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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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New head of the Met’s art squad, Rob Upham, discusses thefts, fakes, looted art and future plans

05 March 2018

Last year there were fears the Metropolitan Police’s Art & Antiques Unit would be closed after two of its members were seconded to the Grenfell Tower fire enquiry. However, in December the team was reunited and a new boss Det Sgt Rob Upham, with 23 years’ experience in the Met, was brought in to lead the team. ATG caught up with him recently.

Asaph Hyman of Bonhams

Bonhams promotes head of Chinese ceramics and makes new appointment to main board

24 February 2018

Bonhams has promoted Asaph Hyman to global head of Chinese ceramics and works of art.

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Sir David Attenborough will open the ABA Rare Book Fair in new Battersea venue

22 February 2018

The ABA Rare Book Fair will be opened by Sir David Attenborough this year as it launches in its new Battersea venue.

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Burdon takes on presidency of international booksellers

19 February 2018

Australian bookseller Sally Burdon has been elected president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). She succeeds Gonzalo F Pontes who was president from 2016-18.

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Islamic specialist boosts DNW coin department

19 February 2018

Tim Wilkes, a leading expert in Islamic coinage, has joined the coin department at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb.

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Mossgreen boss ‘devastated’ by firm’s closure

22 January 2018

Paul Sumner’s hopes of a restructure of Australian saleroom Mossgreen melted away last week after his proposed investment plan failed and the administrator began winding down the business.

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Chiswick makes more hires amid move to fortnightly ‘interiors’ sales format

22 January 2018

Chiswick Auctions has taken on a trio of books specialists from Bloomsbury Auctions as the west London saleroom kicks off 2018 with a new sales programme.

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High Court rules in favour of Simon de Pury over ‘gentleman’s agreement’

22 January 2018

A precedent-setting legal dispute over a $10m (£7.2m) fee relating to the 2014 sale of a $210m Paul Gauguin painting has been won by auctioneer turned art adviser Simon de Pury.

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Simon de Pury wins $10m court case over 'gentleman's agreement’ for $210m Gauguin painting

16 January 2018

Auctioneer turned art advisor Simon de Pury has won his court case over the payment of a $10m fee.

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Auction house appointments at Moore Allen & Innocent and Keys

15 January 2018

Lucie Rowe, who started her career with Cirencester auction house Moore Allen & Innocent 15 years ago as a part-time saleday porter, has been promoted to her first management position: assistant saleroom manager.

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Sir David Tang’s collection to be offered at auction at Christie’s

10 January 2018

Items once owned by ‘London’s best connected man’ will be offered at auction later this month when a collection from the late Hong Kong socialite and businessman Sir David Tang comes to Christie’s.

Jean Ghika, head of jewellery at Bonhams

Bonhams appoints new head of jewellery

08 January 2018

Bonhams has announced that Jean Ghika has become its global head of jewellery.

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CSK poster girls make return to auction rooms in Edinburgh

02 January 2018

Former Christie’s vintage poster specialists Nicolette Tomkinson and Sophie Churcher have teamed up with Lyon & Turnbull to launch dedicated auctions this year.

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Charles Hanson: ‘I want to expand across London within a year’

30 December 2017

Charles Hanson, the indefatigable Derbyshire auctioneer, is making his first move into the London market, with the launch of Hansons London in January. Here he tells ATG why the time is right for his expansion down south and how he'll differentiate the business from London rivals

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Nelson and Lawrence of Arabia footwear stroll to Hansons auction success

23 December 2017

Footwear is always topical at this time of year thanks to careless Cinderella and her mislaid slipper. So it’s a perfect chance to bring news of a couple of intriguing items sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons.

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US auction house Morphy Auctions buys James D Julia

21 December 2017

Leading US regional auction house James D Julia is to become part of Morphy Auctions.

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Former Bonhams vice president joins dealership Dickinson

19 December 2017

William O’Reilly has joined Dickinson in New York.

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Hansons to hold London sales in 2018

18 December 2017

Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers is opening a London saleroom, with plans to host fine art and antiques auctions once a month from February 2018.

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Trade figures on the move

18 December 2017

With the closure of Christie’s South Kensington in July and restructuring at parent company Christie’s, many former staff were on the move in 2017. But, as this selection suggests, they were not the only ones trading places.

Richard Courtney and Victoria Borwick

English furniture dealer honoured for service to antiques trade

14 December 2017

West Sussex furniture dealer Richard Courtney has been awarded a distinguished service medal by the British Antiques Dealers’ Association.

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