Art and antiques news from 2006

In 2006 the Artist's Resale Right came into effect in the UK. It raised £1 million during its first 12 months in operation.

ATG Media hosted the first online auction with live audio feed at Dreweatt Neate via

Sotheby's bought the gallery and stock of Dutch Old Master dealer Robert Noortman, one of the founders of the Maastricht fair.


A toast to Drambuie

11 February 2006

Two lavish catalogues, a DVD, three days at Syon House, trips to the USA and Hong Kong, acres of press coverage… Sotheby’s and Christie’s apart, seldom can a UK auction house have devoted more time, more energy and more money to promoting a sale than Lyon & Turnbull did with the Drambuie Collection.

Details emerge of £30m theft

07 February 2006

Pictures released of some of the stolen items

V&A’s new home for sculpture opens this spring

07 February 2006

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s sculpture collection will be redisplayed this spring in the new Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries.

London authorities tell silver buyers to beware of forged spoons

07 February 2006

The London Assay Office is advising extra caution when buying antique silver following the assessment of spoons bearing forged marks submitted by four auctioneers last year.

Court ruling returns masterpieces

07 February 2006

THE Art Loss Register has announced the recovery of four valuable paintings stolen 27 years ago in a £30m theft.

Cologne three become one

07 February 2006

A revamp of Cologne’s early spring fairs fest sees the amalgamation of the city’s three February fairs into one new five-day event to be held a week earlier in the year.


Greuze portraits spring £900,000 surprise for Dreweatt Neate

06 February 2006

Establishing a new landmark for a picture lot sold at auction outside London, two portraits by Jean Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) took £900,000 at Dreweatt Neate’s Donnington Priory salerooms last week.


Blackballed from Muirfield

31 January 2006

Late January/early February has become the new slot for golfiana sales with events held by Bonhams Chester (January 28) and Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh (February 7).


Pew, what a scorcher!

31 January 2006

Alongside the Americana offered in the New York salerooms earlier this month, there was a strong representation of early English ceramics. Sotheby’s January 20 sale of the pottery collection of Harriet Carlton Goldweitz was followed the next day by Christie’s auction of the Mrs J. Insley Blair collection, which included some key Staffordshire productions alongside its blue chip American furnishings.


eBay record for Susie Cooper

31 January 2006

A Susie Cooper vase sold for £3850 on eBay on January 13. The vase, which measures just over 12in (30cm) high, is decorated with a hunter in a loin cloth stalking two deer or ibex close to a stylised tree – an unrecorded design of around 1931 or ’32. Similar pieces are known from a publicity shot taken in the 1930s although most were thought to have been destroyed during a hit on the factory during the Blitz.

Minister’s vow over art levy brings hope

30 January 2006

UK Government will campaign to exclude artists’ heirs permanently

Penman closes West London fair

30 January 2006

AFTER 31 years Caroline Penman has axed her original London fixture, the West London Antiques Fair, which has been held at Kensington Town Hall every January since 1976.

Bonhams scoop Euromoney’s top award for private client services

30 January 2006

BONHAMS have won a top award from Euromoney magazine for their client services.

From Toad Hall to Senegal – the first dame of the Dakar Rally

30 January 2006

An antiques dealer from Heathfield in Sussex has become the first British woman to complete the punishing Dakar Rally. The appropriately named Patsy Quick, owner of Toad Hall Antiques, set off on the 16-day trek on January 1 in Portugal, crossing Spain and Africa in the 5600-mile trip to Dakar, Senegal. She crossed the finish line on her motorbike one place ahead of her partner, Clive Town.

Drambuie art at £2.7m and counting

30 January 2006

On a cold January 26 night in Edinburgh, a packed saleroom at Lyon & Turnbull witnessed a defining moment in the Scottish art market.

New Wedgwood museum

23 January 2006

A funding package worth £7m has been agreed allowing construction to begin on a new Wedgwood Museum in the heart of the Potteries at the company’s Barlaston headquarters.

New Year honours for Moorcroft saviour Richard Dennis

23 January 2006

ALONGSIDE, Tom Jones, Bruce Forsyth and the Ashes winning cricket team, the New Year’s honours list featured Richard Dennis.

Christie’s to sell art in Dubai

23 January 2006

Christie’s will test the potentially lucrative waters of the Middle Eastern market in situ by holding an inaugural sale in Dubai this spring.

Observatory’s new galleries will double clock display

23 January 2006

Next month the Royal Observatory, Greenwich will unveil four new galleries designed to tell the story of precision timekeeping.

New online service to trace Nazi looted art

23 January 2006

AGAINST a flurry of publicity on the subject, online registry of stolen valuables has launched a new initiative to help identify and reclaim Nazi looted art.