Latest news about key people in the art and antiques market including top names who work at major auction houses; organisers of significant art and antiques fairs; antiques dealers; collectors; museum curators; heads of trade organisations; market and regulatory experts.

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Northumberland is a fair favourite venue

21 February 2014

Six years ago, Ingrid Nilson of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited held her first ‘Luxury Antiques Weekend’ in Northumberland, at Linden Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club near Morpeth.

$300m dividend as Sotheby’s shareholder power hits home

05 February 2014

Sotheby’s board have acted to fend off criticism from shareholders led by hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb by saying they will issue a $300m special dividend in March.

Doubts rise over Munich art hoard returns

04 December 2013

Statute of limitations laws may prevent previous owners successfully reclaiming art acquired during the Nazi purge of the late 1930s that was hoarded in a Munich flat.

Debate over status of €1bn Munich art cache

11 November 2013

Details are slowly emerging regarding the discovery in Munich some two years ago of an extraordinary cache of art with a Nazi era provenance.

Stand-off as investor calls for Ruprecht to quit Sotheby’s

10 October 2013

Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point hedge fund has acquired almost 10% of Sotheby’s stock, has called for the auction house’s chief executive and chairman, Bill Ruprecht, to step down.

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Pinault’s gift helps to end Chinese spat with Christie’s

07 May 2013

The Pinault family, owners of Christie’s and the luxury goods group PPR, are to hand back to China the two Qianlong bronzes that caused great upset when offered for sale in Paris four years ago.

Eric Knowles joins Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

18 February 2013

Eric Knowles has joined the team at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions as a consultant.


Simon de Pury sells his stake and quits auction house

12 January 2013

Simon de Pury, the high-profile international auctioneer, has sold his remaining stake in Phillips de Pury & Company to The Mercury Group and stepped down as chairman.

New alliance for Miami fair as French dealers team up with David Lester

27 November 2012

The Florida organisers International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) have teamed up with the French dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), organisers of the Paris Biennale, to launch a Miami fair in 2014.

High Court issues order freezing sheikh’s assets

12 November 2012

The High Court has issued an order freezing $15m of assets belonging to art collector Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani.

Qatari’s unpaid bill reaches High Court

05 November 2012

The High Court has reserved judgment on whether to continue freezing the assets of a Qatari sheikh accused of being a serial defaulter on debts run up at auction.


The hand of Lely in Dorchester

22 October 2012

This 2ft 5in x 2ft ½in (75 x 62cm) bust length portrait drew the attention of a number of bidders with a particular interest in historical pictures when it appeared at auction in Dorchester.


Henry Wyndham recovering

28 August 2012

Henry Wyndham is reported to be recovering well after he was shot in the face at a grouse shoot in Scotland.


Sue Ede sticks to trusted formula for Bath and the Cotswolds

10 August 2012

Last month, we reported on Sue Ede’s purchase of The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair from Robin Coleman, the Bath-based dealer who has organised the event for the past 23 years.

Sue Ede acquires Bath Decorative Fair

02 July 2012

Sue Ede has acquired ‘The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair’ from Robin Coleman, the Bath-based dealer who has organised the event for the past 23 years.

Olympia play it again for a Casablanca ball

21 May 2012

For the third time, fair organiser Ingrid Nilson is hoping to enliven the first Friday of the Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair with another Secret Antiques Dealers’ Ball on June 8 at The Hilton Olympia Hotel just next door.

Goodman sells up in Australia

10 January 2011

AFTER just one year at the helm of Sotheby’s Australia, Tim Goodman has retired as chairman and principal shareholder.

Christie’s appoint new CEO

27 September 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced some major management changes at senior level with the promotion of Edward Dolman from CEO to chairman of Christie’s International plc and the appointment of Steven Pleshette Murphy to succeed him as the new CEO.

Resolving the Lester question

09 August 2010

IS David Lester co-owner of the Olympia summer fair or not?

Ede acquires Harrogate fair from Bailey

10 May 2010

WEST COUNTRY-based Cooper Fairs have bought The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair from Essex organiser Robert Bailey.