Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

06 December 2017

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced on Twitter that Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is heading to the newly opened museum in the Middle East.

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The Animal VC awarded to plucky messenger pigeon Princess comes up at auction in Banbury

06 December 2017

The Victoria Cross is the highest British military honour, but in the animal kingdom the equivalent is the Dickin Medal. The award earned by a pigeon called Princess is coming up at auction at Holloway’s of Banbury on December 12.

Atlas of the City of New York

Dealer Daniel Crouch brings New York maps home to the Winter Antiques Show

06 December 2017

New York, London and Paris will be put on the map at the stand of Daniel Crouch Rare Books in the new year at the Winter Antiques Show in Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Albertine Verlinde and Sarah de Clercq

Sotheby’s appoints ex-Christie’s specialist as MD in the Netherlands

06 December 2017

Sotheby’s has appointed Sarah de Clercq as managing director in The Netherlands. She was previously head of Old Master and 19th Century European art at Christie’s in Amsterdam and will start her new role in January 2018.

Winfarthing treasure

Boom in metal-detecting helps ‘treasure’ numbers hit a record

05 December 2017

A record amount of ‘treasure’ has been found in Britain’s fields and ditches by members of the public in the past year.

Winston Churchill's glasses

Churchill spectacles make appearance at Catherine Southon auction

05 December 2017

Next month in the UK you can watch Darkest Hour, the new film depicting the Churchills in the early days of the Second World War as he became prime minister. But if you are truly fascinated by the man regularly voted as the Greatest Briton, you can get a fix tomorrow by bidding for his spectacles.

Bomb love

Forum flies in Banksy artworks for New York auction

05 December 2017

Forum Auctions has temporarily exported a collection of Banksy artworks to the US from the UK for an exhibition ahead of its debut Stateside sale next week.


Auction house Duke’s feels festive with wine tasting and cellar auction

04 December 2017

The festive season is upon us and many will be sampling their favourite tipples. Auction houses typically take advantage of this time of year to offer special sales of wines and spirits; and Duke’s in Dorchester is doing just that later this week.

Money laundering

Money laundering fines for ‘High Value Dealers’ double to more than £1m in the UK

04 December 2017

Fines from HMRC for money laundering have doubled in the past year to £1.1m but the number of fines fell to just 886.

Playing Cards Cepheus and Hercules

Rare 19th century playing cards prove a strong hand at Chorleys auction

04 December 2017

Rare sets of geographical, astronomical and scientific themed playing cards featured in two recent sales. Those seen in a recent sale at Chorleys in Gloucestershire came from the estate of the late Alan and Joan Tucker, booksellers of Stroud, as did some 20,000 postcards and most of the books offered in the auction.

Jarrow Auction Rooms

Devastating fire at Jarrow Auction Rooms forces owner to look for new location

04 December 2017

The owner of Jarrow Auction Rooms in Tyne and Wear is hoping to raise money to rebuild his business after it was destroyed by a fire last month.


They said what?! The week (27 November – December 3) in quotes from the art and antiques world

03 December 2017

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others. This week, Masterpiece London gets set for growth and Rolex sets a new record in an electrifying sale at Fellows.


Pistols coming up at Thomas Del Mar auction show significance of an impressive provenance

02 December 2017

Fine quality and condition are big factors in value for antique weapons, but an impressive provenance also fires the imagination, as two lots coming up in the Thomas Del Mar auction on December 6 demonstrate.

Emile Zola photograph

Wholesale evidence of Emile Zola’s photography talent offered at Paris auction

01 December 2017

Famed as a prolific author, art critic, and champion of French Impressionism, Emile Zola (1840-1902) had yet another string to his bow. He was, it transpires, an early adopter of the art of photography and a keen practitioner.

Julian Eade

Derby porcelain show drums up buyers’ attention at winter edition of ‘Antiques for Everyone’ in Birmingham

01 December 2017

The final 2017 edition of the ‘Antiques for Everyone’ fair (November 23-26) had particularly good results in porcelain.

Masterpiece London fair

Art fair Masterpiece London bought by Art Basel-owner

01 December 2017

Art Basel-owner MCH Group has bought a 67.5% stake in Masterpiece London and will expand the UK fair overseas.


Offer Waterman features William Turnbull at Art Basel Miami debut

01 December 2017

London post-war and contemporary art gallery Offer Waterman is offering a selection of works by British modernist William Turnbull (1922-2012) for its inaugural appearance at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Ruby book launch

Six snaps from the launch of Joanna Hardy’s book on rubies

30 November 2017

A new book by jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy was launched this week at Somerset House.

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Victoria Cross sells for auction record at Morton & Eden and further VC sales are coming up at fellow London salerooms Dix Noonan Webb and Spink

30 November 2017

Victoria Crosses are not exactly that rare at auction, despite being the highest British award for gallantry. However, the unique tales of bravery ensure demand is always high, as evident from the auction record just set at London saleroom Morton & Eden.

Plum Tree in Blossom by Bruno Liljefors

Visions of Finland – dealers collaborate on London show coinciding with centenary events

29 November 2017

An exhibition aiming to invigorate interest in Finnish art opened in London this week.