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No more ivory for us, says auctioneer after £3200 fine

04 November 2014

Embroiled in the debate regarding the rights and wrongs of selling elephant ivory works of art, Chiswick Auctions have become the first UK saleroom to stop almost all sales of ivory – regardless of age.

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Caravaggio case – Sotheby’s come out fighting

03 November 2014

The opening salvos have been fired in the court case centred on the version of Caravaggio’s ‘The Card Sharps’ which sold at Sotheby’s in 2006.

Design Museum to scrap entry charges

03 November 2014

The Design Museum will scrap entry charges for its permanent collection when it relocates from Bermondsey in South London over to the west of the capital in Kensington.

Christie’s tap into the Christmas market

03 November 2014

Christie’s continue to dip their toe in retail waters with an initiative for Christmas shoppers at South Kensington.

Mayfair firm launch new type of finance deal

31 October 2014

A new company is offering alternative routes to financing art and antiques acquisitions from asset-backed lending and brokerage.

Robert Stones takes over at Louis Taylor while still running Peter Wilson

31 October 2014

Robert Stones, owner of Peter Wilson auctioneers, will also trade under the name Louis Taylor following the retirement of Clive Hillier, principal of the latter rooms in Hanley.

Ludwig sets out vision for future as he confirms Gibbons’ acquisition of Mallett

30 October 2014

The Fine Art Auction Group’s (TFAAG) acquisition of Mallett on behalf of the Stanley Gibbons Group has been confirmed following the acceptance of its cash offer by more than 95% of Mallett PLC’s shareholders.

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Asian sales begin at a canter

29 October 2014

Mallams of Cheltenham saw this jade rolling horse, part of a private collection of Chinese handstone carvings, sell for £170,000 at their latest Asian art sale.

Ex-chairman of SOFAA damns 2% success fee

28 October 2014

The chairman of one of the UK’s most successful provincial auction houses has joined the condemnation of Christie’s new 2% success fee, saying he is appalled by it.

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Little-known Victorian amateur photographer’s archive up for sale

27 October 2014

Bonhams will offer an archive of over 350 unpublished images by the Victorian amateur photographer Emma Francis Johnston.

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Fox Talbot archive goes to Bodleian Library after appeal brings success

27 October 2014

The Bodleian Library in Oxford has bought the personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot, the British ‘founder of photography’, after a successful appeal.

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Hong Kong fair in focus

27 October 2014

Visitors admire a stand at the 10th edition of Fine Art Asia in Hong Kong, staged from October 4-7 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, against a backdrop of the pro-democracy protests in the city.

British Library exhibition looks at Arctic exploration and Franklin

27 October 2014

‘Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage’ is a new exhibition opening at the British Library on November 14 that looks at 400 years of Arctic exploration.

Adam Partridge shortlisted for green business award

27 October 2014

Adam Partridge auctioneers of Macclesfield have been shortlisted for the Green Business Award as part of the 2014 Cheshire Business Awards.

Christie’s open Shanghai HQ

27 October 2014

Christie’s have opened their new exhibition space and office in Shanghai at the Ampire Building, near the Bund.

Christie’s revamp Asian art sales across London and Paris

24 October 2014

Christie’s have reorganised the sale schedule for their future auctions of Chinese works of Art in Europe making some significant changes.

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Falcon swoop for art loan market

24 October 2014

Simon de Pury took to the podium at the top of London landmark the Gherkin to launch Falcon Fine Art on October 13.

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Frieze week auctions set £197m total

23 October 2014

The Contemporary art auctions staged during London’s Frieze week showed no signs of letting up as the bidding took little account of the stockmarkets that were nosediving at the same time.

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Fabergé shines in Nottinghamshire

21 October 2014

This Fabergé enamelled silver and hardstone cigarette box sold for £46,500 at the latest sale held at Nicholas Mellors of Newark.

Capital is hot for Frieze

20 October 2014

With some ten fairs, ten auctions and countless exhibitions, the jam-packed calendar of London’s Frieze week was as hectic as ever this year, all centred on the main event – the Frieze Art Fair staged in a vast marquee in Regents Park from October 15-18.