Latest News Articles by Ivan Macquisten

New representative lists tips for dealing with Chinese buyers

30 June 2014

The new Chinese representative at John Nicholson’s auctioneers has set out a seven-point plan for how to connect properly with Chinese clients.

Like A Rolling Stone sets $1.7m record

25 June 2014

A draft of Bob Dylan’s seminal recording Like A Rolling Stone set a new auction record for a pop song manuscript when it sold for $1.7m (£1.04m) to an unnamed collector at Sotheby’s New York on June 24.

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Westminster renew pledge to Mayfair galleries at Olympia

19 June 2014

Westminster City Council will set out their detailed vision for protecting the art trade in Mayfair by the beginning of next year.

Minister to headline new art trade forum

16 June 2014

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is to headline the first Art Business Conference, a new event scheduled for September 4 in London that will tackle key issues for trade professionals.

A snapshot of six sales so far at this year’s Summer Olympia fair

12 June 2014

William Cook sold an American civil war parade flag from 1863 for ticket price £8200 to a barrister from the north of England.

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Hope from the ashes as conservers inspect The ‘Mack’

02 June 2014

Staff and officials are still assessing the extent of the damage and loss at The ‘Mack’, Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building, which was devastated by fire.

Sale of Birmingham assay office clears way for relocation plan

29 May 2014

Plans to relocate Birmingham’s Assay office can now go ahead following the sale of its landmark building in Newhall Street.

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Bonhams open new HQ in Hong Kong and plan to alter sales series

28 May 2014

Bonhams have pledged to use their new Hong Kong headquarters to expand the territory’s traditional sales programme throughout the year.

Mayfair galleries woo public with open weekend

27 May 2014

A major new summer event aimed at attracting members of the public through the doors of Mayfair and St James’s galleries will launch on July 5 and 6.

Gurlitt hoard bequest shock

27 May 2014

The Kunstmuseum Bern has called the huge art bequest by Cornelius Gurlitt a “bolt from the blue, since at no time has Mr Gurlitt had any connection with” the museum.

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Antiques Trade Gazette Sale of the Day

22 May 2014

6in (15cm) long Chinese white jade carving of a Buddhist lion dog, Qianlong 1736-95, with a paper label for Queen Amelia of Portugal Collection. Estimate £30,000-50,000. Sold for £110,000 hammer at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury, May 21, 2014

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Cradling Queen Victoria’s daughter

16 May 2014

Mossgreen will be offering one of the most talked about items of the year at their forthcoming sale in Melbourne. The auction will feature this elaborately carved and inlaid cradle made for Princess Helena, Queen Victoria’s fifth child.

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Beatlemania goes Down-Under

16 May 2014

Leonard Joel of Melbourne will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving to tour Australia by offering a collection of photographs taken of the group in Adelaide.


The easiest way to shoe a horse

15 May 2014

Thomas del Mar’s second sale of items from the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection on May 7 included a number of related items, such as this 3ft 7in (1.1m) high panted limestone carving of St Eligius or Eloi, patron saint of horses and farriers.


Dressed to kill

15 May 2014

This bizarrely dressed young man is the 23-year-old Alfred Hitchock, the film director who went on to make Psycho, North by North West, The Birds and Vertigo.


Landing a prize catch

15 May 2014

A very rare Allcock Ariel reel with its original calf leather case sold for a wholly unexpected £6600 at Westenhanger Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) in Stanford, near Ashford, on April 13.

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Sovereigns make their mark again in London sales

12 May 2014

It was sovereign territory at Baldwin’s once more earlier this month when they took £430,000 for an Edward VIII gold proof example dated 1937 and £320,000 for an Elizabeth II example dated 1953.

New owner pledges to vet Paris’s biggest antiques markets

12 May 2014

The new owner of the biggest antique markets in Paris has pledged to vet them for authenticity and quality.

‘Relevant information’ at heart of new joint bidding rules

12 May 2014

Changes to joint bidding rules under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 clarify the obligations to be met.

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Building brand and trust the key to online success, say Hiscox

12 May 2014

Reputation and brand building is likely to become the single most important component to success in selling art and antiques online, a market now worth $1.57bn.