Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Leakey collection

Out of Africa to Cotswolds sale – Leakey collection heads to auction

11 October 2016

African artefacts, jewellery and fossils from a family collection linked to the celebrated palaeoanthropologists, the late Louis and Mary Leakey, are to be sold later this month at The Cotswold Auction Company.

“Ill-conceived and badly managed” – new Stanley Gibbons boss savages old regime

11 October 2016

The new management of Stanley Gibbons has launched a scathing attack on the way the firm had been run after the collectables and auction group posted losses of £29m.

The Jam memorabilia

Paul Weller’s shoes among highlights of The Jam memorabilia auction

10 October 2016

Frontman Paul Weller’s shoes and bassist Bruce Foxton’s guitars were among 800 lots of The Jam memorabilia auctioned at the weekend.

Chinese musket

‘Supreme Grade, Number One’ – first firearm with Chinese Imperial marks comes to auction

10 October 2016

A musket made in the Chinese Imperial workshops, complete with marks, will become the first of its kind to be offered at auction next month.

Fine Art Group to launch lending arm

10 October 2016

Philip Hoffman’s Fine Art Group are to launch a new finance company targeting artworks valued between $250,000 and $20m.

Lucy McKenzie’s Olga Korbut

‘Frieze Week’ evening sale at Christie’s tops expectations

07 October 2016

Christie’s post-war and Contemporary art evening auction posted a strong performance last night with international bidders visiting London during Frieze week helping to bump up the results.

Mallett's Pall Mall home

Maddox Street premises to close as Dreweatts & Bloomsbury join Mallett under one roof

07 October 2016

Auction group Dreweatts & Bloomsbury will close their Maddox Street premises next year to focus on a new London location in Pall Mall.

The late Sir Michael Butler

Auctioneers brought in to value Chinese art collection after family spat

06 October 2016

A family row over a large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain escalated this week after Art Fund trustee Caroline Butler hired Christie’s to value the collection.

Michael Newman

Tributes paid to Michael Newman

05 October 2016

Auctioneer, valuer and ‘Antiques Roadshow’ expert Michael Newman died last month, aged 80.

Adrian Greenwood

Book dealer’s murder linked to attempt to steal £50,000 first edition Wind in the Willows

04 October 2016

The murder of book dealer Adrian Greenwood was part of an attempt to steal a £50,000 first edition of the Wind in the Willows, a court has heard.

Adam Schoon

Antiques Roadshow's Asian art specialist joins Duke's

04 October 2016

Adam Schoon has joined Duke's in Dorchester to head its Asian art department.

Stanley Gibbons losses mount up as they write down £24m

03 October 2016

Collectables and auction business Stanley Gibbons has posted a £28.9m full-year loss after writing down the value of its assets.

John Scanlon CITES

CITES summit considers exemptions over antiques

03 October 2016

The possibility of a global ban on ivory that would allow exemptions for antiques was under discussion at last week’s CITES summit in South Africa.

Robert Kime

Interior designer Robert Kime to furnish new Pimlico Road home

29 September 2016

Robert Kime, interior designer to royalty and celebrities, is to close his famous Bloomsbury shop and move to Pimlico Road in London.

Ivory antique

British ivory exports to Hong Kong under scrutiny

28 September 2016

Wildlife campaigners are calling for a crackdown on ivory exports from the UK after a report revealed trade doubled to Hong Kong last year.

Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein

New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

Daughter continues fight to keep family Chinese art collection together

28 September 2016

A large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain could be broken up and sold after a family feud among the heirs of Sir Michael Butler, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher.

Antiques trade will have input to ivory rule changes

27 September 2016

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to consult with the antiques trade over plans to tighten rules surrounding ivory.

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Doing thy bidding – Stoneware from Canterbury Cathedral raises £210,000

27 September 2016

Canterbury Cathedral’s prayers were answered when every one of the 144 lots from its cathedral stone sale were sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries at the weekend.

Jean Dubuffet's Visiteur au chapeau bleu

Christie's announce highlights of Leslie Waddington's £12m art collection

26 September 2016

The art collection of the late Leslie Waddington, the pioneering contemporary art dealer, will go to auction next week and includes works by 20th-century icons such as Milton Avery, Josef Albers, Francis Picabia and Jean Dubuffet.