Art and antiques news from 2008

In September 2008 Sotheby's much-hyped sale of works by Damien Hirst was a runaway success amid the general gloom, taking £100 million.

After 37 years on traditional newsprint, Antiques Trade Gazette became full-colour gloss.

Dealer Agnews sold its historic Bond Street premises, Elaine Dean retired after 25 years as secretary general of BADA and Christie's South Kensington introduced interiors sales aimed at the retail market.


Sworders move into new green saleroom

02 April 2008

Sworders moved into their much-lauded new environmentally friendly saleroom on March 31.

Art Loss Register react to concern over ‘sting’ tactics

02 April 2008

The Art Loss Register (ALR) have defended their decision to mislead Kent dealer Michael Marks in the Souza paintings case after members of the trade expressed strong concern at the agency’s actions.


Coincidence reunites Crimean medals at Leeds auction

01 April 2008

Two medals awarded to the same man during the Crimean War, but separated for many years in different collections, have been reunited after selling to the same buyer at Smith & Wilde’s March 21 auction of militaria at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Scottish silver seminar invite

01 April 2008

AS part of this year’s 550th anniversary of hallmarking in Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland are hosting The Scottish Seminar from April 11-13.


Council tells landlord to stop work at Antiquarius

25 March 2008

KENSINGTON and Chelsea council have told the landlords of Antiquarius to halt the building work that has split the King’s Road antiques centre in two. This comes after the building received a Grade II listing last week.


$12.8m for a Kamakura Buddha with X-ray vision

25 March 2008

The highlight of the Asia week series of auctions put on by the major salerooms was an impressive early Japanese wood sculpture of Buddha. It set a new auction high for a Japanese work of art when it was hammered down to the Japanese company Mitsukoshi Co Ltd for $12.8m (£6.7m) plus premium in Christie’s sale of Japanese and Korean art on March 18.


Knox’s £37,000 treasure chest

25 March 2008

This oak architect’s or engineer’s chest is quite possibly a one-off piece made for renowned Liberty & Co. designer Archibald Knox by the Barnstable firm Shapland and Petter.

Worthing rooms under new management

25 March 2008

After five years of trading in Worthing, Gorringes have closed their saleroom on 44-46 High Street. In its place, one of their senior valuers will be opening up in his own name.

Vendors at toy sale still waiting to be paid as firm closes

25 March 2008

Vendors at an auction conducted by the former head of Christie's teddy bear and doll department are still waiting to be paid, more than three months after the sale. The parent company has now gone into receivership.


Now a third Giambologna monkey emerges

25 March 2008

Is the final chapter in the story of Colin Wilson's ‘Giambologna’ monkeys about to be written? Not, it seems, without a twist in the tale.


Delivering a £17,000 Dinky record

25 March 2008

Pre-war delivery vans advertising commercial brand names have long been the kings of the Dinky collectors’ market. This was reinforced on March 10 when Vectis of Stockton-on-Tees sold the so-called 5th Avenue Collection, which included examples bearing well known and long-forgotten brands.

Bellmans to open central London office

25 March 2008

West Sussex-based auctioneer Bellmans are the latest UK saleroom to open an office in Central London.

New centre for Portsmouth

25 March 2008

EASTER weekend saw the opening of The Antiques Storehouse at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Summers Place fundraiser for May 16

25 March 2008

Summers Place Auctions of Billingshurst, West Sussex, are to host The Glory Of The Garden in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, a Crawley-based charity, on May 16.

Is eBay drop shop a sound business model?

25 March 2008

Clockworx Ltd, best known under one of its former trading names Auctioning4u, were among the first of the eBay drop-off shops.

Jacobson art collection makes £664,000

17 March 2008

“THE high point of my career,” was how auctioneer John Anderson described his most recent sale. He had waited 30 years but finally got the chance to offer the Lionel Jacobson collection at Anderson & Garland on March 11-13.

Treasury allay art market fears over non-doms

17 March 2008

THE Treasury have calmed fears that new rules on tax for non-domiciles could damage the UK’s art market.


Early success at Maastricht fair

17 March 2008

WITH their much-publicised US$30m Van Gogh, London and New York art dealers Dickinson had one of the most talked-about works at TEFAF Maastricht which closed on Sunday, March 16.

Spink acquire New York’s Smythe

17 March 2008

SPINK have taken another step in their bid to become global brand leaders in their field with another major acquisition in the United States. Last week they announced the purchase of New York’s oldest established coins dealers and auctioneers, R.M. Smythe & Company.


Charity shop bargain unveiled as Edinburgh rarity after 40 years

17 March 2008

IT’S the sort of find that every dealer dreams of – a unique and valuable antique lying unrecognised and just waiting to be snapped up.