Art and antiques news from 2005

In 2005 after 10 years in the role, Lord Brooke stepped down as president of BADA. He was succeeded by Baroness Rawlings.

Arms and armour specialist Thomas del Mar became the latest Sotheby's expert to set up an independent business. He followed Kerry Taylor (fashion and couture), Graham Budd (sporting memorabilia) and Morton & Eden (coins and medals).

Auctioneer and colleagues walk free as crime spree case collapses

26 November 2005

THE case against an auctioneer accused of trading in stolen goods as part of a £30m antiques crime ring has collapsed.

Russians’ bid to double reserves sends gold price to 18-year high

26 November 2005

THE price of gold reached an 18-year high last week, after speculative buying surged with the news that the Russian central bank is planning to double its gold reserves.


New world record for new world order

26 November 2005

A poster for the film Metropolis, considered by many to be the holy grail of science fiction posters, has been sold by London dealers The Reel Poster Gallery to a Californian private collector for $690,000 (£390,000).

Puzzle over Clarion’s plans for antiques in Glasgow

26 November 2005

UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of the Antiques For Everyone – Glasgow fairs which have been staged for the past six years at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow.

Sotheby’s see off casino bid to stay at Olympia

25 November 2005

EC&O agree ten-year lease as they drop MGM partnership

Student scoops prize for paintings lock

19 November 2005

AN innovative device for securing paintings has won wide recognition at a prestigious European scientific and engineering event.

Contemporary still booming

19 November 2005

Christie’s return higher total for a single sale, but Sotheby’s secure top price of series

£10m needed to save Watts Gallery building

19 November 2005

IT has stood for just over a century as a tribute to one of the leading figures in English Victorian art. But now the fabric of the Watts Gallery building, which houses a unique 200-piece collection, has deteriorated so much that £10m is needed to repair it and secure its future.


A century on, heirlooms claim £187,000

19 November 2005

The final 51 lots of Woolley & Wallis’s sale on October 19 comprised the Fauconberg & Conyers Heirlooms.

DMG get their passport to New York’s Contemporary scene

19 November 2005

INTERNATIONAL exhibition and publishing company dmg world media have acquired Chicago-based Expressions of Culture Inc., producers of SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York.

Christie’s to sell Turpin’s stock and collection

19 November 2005

The stock-in-trade and private collection of Maurice Turpin who died in March, will be sold by Christie’s in London next spring. Two sales, on March 9 and 14, will offer over 800 items and are estimated to fetch over £2m.


Walpole crest helps set record for nutmeg grater

19 November 2005

The second tranche of a private collection of nutmeg graters was offered at Woolley & Wallis’ October 19 sale.


Proof that the silver market remains niche work

19 November 2005

The niche market appears to be the driving force in silver sales today.


A day in the life of the Martin Brothers

12 November 2005

“Someday,” wrote The Times in August 1912, “collectors will ransack the town for Martin’s artistic stonewares.”

DDM call in the receivers

08 November 2005

Yorkshire auctioneers and valuers DDM have joined a growing list of regional firms who have gone into receivership.

Stuffed animals on the loose

08 November 2005

POLICE are appealing for information following the theft of four stuffed heads of wild animals that were stolen from a Leicestershire house.


Thames Valley thieves caught on camera

08 November 2005

ATG have received these new pictures of two men thought to be targeting antique shops and centres in the Thames Valley area.


The extraordinary tale of Grace under pressure

08 November 2005

The cosy Dorset town of Sherborne is not usually associated with bloody revolution and armed struggle, but Sherborne-based Charterhouse Auctioneers have unearthed two items redolent with memories of the American Revolution.

Swiss authorities probe scam guides

08 November 2005

THE Swiss authorities have launched a criminal investigation into scam guide firms and their associated debt recovery agencies.

Take-over aims to transform UK coins market

08 November 2005

COIN dealers Noble Investments have announced the acquisition of Baldwin’s, the London-based coin dealers and auctioneers, in a reverse take-over.