SOFAA

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers And Valuers (SOFAA) was formed in 1973 to represent fine art and antiques auctioneers and valuers in the UK. Its membership includes a significant number of the leading provincial and specialist salerooms.


Parliament

IVORY BAN – industry leaders react: “We will draw the government’s attention to the ban’s inconsistencies”

03 April 2018

An idea that began life in 2015 with a Tory government manifesto pledge for a total ban on the UK trade in ivory has finally taken shape, though not as draconian as originally pitched and not yet set in legislative stone.

Data protection

Not ready for new data protection rules? Government launches hotline to help on GDPR

06 November 2017

The government has unveiled a dedicated advice line to help small and micro businesses such as auction houses and dealerships to prepare for new data protection laws coming into force in May 2018.

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Trade bodies welcome progress in fight against modern elephant poaching

26 October 2017

A new CITES report stating that elephant poaching in Africa declined in 2016 for the fifth year in a row has been welcomed by antiques industry trade body representatives.

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SOFAA dinner 2017 in pictures

10 July 2017

Temperatures are usually high in London when the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) hosts its biennial dinner and this year was no exception. The heat outside didn’t dissuade attendees from donning black tie and high heels to the event at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge on June 30.

Theresa May

Tory 2017 manifesto: no explicit mention of ivory

18 May 2017

The Conservative's 2017 manifesto launched this morning was dominated by Brexit, social care, education and cyber security but was without the party's intentions on controlling the UK ivory trade. This is in contrast to the 2015 version, which pledged an outright ban on trade in ivory.

Election 2017: time to ‘get our voices heard’

24 April 2017

Trade bodies line up to make the case for art and antiques sector

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Our post-Brexit wish list and concerns: dealers and auctioneers hopeful that Artist’s Resale Right will be reviewed  

24 June 2016

Art and antiques dealers and auctioneers are already compiling a wish-list for the industry in the wake of last week's UK vote to leave the European Union.

Honing gavel skills with SOFAA and RICS

11 January 2016

The Society of Fine Arts Auctioneers (SOFAA) and the RICS are holding a seminar in Crewkerne on February 18 aimed at those starting out on their auctioneering career.

SOFAA issue new T&Cs for online selling

02 December 2015

In response to the new Consumer Rights Act, the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers have produced two different versions of their model terms and conditions – one for bricks and mortar ‘onsite’ auctions and another for online-only sales.

Last year in perspective: a view from the SOFAA

19 January 2015

Commenting on the wider marketplace in her capacity as chairman of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers, Helen Carless, chairman and managing director of Lawrences of Crewkerne, gave ATG this brief summary of the feedback received from various SOFAA members.

Ex-chairman of SOFAA damns 2% success fee

28 October 2014

The chairman of one of the UK’s most successful provincial auction houses has joined the condemnation of Christie’s new 2% success fee, saying he is appalled by it.

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Carless succeeds Viney at SOFAA

08 July 2013

At the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers biennial dinner at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge Paul Viney of Woolley & Wallis officially handed over the chairmanship of the association to Helen Carless, managing director of Lawrences Crewkerne.

SAS join SOFAA

01 October 2012

Special Auction Services of Newbury have been elected to the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA).

SOFAA welcomes its first online auctions member

24 January 2011

AUCTION Atrium, the Kensington-based auction house established in 2006, have become a member of professional body The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers.

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Viney takes over the helm at SOFAA

22 June 2009

CLIVE Stewart-Lockhart of Dreweatts handed over the chairmanship of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers to Paul Viney of Woolley & Wallis at the Society’s biennial dinner at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London last week.

DMG sell off American fairs to former senior executives

08 May 2009

TWO former senior executives of dmg World Media have bought the three American SOFA fairs and the Charlotte, North Carolina showground fair from their former company.

Lawyer alerts industry to unwitting bribe risk

07 July 2008

AUCTIONEERS at the latest Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) seminar were visibly shocked as they learnt how easy it is to become an unwitting party to a bribe.

SOFAA announce £1000 essay contest

06 March 2008

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers are to award a £1000 prize in a competition for the best industry-related essay by a junior employee of a SOFAA-registered company.

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Stewart-Lockhart takes over the reins at SOFAA

18 December 2006

CLIVE Stewart-Lockhart has been elected as the new chairman of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers (SOFAA).

Auction law conference

18 December 2006

SIGN up now for the joint RICS/SOFAA Auction Law Conference which will take place in London on Monday, January 22.

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