Art and antiques news from 2010

In 2010 a new fair - Masterpiece - debuted in London following the demise of the fair at Grosvenor House.

US comic books reached the US$1 million mark when issue one of Action Comics (Superman) was sold by a New York dealer. Two days later the first Batman comic made $900,000.


Hampshire wins at the Belfry

11 October 2010

CHARLES Hampshire of Peter Francis auctioneers in Carmarthen has won the NAVA National Auctioneer of the Year Award.


Lehman Brothers catch the last boat

11 October 2010

WHILE the sale of artworks and ephemera formerly owned by the Lehman Brothers bank had a strange attraction for souvenir hunters and contemporary art dealers, it was, perhaps more surprisingly, also of interest for enthusiasts of marine art.


Wallis cache emerges via neighbour

11 October 2010

WHEN Barnes Thomas, director of Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers of Penzance, was called to the home of a retired fisherman in the town to value a painting, he found a cache of works by the original St Ives naive painter, Alfred Wallis (1855-1942).

Jail for gang after Petworth raid

04 October 2010

THREE masked raiders who stole £30,000 of antiques from a Petworth gallery before leading police on a chase across the home counties, have been jailed.


£44,000 for the torc that was treasure but not trove

04 October 2010

A RARE East Anglian Iron Age gold torc dating from c.150-50BC, thought to have been discovered in the Diss area of Norfolk around 1942, sold for £44,000 (plus premium) in Spink's latest sale of coins and medals.

Fake Lowry revalued for sale to fund compensation

04 October 2010

THE fake Lowry at the centre of a £1m art fraud that landed Maurice “Lord Windsor” Taylor in jail is heading to auction to help pay his victims compensation. Once sold for £330,000, it is now valued at just £5,000-10,000.

Ashley-Russell centre stage at seminar

04 October 2010

THE Ashley-Russell case will be the focus of the next Fakes and Forgeries seminar at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on November 22.

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Stiles’ medals aim for a record score

04 October 2010

SPORT is never far from controversy these days. So it was no surprise when the news that George Best’s and Nobby Stiles’s most valued medals and trophies were to be sold that there was an outcry in certain sections of the media.

Bloomsbury cut charges for book sale

04 October 2010

BLOOMSBURY Auctions are to reduce their buyer’s premium when offering the Richard Harris collection in two forthcoming sales.

Sotheby’s go retail with wine in New York

04 October 2010

SOTHEBY’S have launched a retail and online wine business based in New York.

Phillips expand in New York

04 October 2010

PHILLIPS de Pury will open a second auction and exhibition gallery in New York, at 450 Park Avenue.


Knight makes her mark at £1500

02 October 2010

Bonhams’ latest prints sale in London included a relatively large selection of Modern British works from the likes of John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore.


The Wright kind of design sale for Moorcroft lovers

02 October 2010

WHEN auctioneer Mark Oliver climbed down off the rostrum after completing a 650-lot marathon double sale of British art and collectors’ pottery, Bonhams had netted just shy of £720,000.


Melplash Court house sale nets over £3m

27 September 2010

DORCHESTER auctioneers Duke’s sale of the contents of Melplash Court, near Bridport, became one of the highest grossing sales ever conducted by a provincial auctioneer thanks to the phenomenal strength of the Chinese market.

Christie’s appoint new CEO

27 September 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced some major management changes at senior level with the promotion of Edward Dolman from CEO to chairman of Christie’s International plc and the appointment of Steven Pleshette Murphy to succeed him as the new CEO.


Earle’s early Australian lithographs

27 September 2010

A RARE group of four hand-coloured lithographs of Sydney from c.1826 by travel artist Augustus Earle (1793-1838) saw interest from both hemispheres of the globe emerge at Bonhams' (20% buyer's premium) in Oxford on September 8.

UK restricts rhino horn exports with immediate effect

20 September 2010

THE government are to refuse nearly all future applications for the export of old rhinoceros horn sold in the UK.

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Roman parade helmet to be sold at auction five months after being unearthed

20 September 2010

THIS exquisite example of Roman metalwork, a late 1st to mid 3rd century bronze parade helmet with its haunting face mask, represented the find of a lifetime for a Cumbrian metal detectorist when it was unearthed in May of this year.


Picasso matches print record

20 September 2010

LA Minotauromachie from 1935 is arguably the masterpiece of the Pablo Picasso's 2000 or so different printed works.

Drouot sets out on the road to recovery

20 September 2010

THE Hotel Drouot, the communal auction facility used by most Paris auctioneers, faces an even bigger overhaul than expected after the French Justice Minister’s scathing report about its culture and working practices.