historical Design and said he had the idea of introducing Saks’ new shoe floor with high fashion shoes displayed on vintage chairs.

Bloomsbury boost ahead of New York launch date

07 September 2007

AS Bloomsbury Auctions get set for the opening of their new saleroom in New York this month, their turnover for the first six months of 2007 showed a 45 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Christie’s help see off hangover from Prohibition

20 August 2007

New York to hold liquor auctions


Maria’s $530,000 homage to herself

13 August 2007

Maria Felix (1914-2002), born one of 16 children in the small Mexican town of Sonora, became an icon during the golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and was generally acknowledged as the most beautiful face in its history.

Sotheby’s oppose outlawing the chandelier bid in New York

06 August 2007

Sotheby’s are strongly opposing proposed legislation in New York that aims to outlaw the ‘chandelier’ bid.


Artemis outshines Jenkins Venus at $25.5m

18 June 2007

In the UK there is a tendency to think of institutions as the natural permanent home for the best cultural artefacts. But American museums’ policy of deaccessioning means there can be second chances to buy stellar objects.



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