Life’s a picnic in Zurich

07 May 2018

Axel Plambeck (b.1936) was CEO of a re-insurance company and in his spare time he collected vintage luggage and picnic sets.

New editions and additions to the European fairs calendar

26 March 2018

A cluster of new fairs is planned in Europe this year.


Historic blue diamond to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Geneva

22 March 2018

A historic diamond will appear on the market for the first time in history this spring, having remained in the same family for over three centuries.


Auction previews from Paris, Pennsylvania and Zurich

19 March 2018

A selection of stand-out lots from sales in Paris, Pennsylvania and Zurich.


Celestial globes are star turns in Swiss and UK sales

05 February 2018

Two exceptionally rare celestial globes or spheres have made their mark in Geneva and London salerooms in recent times – and on the same day.


Art Loss Register recovers stolen Matisse sculpture purchased for less than 1% of its value

09 November 2017

A bronze statue by Henri Matisse has been rediscovered after it was stolen nearly 30 years ago.


‘Looted’ vases row reflects antiquities trade pitfalls

30 October 2017

A dispute over two 4th century BC Grecian vases offered at Frieze Masters in London by a Swiss dealer is the latest case highlighting the complexity of the ownership of antiquities.


Dutch homage to Caravaggio in Zurich

18 September 2017

A painting of a violin player holding a wine glass by Dirck Van Baburen will be offered at Koller’s upcoming auction in Zurich.


Sparkling show: collection of Cecil Beaton’s photographs of women in jewellery goes on show at Sotheby’s Geneva

25 August 2017

An exhibition at Sotheby’s Geneva showcases Cecil Beaton’s (1904-80) photographs of women wearing jewellery.


Auction record at Swiss sale for rediscovered work by Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela

07 August 2017

The unexpected highlight of a recent sale at Beurret & Bailly (20% buyer’s premium) in Basel was a work by the Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) which had been considered lost for over a century.


Focus on contemporary designers at auction

03 July 2017

For previous generations of artist jewellers, from René Lalique to Andrew Grima, retail sales and private commissions were everything. Typically it was only much later in the collecting lifecycle, after a period of posthumous reassessment and rediscovery, that their work appeared at auction with any great regularity.


Saint's son portrait bust heads Basel sale

05 June 2017

Bailly et Beuret’s next auction series takes place in the Swiss city on June 21. On offer are over 460 lots divided between four catalogues and covering works from the 14th to 19th centuries, Swiss and contemporary art.

PAD London

Geneva is next stop for art and design fair PAD

19 May 2017

Design fair PAD is to expand to Switzerland with a new event planned for next year.


Rolex record set at Phillips auction for Vietnamese Emperor's watch

15 May 2017

A new record has been set for a rare Rolex watch once owned by the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai.


‘School of Rubens’ panel flies at Swiss Old Masters sale

15 May 2017

Estimated at CHF9000-12,000, a panel painted in the manner of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) sold for CHF700,000 (£564,500) at Galartis SA in Crissier, Lausanne on May 5.


International previews: Zurich

01 April 2017

Balthasar Van der Ast (c.1593-1657) is considered by many to be one of the most important Dutch still-life painters of the 17th century.


Geneva art trade to crack down on money laundering with new guidelines

06 February 2017

Art dealers, lawyers and consultants have launched a new code of conduct to try to improve the image of the art market in Geneva.

Sotheby's Geneva

Sotheby’s Geneva celebrates 40th anniversary with new saleroom and exhibition space

16 January 2017

Sotheby’s Geneva has relocated to a new office, exhibition space and saleroom in the banking quarter of the Swiss city.

Patek Philippe Reference 1518

Phillips Auction House sets £7.7m auction record for wristwatch with rare Patek Philippe

14 November 2016

Phillips set a record price for a wristwatch sold at auction over the weekend when a Patek Philippe Reference 1518 was knocked down for SFr9.6m (£7.7m).

antique coloured diamond necklace

Russian diamond necklaces with Imperial connections given $10m pitch

11 October 2016

Two Russian diamond necklaces, with links to Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva next month with a $10m estimate.