The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is the professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction and has 120,000 members worldwide. The RICS Personal Property/ Arts & Antiques Professional Group division focuses on the business of buying, selling and valuing chattels.

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Banks close down client accounts for some smaller auction houses due to anti-money laundering rules

15 August 2022

Chattels auction houses operating at the lower end of the market are being told to close client accounts as the banking sector tightens its rules.

Honing gavel skills with SOFAA and RICS

11 January 2016

The Society of Fine Arts Auctioneers (SOFAA) and the RICS are holding a seminar in Crewkerne on February 18 aimed at those starting out on their auctioneering career.

Bonhams renew campaign over client accounts

05 March 2012

BONHAMS have renewed their call for better client protection in the wake of Auction Atrium’s demise, with the online auction house still owing six-figure sums to consignors.

RICS name new board following mass resignation

08 August 2011

THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have named their new Art & Antiques board following the mass resignation of former members in protest over RICS policy.

RICS name new board following mass resignation

25 July 2011

THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have named their new Art & Antiques board following the mass resignation of former members in protest over RICS policy.


Ditch the RICS? – the time may have come, says former faculty chairman

03 May 2011

THE art and antiques industry may be better off ditching the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, says former faculty chairman Nic Somers.

Stand-off at RICS as board decides to stand down

18 April 2011

The board appointed to represent the interests of arts and antiques members at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found itself out in the cold last week following a prolonged dispute with the executive body of the organisation.

Editorial comment – RICS stand-down

18 April 2011

Given the disparity between the global ambitions of the RICS as an international regulatory body and the specific requirements of a small group of professional art and antique auctioneers and valuers within its membership, perhaps the present stalemate should come as no surprise.

RICS survey shows stronger mid-range sales

01 November 2010

THE latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) survey points to prices picking up slightly for mid-range goods at auction in the UK provinces.

RICS tighten regulations for valuations in new year

22 December 2009

JANUARY sees the tightening of rules for RICS valuers in their assessment of personal property. Set out as part of the terms of the Red Book – the guide to Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors standards in valuing – the new compliance regulations apply to written valuations and will be mandatory for RICS members.

Bonhams call for regulation of auction industry

27 October 2008

BONHAMS announced last week that all their businesses worldwide would now be subject to external regulation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Chairman Robert Brooks, who has consistently called for greater transparency in the auction system, explained why they had chosen to become a firm “regulated by RICS”.

RICS Conference at Kew Palace this year

21 July 2008

THIS year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors conference will be a two-day event running on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, in south west London.

Low-end lots are suffering say UK auctioneers

14 July 2008

The second quarterly survey conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors made gloomy reading for those engaged in the trade of traditional art and antiques.

First RICS survey paints a positive picture for antiques trade

29 April 2008

The art and antiques business received some welcome positive publicity last week as a raft of national newspapers picked up on the headline findings of the first RICS Art & Antiques Market Survey.


Toovey cedes RICS chair, as he turns to the church

22 October 2007

RUPERT Toovey is standing down as chairman of the RICS Art and Antiques faculty in order to train as a worker priest in the Church of England.

Book now for October RICS conference

13 August 2007

THE Sussex Downs will provide the backdrop to this year’s RICS Conference from October 12-14.

Auction law conference

18 December 2006

SIGN up now for the joint RICS/SOFAA Auction Law Conference which will take place in London on Monday, January 22.


Education remains centre stage for Toovey

02 September 2006

Well-known West Sussex auctioneer Rupert Toovey has been appointed the new chairman of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Arts and Antiques faculty board.


10 July 2006

THIS year's RICS conference will be in Cambridge from Friday to Sunday, September 15-17. More details to follow, but block out the dates in your diaries now.

Southampton back on course

22 May 2006

New degree demands a higher entry qualification in bid to win RICS backing