Art and antiques news from 1997

In September 1997 fairs and auctions, including Sotheby's 40,000-object sale of the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, are cancelled in the wake of the death of Princess Diana.

In the same year, Henry Wyndham stepped up to become European chairman at Sotheby's, a role he was to hold until 2016.

Restorer Anna Plowden was awarded the CBE for services to museum conservation.

Merger explains Gavelnet silence says US boss

05 December 1997

GAVELNET.COM, the San Francisco-based Internet auction specialists have denied claims that they are winding up their UK operation.

Silver reaches 10-year high

24 May 1997

Silver prices reached their highest level for a decade last week when dealers learned that the American billionaire investor Warren Buffet had bought 20 per cent of the world's total supply.

Sotheby's value their reputation above all

24 May 1997

SOTHEBY'S is to create a committee of non-executive directors, supported by independent lawyers, to hold a full internal review of the firm's code of conduct.