Around the Auction Houses


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.


Oriental art is latest specialist sale for Suffolk saleroom

14 May 2018

Suffolk auction house Bishop & Miller is holding its first-ever specialist Oriental Art and Antiques Sale on May 24.


Auction house movers and shakers – including Roseberys appointing a former Christie’s specialist

14 May 2018

A look at the latest saleroom appointments, including Roseberys appointing a former director and works of art specialist at Christie’s.


Summers Place Auctions marks a decade of quirky offerings

14 May 2018

Whether you’re in the market for mammoths or missiles, for 10 years Summers Place Auctions has been a likely destination. In 2008 SPA held its first auction, having been formed the year before.


New Spink medals head praises reinforcements

14 May 2018

“Full steam ahead” is the battle cry of Marcus Budgen, the soon-to-be head of the medals department at Spink. He is due to replace David Erskine-Hill who is leaving that role following an ‘offer he can’t refuse’ – to be the curator of the best collection of Victoria Crosses in the world.


Auction house duo make everything rosy at an idyllic location

12 February 2018

It’s lucky that Michael Scott and Paul Hodson are such firm friends, or the next War of the Roses could break out.


Top design in the Exeter spotlight

12 February 2018

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter plans to hold its first-ever 20th century and contemporary art and design sale later this month.


Buffalo Road musician sets Miller on way to specialist sale

12 February 2018

Three years since he launched his Suffolk auction house Bishop & Miller, managing director Oliver Miller is fine-tuning his sales line-up.


Holts reloads its London auction base

12 February 2018

After more than a decade of holding auctions in west London, Holts Auctioneers is relocating to a new saleroom to the south-east of the capital this March.