Private Sales

Auctioneers conducting private sales was once an almost unthinkable practice in the art and antiques trade. But since around 2000 it become an increasingly notable part of the business, especially for Sotheby’s, Christie’s and other of the world’s leading salerooms.


Simon de Pury

Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over 'gentleman's agreement’

17 May 2019

The Court of Appeals in London has upheld a decision that said advisor Simon de Pury was entitled to a $10m fee on the strength of a handshake agreement.

David Norman of Phillips

Phillips bolsters US business with former Sotheby's hires and Christie’s focuses on private sales - the latest Movers and Shakers

30 April 2019

A selection of appointments across the art and antiques market including Phillips hiring former Sotheby’s head of Impressionist & Modern art David Norman.

Tony Benn

Tony Benn archive heads to British Library after help from auction house Christie’s

06 March 2019

The archive of Labour’s longest-serving MP Tony Benn (1925-2014) has been accepted by the British Library.

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Final painting of Mod Brit artist Julian Trevelyan showing Strawberry Hill sells at new art fair

30 January 2019

Julian Trevelyan’s last painting, depicting Strawberry Hill against a pink sky, sold in the first hours of Connect Art Fair’s inaugural staging yesterday.

Dickens

Charles Dickens 'lost portrait' purchase for the nation fundraising hits £60,000

21 January 2019

A public fund-raising effort to purchase the ‘lost’ portrait of Charles Dickens for the nation from dealership Philip Mould & Company has reached £60,000, a third of the asking price.

New York County Supreme Court

Gallery takes legal action against Christie’s over private sale of Francis Bacon painting

16 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

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Pre-Raphaelite watercolour tops sales at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham

03 December 2018

Among the works selling at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham was a watercolour by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908).

Broadhursts Bookshop

Bookshop goes viral on Twitter after selling book that had been on the shelf for 27 years

19 November 2018

A bookshop’s tweet announcing it had sold a book that had been on its shelf for 27 years went viral over the weekend.

Mosaic

Replica of the largest British Roman mosaic to return home to Gloucestershire

02 October 2018

A replica of the largest Roman mosaic to be found in Britain could return home to Gloucestershire where it was made.

 silver ewer

Palace of Versailles buys Chinese silver ewer in private deal

24 September 2018

A rare 17th century Chinese silver ewer has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles in a private treaty sale conducted by the auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre. It is the only known surviving piece of silverware from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam (Thailand) in 1686.

Mars

‘Dresden Mars’ returns to Saxony instead of auction at Sotheby’s

03 July 2018

The bronze figure known as the ‘Dresden Mars’ is returning home after the Dresden State Art Collections agreed to buy the artwork ahead of a planned auction tomorrow.

Singer Sargent

Bowled over by Singer Sargent - National Trust secures painting of Ightham Mote

11 June 2018

In 1889, the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) visited the 14th century manor house Ightham Mote in Kent and painted a picture of its occupants playing a game of bowls.

Juan de Zurbaran still life

Sotheby’s brokers sale of rare Juan de Zurbarán still life to National Gallery

27 April 2018

Sotheby’s has negotiated the private sale of a still life by Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649) to the National Gallery, London.

TEFAF Maastricht 2018

TEFAF Maastricht 2018: Let the sales begin

08 March 2018

TEFAF Maastricht's preview opened today at the MECC with 275 exhibitors showcasing 7000 years of art history.

Constable

BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' uncovers £2m Constable sketch after it “slipped through the fingers” of dealer Philip Mould

20 August 2017

A painting that dealer Philip Mould twice bought and sold more than 15 years ago has been attributed to John Constable in the first episode in the new series of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?'.

Young

Bowman Sculpture sells British work to American university

05 August 2017

London gallery Bowman Sculpture has a sold an Emily Young sculpture to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, US.

Titanic

Thousands of Titanic artefacts to be sold after owner goes bankrupt

04 July 2017

A court in the US will decide the fate of more than 5500 Titanic artefacts after the company that owns them filed for bankruptcy.

Miety Heiden of Phillips

Phillips appoint Miety Heiden to head up private sales operation

15 March 2017

Continuing the run of ex-Sotheby’s and Christie’s staff joining Phillips, Miety Heiden has been appointed as deputy chairman and head of private sales.

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Private deals are thriving in times of tension

11 March 2017

Latest TEFAF market report says uncertainty drives confidentiality

Helen Carless and Lady Carnarvon

Auctioneers negotiate private sale of ‘Downton Abbey’ photographs

27 February 2017

A photo album giving a glimpse of late 19th century life in one of Britain’s most distinguished country seats is heading back home.

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