Around the Auction Houses


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23 January 2023

Auctioneers are taking to the airwaves to promote their businesses and demystify what happens in regional salerooms.


Suits him to a tee

19 December 2022

Congratulations to Ben Haynes, chairman of Dawsons Auctioneers in Maidenhead, who has been named Golfer of the Year by the Fine Art Golfing Society.


Going, going… definitely gone in the saleroom

12 December 2022

Death at the auction is not normally seen as good news for obvious reasons.


Fall on a high after jewellery accolades

28 November 2022

Tennants’ jewellery specialist, Jessica Fall, has not only passed her Gemmological Association professional qualifications with flying colours but has also won the Bruton Medal for best candidate of the year, and the Deeks Diamond Prize for the best results in the theory examination.


Will it be going, going gone in December…?

28 November 2022

An increasingly hairy group of staff at Newbury auction house Dreweatts are raising money during ‘Movember’.


In desperate need of furniture? Give us a shopping list

07 November 2022

It might not sound like the best business model for an auction house, but Midlands firm Richard Winterton is happy to be giving away furniture for free.


Toovey's founder appointed Deputy Lieutenant

04 July 2022

The founder of Toovey’s Auctioneers has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex.


Yes!! I’ve just bid £3500 on a load of old bones…

04 July 2022

Captured on video camera and shared by the auction house on Twitter, this was the fistpumping moment of joy when historian Tom Holland bought a Psittacosaurus skeleton at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on June 30.


Royal visitor takes the rostrum

20 June 2022

A regular two-day auction of silver, art and antiques? Not at Whittons in Honiton, Devon, where the firm called its sale on June 8-9 a ‘Jubilee auction’ and auctioneer Ed Whitton donned a suitably patriotic jacket and tie to sell a good range of lots such as Georgian silver and Victorian jewellery.


Richard Winterton on the ball

02 May 2022

Richard Winterton Auctioneers celebrated 25 years in business with a ball for its staff and their partners.


Robinson retires from the Christie’s rostrum

11 April 2022

After 40 years at Christie’s, William Robinson, international head of world art at the firm, bowed out on a high last month.


It’s the sports page: our golf and short mat bowls update

04 April 2022

The Fine Art Golfing Society has published its calendar for 2022, with the first meeting scheduled for Ashridge Golf Club in Berkhamsted in mid-April when members will compete for the Baldwin Salver.


Sotheby’s at the helm in annual regatta

20 September 2021

This photo, below, was taken on September 4 at the annual inter-auction house sailing regatta at Seaview, Isle of Wight. The teams represented were Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Phillips, Roseberys and a dealers’ team represented by the likes of Colnaghi and Agnews.


United nations of Lyon & Turnbull

09 December 2019

A central Edinburgh location, men wearing tartan trousers and kilts and a bagpiper greeting guests: three ingredients suggesting that Lyon & Turnbull has hosted the most Scottish of parties to celebrate 20 years since its renaissance as an auction house.


Princess Anne visits auction house Sworders

02 December 2019

HRH Princess Anne visited auction house Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet to mark the start of a campaign to raise funds for a local charity that is building a specialist autism service in Essex.


Cartoons showing Harold Wilson as pleased as punch emerge at Amersham sale

25 November 2019

The leading contenders in the December 12 General Election are struggling to land any meaningful blows on each other, despite being more than happy to be photographed in boxing rings.


Novice auctioneers take to the NAVA rostrum

14 October 2019

At annual competition hopefuls discover how connecting with bidders will be crucial to their career success


Matching pair seal the deal

16 September 2019

Congratulations to Robert Stones, owner of Peter Wilson Auctioneers in Nantwich, and Nikki Robinson, founder of Manchester auction software supplier Go Auction at their recent wedding.


Bellmans party marks 30 years in the business

20 May 2019

In any ‘top 10’ list of 30th birthday party themes, a 1980s or ‘90s leitmotif ranks high.


Straw blimey: the Sworders view over a decade

14 May 2018

Buildings constructed out of straw bales sound more like the world of Channel 4’s Grand Designs rather than the often solidly traditional realm of art and antiques auctioneers.