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Gilbert Collection to leave Somerset House for V&A

12 November 2007

THE Gilbert Collection is to move from Somerset House on London’s Embankment to the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington next year.

Four bailed over violent robbery of Lowrys

12 November 2007

FOUR men have been bailed until Ferbruary 25 next year following the police investigation into the theft of five L.S. Lowry paintings.


Edinburgh plans a feast of Scottish silver

12 November 2007

THE National Museum of Scotland have announced that they are to host the largest exhibition of Scottish silver ever seen.

Mullocks Wells to close

12 November 2007

North west Essex auctioneers Mullocks Wells are to close by the end of the year. Their Monday, November 19 sale of fine art and antiques will go ahead as planned but is likely to be the last at the Dunmow Sale and Auction Rooms.


Gibson’s final address

12 November 2007

Anyone who picked up Sotheby’s latest Chinese catalogue for their November 7 sale in London could not have failed to notice the stunning blue and white Qianlong moonflask on the catalogue cover, the piece that topped the sale when it sold for £2.5m.

Percival David collection moves to British Museum

12 November 2007

A FUNDING crisis means the Percival David Foundation collection of Chinese ceramics will move from the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) to the British Museum.


Making a splash at £74,000

12 November 2007

THE first book on swimming printed in England was Everard Digby’s De arte natandi of 1587.

Future of Frink archive in doubt

12 November 2007

THE closure of Sherborne House in Dorset leaves a question mark over the future of the Elizabeth Frink Archive, the premier assemblage of the sculptor’s work.


Cantering condiments at £7800

05 November 2007

The descendants of James Thursby Pelham, a renowned early 20th century collector who was advised by R. W. Symonds, are in the process of selling some fine English furniture.

Now bank reveals $40m claim against Salander-O’Reilly

05 November 2007

A private San Francisco bank has emerged as one of the largest creditors of Salander-O’Reilly Galleries.


Triggering tantalising tales

05 November 2007

Two different pistols with very different stories sold at provincial auctions in the UK in October.

Betjeman at Bonhams

05 November 2007

PREVIOUSLY unpublished letters from the poet John Betjeman are to form part of the setting for a travelling display of early 20th century jewellery designer Helen Holmes at Bonhams.

Bearne’s forced to withdraw Byron lots

05 November 2007

BEARNE’S have been forced to withdraw a large number of lots relating to Lord Byron from their November 7 sale.

Weak dollar leads to US antiques gold rush online

05 November 2007

Auction houses and antiques malls in the United States are reporting a surge in overseas buying on the internet thanks to the weak dollar.

French Auction Weekend 2007

29 October 2007

FRENCH auctioneers are to hold their next open weekend of events on November 17-18.


Dadd sketch heads for the Met in New York

29 October 2007

Art dealer Andrew Sim has sold a watercolour by Richard Dadd (1817-1886) to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It is the first work by the enigmatic Victorian artist to enter the museum’s vast art collection.

Salander-O’Reilly lawyer says gallery is likely to file for bankruptcy soon

29 October 2007

New York Old Master dealers Salander-O’Reilly are expected to file for bankruptcy after a state judge ordered their gallery to be closed indefinitely.


Sotheby’s up the stakes in Paris

29 October 2007

Sotheby’s have posted their highest price in Paris since the French auction market was opened to foreign firms in 2001.

Clarice Cliff collectors protest against premium hike

29 October 2007

Collectors of Clarice Cliff have voiced their opposition to increased auctioneers’ charges with some refusing to attend Christie’s latest sale of the popular Art Deco pottery.


New provincial picture high as laughing Rembrandt takes £2.2m

26 October 2007

ESTIMATED at just £1000-1500, a work catalogued as by a follower of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has sold for £2.2m at the Gloucestershire saleroom of Moore, Allen & Innocent (15% buyer’s premium).