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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.

Compensation for buyer after dealer breaks contract to resell at higher price

11 February 2008

A dealer who agreed a price for a table and then resold it to another party at a higher sum has been told by a judge to pay compensation to his original buyer.


Easter Rising medal in Devon

05 February 2008

This rare medal issued to those involved in the 1916 Easter Rising is up for grabs in the collector’s auction at Plymouth Auction Rooms on February 16.

Phillips de Pury double turnover in 2007

05 February 2008

PHILLIPS de Pury more than doubled their auction sales total thanks to the booming market for contemporary art and their increasing presence in London.

Bloomsbury report £20.4m total for 2007

05 February 2008

THE effect of their new salerooms in Rome and New York saw London book specialists Bloomsbury Auctions post a hammer total of £20.4m for 2007.