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Home Office reloads firearm consultation over legal definition of ‘antique’

23 October 2017

Fresh views are being sought over the legal definition of ‘antique’ as police voice gun crime fears.

Auction houses probed in report by elephant ivory pressure group

23 October 2017

A new report into the sale of ivory at UK auctions claims to have found “widespread flouting of the law by many auction houses”.


Olympia fair welcomes venue redevelopment

16 October 2017

Clarion Events has welcomed the news that the Olympia exhibition site is to be redeveloped.


Ivory threat: how to respond…

16 October 2017

The art market’s trade bodies have issued guidance to their members on how to respond to the government’s consultation on ivory, launched on October 6.


NAVA launches ivory ‘amnesty’ scheme

16 October 2017

Auctioneer association NAVA Propertymark is partnering with Border Force on a so-called amnesty scheme for items made from endangered species.

LAPADA seeks chief to stand up for the trade

16 October 2017

LAPADA has begun the search for a new chief executive after the resignation of Rebecca Davies, prioritising a candidate’s ability to represent the trade’s interests to government.


Dreweatts set third Mallett stock sale date

16 October 2017

Newly-independent Dreweatts will hold a third – and probably final – Mallett stock sale from Donnington Priory next month.


Leonardo result will be Old Master record

16 October 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi will more than double the Old Master auction record when it is offered at Christie’s New York next month.


The career of an artistic Playboy

16 October 2017

As part of a fifth anniversary auction at Farleigh Court Golf Club on November 1, Catherine Southon is offering the first part of an archive consigned by the family of the commercial artist and cartoonist Francis Wilford-Smith (1927-2009).


Controversial Meissen figure can leave the UK

16 October 2017

The estate of a prominent Jewish art collector has failed to secure the return of a rare Meissen figure that was the subject of a recent export stop.

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Will this Chinese vase become the first million-pound lot in Scotland?

09 October 2017

Glasgow saleroom Mulberry Bank will offer a late 18th century Qing famille rose bottle vase with an estimate of £1.5m-2m in its October 20-21 auction.


George Bailey back at Dreweatts as end beckons for Bloomsbury Auctions

09 October 2017

Update (July 2019): auctions resumed at Bloomsbury in 2018 following Gurr Johns' purchase of Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in 2017. In February 2019 it expanded the number of sales at its London office at 16-17 Pall Mall. The original story is below.


Trade urged to defend ivory works of art as Michael Gove renews ban call

09 October 2017

Anthony Browne, chairman of The British Art Market Federation (BAMF), was due to meet with environment secretary Michael Gove this week (October 10) to discuss the proposed ban on sales of ivory in the UK.

Editor’s comment: finally, a chance to have your say on ivory

09 October 2017

It’s taken more than a year to materialise but at last, the long-awaited consultation on ivory has arrived.


Christie’s rising star takes top spot in novice auctioneer test

09 October 2017

“Only a Rizla paper between them,” is what judge Philip Arnold declared as he announced the winner of the 2017 NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the year.


Export sought for Canadian VC sold in London

09 October 2017

An unusual medals sale has led to an unusual outcome. An application is to be made to export from Canada the Victoria Cross group won by heroic Lieutenant Colonel David Currie after it was bought by a British private collector.


Auction in support of Gainsborough

09 October 2017

Leading UK artists have donated works for an auction raising funds to establish a national centre for the artist Thomas Gainsborough.


Judge me on NAVA numbers, says Colin Young

09 October 2017

The president of NAVA Propertymark has promised to increase the membership of the auctioneer and valuer association during his tenure and reiterated his quest to get more auctioneers registered.


Portrait of hero donated to RAF Club

09 October 2017

A portrait of air vice-marshal James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson has been donated to the RAF Club in London after being sold by dealer MacConnal-Mason.


Chinese records fall across Hong Kong series

09 October 2017

Sotheby’s Hong Kong autumn series posted benchmark sums in two Chinese works of art categories. Records were broken for both ceramics and carved jade.