Fiona Bruce

Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce. Image credit: Antiques Roadshow/ BBC Studios/Robert Pereira Hind.

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BBC seeks Antiques Roadshow producer

A new production company for the Antiques Roadshow is being sought. The BBC said it will publish invitation to tenders later this month. It added: “The BBC will retain all Intellectual Property rights for the programmes, which will continue to be shown on the BBC, but the tendering process will decide which supplier makes the programmes.”

Antiques on 5

Another new antiques TV show has been launched. Channel 5 broadcast Big Antique Adventure with Susan Calman earlier this month. The series teamed Calman with former Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin, auctioneer Natasha Raskin Sharp and dealer Danny Sebastian, who taught her how to make money from collectables and antiques.

Frieze sets off for an LA airport venue

Frieze’s Los Angeles fair is moving to a new location next year. It will be held at Santa Monica Airport in 2023, in the south-east corner of the airfield. The event is being staged over multiple sites across the property with a bespoke tent, built and designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast’s company WHY. Frieze Los Angeles is planned for February 16-19, 2023.

New anti-money laundering unit

Sotheby’s former global compliance director Rena Neville has launched a new anti-money laundering division within a property advisory firm.

The anti-money laundering art division has been set up with compliance specialists FCS Compliance.

Neville, who is also founder of Corinth Consulting, has created what she calls a “onestop- shop service for art market businesses subject to the UK’s anti-money laundering legislation”. The new operation, FCS Compliance Art Division, will also include Neville’s deputy director at Corinth Consulting, Paula Trommel and work with Malcolm Driscoll, lead AML consultant at FCS Compliance.

Seven up: Hansons appointments

Hansons has appointed seven new staff and consultants across its four UK salerooms.

Among the new joiners are textiles and fashion valuer Virginia Ewart and jewellery, silver and watches assessor Melissa Lee-Patrick, who both join its Staffordshire saleroom team at Bishton Hall. Lee- Patrick will also work with Hansons’ Banbury saleroom.

Hansons’ Bishton Hall team has also been boosted by the arrival of general valuer Kim Wood who specialises in 20th century objects, silver, pre- Victorian and Art Deco ceramics.

At Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire (its head office and saleroom), Dr Gwynne Harries has joined as a philatelic consultant. Harries will work in a collaboration between Hansons and auction house Spink & Son.

Dolls and teddy bears consultant Janet Rawnsley has joined to help expand Hansons’ toy sales, and will hold monthly valuation events in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Ian Hall

Ian Hall has joined Hansons as a consultant.

Ian Hall, who has been working in the art and antiques trade for 37 years including at Hall Fine Art near Nottingham, joins as a consultant focusing on developing the professional and private client services.

Dr Richard Halliday, who has returned after a six-month sabbatical, rejoins Hansons’ Banbury saleroom to take up the position of head of curated ceramics at Hanson Holloway’s Ross.

Thieves steal 45 model locomotives


a view of the Liverpool Lime Street station model railway targeted by thieves.

Model railway enthusiast John Holden and the police are calling on the art and antiques sector to look out for a group of stolen locomotives.

Thieves broke into his shed at home in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, which contained a model of Liverpool Lime Street railway station, and all 45 locomotives were stolen on the night of May 30/early hours of May 31. Other items including transport models, documentation and electronics were also taken.

Anyone with information should contact the police by calling 101 quoting crime reference number LC-2022 0531-0345 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To view a list and images of the missing items online visit

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