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Soapbox: Does promoting the age of your auction house enhance its brand?

02 April 2018

Two views on the big questions facing the trade… This week we ask whether promoting the foundation date of an auction house benefits the business' branding.

Soapbox: Should the best auction lot always be saved until last?

12 March 2018

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade… This week we ask two auctioneers about the best strategy regarding the positioning of the best lots in a sale.

Soapbox: Is the idea of an ‘art and antiques town’ still viable in today’s market?

12 February 2018

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade... This week ask whether ‘art and antiques towns’ are still viable in today’s market?

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Soapbox: Are gentlemen’s agreements still valid in the art world?

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 was won by auctioneer-turned-art adviser Simon de Pury last week, despite him only having a gentleman’s agreement. We ask whether such agreements are still valid in today's art market?

Soapbox: If auction houses want more private buyers, should they open on Saturdays to accommodate them?

27 November 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade. This week, ATG asks whether auction houses should open on Saturdays to accommodate more private buyers...

Soapbox should antiques centres include coffee shops?

23 October 2017

The question this week… should antiques centres include coffee shops?

Soapbox: Should auctioneers apply storage charges when an item is not collected in time?

25 September 2017

We asked two auctioneers about a universally thorny issue: whether it's good business to charge buyers for leaving items they've bought beyond the stipulated deadline for collection.

Soapbox: Should galleries display the prices of the works they exhibit at fairs?

28 August 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade… ATG asks whether galleries should display the prices of the works they exhibit at fairs?

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07 August 2017

The big question… Is it important to your business to have an established, historic brand name?

Soapbox - Is it ever okay to repurpose antiques to create new objects?

10 July 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade… Artist and restorer Amy Douglas recently unveiled 'The Unfortunate Souvenirs of Our Time' – an exhibition using broken Staffordshire figures to create new artworks. So this week we ask, is it ever okay to repurpose antiques to create new objects?

Soapbox: Should a qualification be needed to work in the auction business?

26 June 2017

Two differing views on the big questions facing the trade… This week we ask should auctioneers need formal qualifications to work in the industry?

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Soapbox: do smaller and more select fairs make better business sense?

12 June 2017

BADA has just unveiled plans for a smaller fair, BADA Collection at the Lanesborough, to launch in October (ATG No 2295). So here we ask: do smaller, more select fairs make better business sense?

Soapbox: do auctioneers need a permanent saleroom?

21 April 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade - temporary vs fixed auction locations...

Soapbox: Did the changes made to this year’s BADA fair make a difference?

01 April 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade…

Soapbox: Should art and antiques fairs allow auctioneers to take stands?

25 March 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade…

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