Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Welsh auction houses to continue to host virtual auctions despite room bidding now permitted

06 August 2020

The Welsh government has given auction houses the green light to open premises to the public this month.

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Bust of British-Jamaican Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole sells for £101,000 at auction and heads to Nightingale Museum

04 August 2020

A terracotta sculpture of Mary Seacole (1805-81), who nursed dying and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, will go on display in the Florence Nightingale Museum after it was sold at auction last week.

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Unreleased vinyl of a demo recording by David Bowie comes to auction

22 July 2020

Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham is offering a 1966 demo recording by David Bowie on an acetate disc.

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New Burne-Jones digital catalogue raisonné shows scholars the way ahead

20 July 2020

Art dealer Peter Nahum has created a free-to-access digital catalogue raisonné for the Victorian painter Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833–98).

Welsh auction houses must wait to fully reopen – but online trading continues

20 July 2020

Although auction house premises in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland can (under restrictions) be open to the public, the official green light is yet to be received in Wales.

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Overseas buyer for Armada maps unless £600,000 is found

20 July 2020

A public campaign to keep rare maps of the Spanish Armada in the country will be needed to raise the required £600,000.

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Eye of the Collector latest London fair to be rescheduled

18 July 2020

The inaugural 'Eye of the Collector' fair in London has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

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TEFAF New York autumn fair cancelled due to coronavirus

17 July 2020

The delayed TEFAF New York 2020, postponed from spring to autumn, has now been officially cancelled.

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Auctions do their bit for charity with more than £379,000 raised during lockdown

17 July 2020

Auction houses did their bit for charity during lockdown – regional UK salerooms raised at least £379,597 (mainly for NHS related causes) during the period.

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Auction house Christie’s marketing chief has left the company

17 July 2020

Christie’s global chief marketing officer Amy Wexler is to leave the firm on September 1 after two decades at the auction house.

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Rubens among highlights of Christie’s July evening auction

15 July 2020

Christie’s will offer a work attributed to Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) during its ‘Classic month’ series of sales in London.

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Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs cancelled this autumn

14 July 2020

Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs have been cancelled this year due to the ongoing issues relating to coronavirus.

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New hires at auction houses Bonhams, Piasa and Charterhouse

14 July 2020

An update on the latest Movers and Shakers from across the art and antiques sector.

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Rare Spanish Armada maps blocked from export in the hope a UK buyer can pay £600,000 to save them for the nation

13 July 2020

A group of 10 drawings that depict the Elizabethan naval battle have been temporarily prevented from being exported in the hope an institutional buyer can raise funds to keep them in the UK.

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Online sales rise 4% as demand increases

13 July 2020

Online sales of art, antiques and collectables reached $4.82bn in 2019, a rise of 4% from the previous year, and digital demand is set to increase further in the years ahead.

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Works of art with aristocratic connections feature at Christie’s new The Collector sale

11 July 2020

Christie’s has launched a new cross category auction as part of its Classic Week sales featuring many items with aristocratic connections.

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Archaeological discoveries made by the public reach 1.5 million

09 July 2020

The number of archaeological objects unearthed by the British public since the start of The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has reached 1.5 million items.

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A chance to buy a piece of vaccine history – Edward Jenner’s innoculation book comes to auction

09 July 2020

Vaccinations are high on the agenda at the moment as the world searches for immunisation against the coronavirus.

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Rare Antonio Susini sculpture found in £12 box of bric-a-brac to be auctioned in Christie’s Classic Week series

08 July 2020

A Mannerist bronze discovered in a box of bric-a-brac at an auction in South Africa is to be offered at Christie’s in London this week.

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Government issues export bar for Roman marble Celtic hounds in hope of finding UK buyer

08 July 2020

The owner of a pair of Celtic hounds has been temporarily prevented from exporting the sculptures by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).