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.


Estimates are tempting bait for unusual catch

06 March 2008

Here’s one that didn’t get away. A major collection of antique fishing tackle comes to auction at Moore Allen & Innocent’s Cirencester saleroom on March 11 via an unusual route.

New fine art auction house for Kent

06 March 2008

PROPERTY auctioneers Clive Emson have launched a fine arts division following the closure of auctioneers Hobbs Parker in Ashford, Kent.

SOFAA announce £1000 essay contest

06 March 2008

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers are to award a £1000 prize in a competition for the best industry-related essay by a junior employee of a SOFAA-registered company.

Sotheby’s set $6.2bn sales total

03 March 2008

SOTHEBY’S have closed the gap between themselves and Christie’s on worldwide sales in 2007, announcing a record $6.2bn of consoldiated sales to Christie’s $6.3bn.


Beware of fake cottage inkwells

03 March 2008

Bottle specialists BBR have quickly uncovered what looks like a scam involving fake coloured ‘Chandler’ cottage inkwells.


Sotheby's set European record at contemporary sale

03 March 2008

THE global contemporary art market received an important shot in the arm in London last week as Sotheby's set the highest total ever seen for a contemporary art sale in Europe.


Qianlong treasure at £31,000

03 March 2008

Asked to sell the contents of a holiday home in Sidmouth, Devon auctioneers Potburys were pleased to find this 181/2in (47cm) high cloisonné vase standing in the hearth as a container for fire irons.


Museums Association has change of heart on auction sales

03 March 2008

A MAJOR policy shift by the Museums Association means British museums will now consider selling at auction as a way to safeguard core collections for the future.

Private treaty sale beats auction record for violin

03 March 2008

Sotheby’s have announced the private treaty sale of a Guarneri del Gesu violin to the Russian businessman and collector, Maxim Viktorov.

Prices up for precious metals

25 February 2008

THE price of precious metals surged last week as markets across the world continued to react to the high price of oil and the weak dollar.


Study shows Artist’s Resale Right needs overhaul

25 February 2008

Dealers say ARR is damaging emerging artists’ interests

Vintage cars set Bonhams on the road to Paris sales

25 February 2008

Bonhams staged their first auction in France on February 9 with a sale of vintage automobiles at the Retromobile car fair in Paris.

Greek courts use anti-terror rules in bid to have dealer extradited

18 February 2008

Widespread concern over warrants that can ignore human rights


A secret sign for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s messenger

18 February 2008

The significance of this unassuming oval cabochon emerald ring, is far greater than first appears.

Stamps boost Spink’s status

18 February 2008

Spink, the specialist London coin and stamp auctioneers, have announced auction revenues of £23.8m including premium for 2007.

Art market fears remain over non-doms policy

18 February 2008

DESPITE the Treasury’s review of new rules on tax for non-domiciles in the UK, questions remain over the status of offshore trusts.

Dealers bring in lawyers over eviction after bid to alter Mall

18 February 2008

DEALERS facing eviction from The Mall in Camden Passage are taking legal advice after the landlords submitted an application to the council to alter the interior of the building.


London sales weather the financial storm

11 February 2008

Knock-on effect of turbulence in money markets is less dramatic than feared at art auctions

Judge rules in dealer’s favour over Caveat Emptor

11 February 2008

A JUDGE’S ruling over an antique steel knife has challenged the policy of “Let the Buyer Beware” and may affect auctioneers’ cataloguing practices and their terms and conditions.


Another one gets the ‘A’ grade

11 February 2008

The appearance on the market of a piece of ‘A’ mark porcelain at Woolley and Wallis’s Salisbury rooms on June 4 will be an exciting occasion for English porcelain buffs, especially those of an academic persuasion.