Latest news about key people in the art and antiques market including top names who work at major auction houses; organisers of significant art and antiques fairs; antiques dealers; collectors; museum curators; heads of trade organisations; market and regulatory experts.

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Pinault’s gift helps to end Chinese spat with Christie’s

07 May 2013

The Pinault family, owners of Christie’s and the luxury goods group PPR, are to hand back to China the two Qianlong bronzes that caused great upset when offered for sale in Paris four years ago.

Eric Knowles joins Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

18 February 2013

Eric Knowles has joined the team at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions as a consultant.


Simon de Pury sells his stake and quits auction house

12 January 2013

Simon de Pury, the high-profile international auctioneer, has sold his remaining stake in Phillips de Pury & Company to The Mercury Group and stepped down as chairman.

New alliance for Miami fair as French dealers team up with David Lester

27 November 2012

The Florida organisers International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) have teamed up with the French dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), organisers of the Paris Biennale, to launch a Miami fair in 2014.

High Court issues order freezing sheikh’s assets

12 November 2012

The High Court has issued an order freezing $15m of assets belonging to art collector Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani.

Qatari’s unpaid bill reaches High Court

05 November 2012

The High Court has reserved judgment on whether to continue freezing the assets of a Qatari sheikh accused of being a serial defaulter on debts run up at auction.


The hand of Lely in Dorchester

22 October 2012

This 2ft 5in x 2ft ½in (75 x 62cm) bust length portrait drew the attention of a number of bidders with a particular interest in historical pictures when it appeared at auction in Dorchester.


Henry Wyndham recovering

28 August 2012

Henry Wyndham is reported to be recovering well after he was shot in the face at a grouse shoot in Scotland.


Sue Ede sticks to trusted formula for Bath and the Cotswolds

10 August 2012

Last month, we reported on Sue Ede’s purchase of The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair from Robin Coleman, the Bath-based dealer who has organised the event for the past 23 years.

Sue Ede acquires Bath Decorative Fair

02 July 2012

Sue Ede has acquired ‘The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair’ from Robin Coleman, the Bath-based dealer who has organised the event for the past 23 years.

Olympia play it again for a Casablanca ball

21 May 2012

For the third time, fair organiser Ingrid Nilson is hoping to enliven the first Friday of the Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair with another Secret Antiques Dealers’ Ball on June 8 at The Hilton Olympia Hotel just next door.

Goodman sells up in Australia

10 January 2011

AFTER just one year at the helm of Sotheby’s Australia, Tim Goodman has retired as chairman and principal shareholder.

Christie’s appoint new CEO

27 September 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced some major management changes at senior level with the promotion of Edward Dolman from CEO to chairman of Christie’s International plc and the appointment of Steven Pleshette Murphy to succeed him as the new CEO.

Resolving the Lester question

09 August 2010

IS David Lester co-owner of the Olympia summer fair or not?

Ede acquires Harrogate fair from Bailey

10 May 2010

WEST COUNTRY-based Cooper Fairs have bought The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair from Essex organiser Robert Bailey.

Christie’s upbeat despite overall fall in 2009 sales

01 February 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced a 24 per cent year-on-year fall in sales for 2009 to £2.1bn.

Ashcroft captures ‘ultimate VC and bar’

30 November 2009

THE Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has reportedly paid nearly £1.5m for the only double Victoria Cross awarded during the First World War.

Lester on a learning curve?

23 November 2009

MORE than 100 dealers braved gales to be at Olympia at 9.30 on the morning of November 18 for a meeting called by Florida impresario David Lester. They were there to discuss the London International Fine Art Fair, the renamed June Olympia which he co-owns with Clarion but very much runs himself.

Simms leaves Olympia for Florida

17 August 2009

DAVID Lester’s Florida company International Fine Art Expositions have announced that Freya Simms, who recently stepped down after four years as show director of Olympia’s antique fairs, is joining them as director of sales and marketing at Expoships and IFAE.

Lester unveils his plans for Olympia fair

10 August 2009

David Lester has unveiled his new plans for next year’s summer Olympia, now branded the London International Fine Art Fair.