Art and antiques news from 2007

In 2007 Christie's and Sotheby's raised their buyer's premium to the once unthinkable level of 25% for lots under £10,000.

In May contemporary art sales totalled $868 million in New York and in June £220 million in London, three times the previous year's total.

After renewed pressure from LAPADA the Department of Transport finally approved an official road sign promoting antiques as a local attraction.


Sotheby’s up the stakes in Paris

29 October 2007

Sotheby’s have posted their highest price in Paris since the French auction market was opened to foreign firms in 2001.

Clarice Cliff collectors protest against premium hike

29 October 2007

Collectors of Clarice Cliff have voiced their opposition to increased auctioneers’ charges with some refusing to attend Christie’s latest sale of the popular Art Deco pottery.


New provincial picture high as laughing Rembrandt takes £2.2m

26 October 2007

ESTIMATED at just £1000-1500, a work catalogued as by a follower of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has sold for £2.2m at the Gloucestershire saleroom of Moore, Allen & Innocent (15% buyer’s premium).

Antiques return as Clarion rename Olympia Summer fair

22 October 2007

CLARION Arts, owners and organisers of the Olympia fairs, have announced a change of name for their June flagship fair – the third change of name in two years. It will run next year from June 5 to 15 as Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

ATG websites receive guide’s five-star rating

22 October 2007

THE Good Web Guide has just published its review of the Antiques Trade Gazette websites, including, and given them a five-star rating.


Toovey cedes RICS chair, as he turns to the church

22 October 2007

RUPERT Toovey is standing down as chairman of the RICS Art and Antiques faculty in order to train as a worker priest in the Church of England.


From Frieze to Free

22 October 2007

As collectors parted with hundreds of thousands of pounds for works at Frieze, fair organiser Jasper Joffe was busy at another event giving art away free.

Curators given £50,000 to spend at Collect fair

22 October 2007

The Art Fund has announced a new funding initiative in partnership with the Crafts Council, dubbed Art Fund Collect, aimed at challenging curators to be more ambitious in extending their collections at a quality craft fair.

Fresh blow for New York gallery as they lose landmark show

22 October 2007

Whitfield Fine Art pull out as Salander-O’Reilly’s multi-million dollar legal problems escalate


Partridge to sell $40m collection

22 October 2007

Not all the major single-owner collections are sold at auction. Last week Partridge Fine Art announced exclusively to ATG that they have secured the $40m (£20m) collection of Texas media and communications entrepreneur Scott Ginsburg for sale in their New Bond Street galleries.


Sutherland collection gets it just right

20 October 2007

THERE must be something satisfying about a sale that performs as expected. Vendor, auctioneer and buyers all have their hopes and desires affirmed and most people come away happy.

French look to scrap due diligence in bid to protect their art market

15 October 2007

THE French government are so concerned about their dwindling share of the global art market that they have come up with a four-point plan to rescue it. They include a measure that effectively calls for the scrapping of due diligence for auctioneers.


Police re-open ‘knocker’ murder case 13 years on

15 October 2007

£10,000 reward put up as police reveal that painting could hold the key to unsolved mystery

Pre-Budget capital gains boost for collectors

15 October 2007

Investors in art and antiques will be among the winners of a major reform of capital gains tax proposed in the government’s pre-Budget report.


Ringing the changes from £100 to £400,000

15 October 2007

Another imperial Chinese sleeper has awoken in West Sussex.


Benson’s little and large

15 October 2007

When first unveiled at the International Exhibition in London in 1862 (and subsequently shipped to Paris in 1867 and Vienna in 1873), the St James’s Clock, as it became known, was heralded as the second largest clock in the world after E.J. Dent’s Big Ben.

Troop movements and building work hit two New York shows

15 October 2007

Two January fairs run by Stella Show Management in New York are under threat from construction problems and the occupation of an armory building by the National Guard.


How to start your own hedge fund with £1150

15 October 2007

Tamlyns’ sale held in Bridgwater on October 2 included this unusual copper food mould in the form of a hedgehog, standing 7in (17cm) high.

Yarnwinder recovery, two lawyers charged

15 October 2007

FOUR men, including two lawyers, arrested in a police raid in Glasgow to recover the Leonardo da Vinci stolen from Drumlanrig Castle, have now been charged in a Scottish court.

Bonhams promote Girling to be chief across all of Europe

08 October 2007

Bonhams have announced a series of senior management changes for their European operations. They include the appointment of former deputy chairman Matthew Girling in the new role of Bonhams CEO Europe.