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.


Photos of Canadian settlement project sell in Lincoln

17 March 2008

It was in 1908 that the American entrepreneur Charles Barnes convinced the British Columbia Development Association (BCDA), a London-based investment syndicate, to purchase 6000 acres of land to establish a farming community for British settlers next to the Thompson River.


Thieves attend view then pounce hours before sale

17 March 2008

Thieves deactivated an alarm before breaking through a roof and two doors to steal 92 items from the view of Hansons Auctions’ Old School Mackworth Saturday auction on March 27.

Failure to keep proper records costs dealer hundreds of thousands

17 March 2008

A DEALER has had to hand over £300,000 worth of paintings after a judge ruled that his records were not sufficient to show he had acquired them in good faith. He is also facing what is anticipated to be a six-figure bill for costs.


Gillot’s Islamic gems boost total at Christie’s in Paris

10 March 2008

The 17.9m euro premium-inclusive total generated by Christie’s two-day sale of the ‘hidden’ collection of Charles Gillot in Paris last week may have wildly surpassed the auctioneers’ 5m euro predictions, but the performance of the 476-lot auction nonetheless ran pretty much along predicted lines.


From the Baltic to Penzance

10 March 2008

It’s not just the London salerooms that are benefiting from the renewed enthusiasm for Russian works of art. The highlight of the sale conducted by David Lay of Penzance on February 28-29 was this late 19th century silver gilt and cloisonné enamel presentation vodka set.


D’Offay deal sparks new programme of acquisition

10 March 2008

Anthony d’Offay’s decision to sell his art collection to the nation for a fraction of its value has sparked a new programme of acquiring and exhibiting works by contemporary artists for the nation.


English auctioneer spends nine hours at the crease in India

10 March 2008

WHEN bidders turned up at the first Indian Premier League cricket player auction in Mumbai last month, it was an antiques auctioneer from England they found on the rostrum.

Fraudster poses as buyer to get away with auction find

10 March 2008

A FRAUDSTER has tricked a US auction house into handing over a valuable Japanese artwork by posing as the representative of the buyer, an English dealer. It is thought they targeted the piece after realising that it was worth a great deal more than it sold for.

Seminar briefings on money-laundering

10 March 2008

THE International Association of Bookkeepers is running a touring programme of afternoon seminars to help with compliance on anti-money-laundering.


Lord Ashcroft Trust to show VC collection at Spink

10 March 2008

Spink are to put the unrivalled Victoria Cross collection of Lord Ashcroft on display in an 11-day exhibition in their main gallery in April. The exhibition is a forerunner to what is expected to become a permanent public display in two years’ time.


Two chances to gain an early impression…

10 March 2008

Two works by big league Impressionists dating from the early years of the movement are in the spotlight this spring.

Fire pump stolen in Essex

10 March 2008

A pre-War fire pump and trailer were among items stolen from a collector at Great Totham, near Maldon, Essex sometime between Monday, January 28 and Friday, February 8.

Auctioneer wins court dispute cracks in bottle

10 March 2008

A DISTRICT court judge has dismissed a claim made against Holloway’s auctioneers regarding the condition report on an early wine bottle.


Private sale for WWII ace’s tin leg

10 March 2008

Eleys Auctions in Boston, Lincolnshire have sold by private treaty 43 personal effects of the legendary World War Two double-amputee pilot Douglas Bader.

Hunt for ‘dealer’ who wrote dud cheques

10 March 2008

POLICE are on the look-out for a man who has used cheques to obtain goods from antiques dealers in East Anglia.

No premium rise for private collectors say art insurers

10 March 2008

Fine art insurance premiums for private collectors will not rise following the recent spate of high-value art thefts, despite speculation to the contrary, say industry experts.

South Africa insurance deal struck

10 March 2008

ARTINSURE have secured an arrangement to act as specialist insurance product provider to the South African Antique Dealers’ Association.


Thieves use ‘fishing rods’ to steal from auctioneers

10 March 2008

Six works hooked off wall and reeled in through barred window


Christie’s to sell Sainsbury collection in this month

09 March 2008

A highlight of Christie’s summer sale season in London will be their 350-lot sale of the collection of the late Hon Simon Sainsbury, scion of the famous retailing family.


Moving photos of Cleopatra’s Needle sold at auction

06 March 2008

Historic archive from engineer who moved Egyptian obelisk surfaces in Exeter