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.

Mark Law aims to buy back Partridge Fine Art as he blames bankers

04 August 2009

PARTRIDGE Fine Art chairman Mark Law has told ATG that the firm’s bank called in administrators after giving him only 90 minutes notice to pay off their £3m loan facility.

Lester takes reins of Olympia’s summer fair

20 July 2009

FLORIDA fairs impresario David Lester and his wife Lee Ann have taken control of the summer Olympia fair. They have already rebranded it the London International Fine Art Fair.

Lester secures Olympia deal

14 July 2009

FLORIDA-based fair organiser David Lester and his wife Lee-Ann have secured a deal with Clarion Events to become the directors of the June Olympia art and antiques fair.

Lesters set for a January revival of their Miami fair

20 May 2009

FLORIDA fairs impresario David Lester and his wife Lee Anne will launch the Miami International Art Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center from January 6 to 10 next year.

Seafair offers a sea change in stand charges

17 November 2008

FLORIDA-based art fair entrepreneur David Lester is proposing a radical new relationship between exhibitor and fair organiser in response to the global economic turmoil.


Imperial War Museum enjoys a double dose of fortune

21 July 2008

LORD Ashcroft’s Victoria Cross collection – the largest in the world – is to go on public display following his £5m donation to the Imperial War Museum. The news comes as the museum has also received a donation from the Art Fund to purchase an important watercolur by Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) at auction.

Lester buys back Palm Beach fair

30 June 2008

A DEAL is being finalised which means Palm Beach | America's International Fine Art & Antique Fair, is owned once again by Florida-based entrepreneur David Lester, who founded the event.

Ashcroft helps to recover stolen VCs

02 April 2008

Lord Ashcroft has been at the centre of a successful bid to recover 96 medals, including nine Victoria Crosses, stolen from a museum in New Zealand in December.


Lord Ashcroft Trust to show VC collection at Spink

10 March 2008

Spink are to put the unrivalled Victoria Cross collection of Lord Ashcroft on display in an 11-day exhibition in their main gallery in April. The exhibition is a forerunner to what is expected to become a permanent public display in two years’ time.

Luxury floating exhibition venue prepares for a June launch

15 January 2007

ALMOST five years after the idea was first conceived by Florida entrepreneur David Lester, his luxury floating exhibition palace SeaFair is preparing for its maiden voyage in the summer.

Steel shortage delays Lester launch by months

24 June 2006

SEAFAIR, the ambitious project of a floating antiques selling exhibition along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, has delayed its launch from late this year to next June.

Henry Sandon wins Freedom of City of London

06 March 2006

HENRY Sandon, the acknowledged leading authority on Worcester porcelain, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London. The ceremony took place at the Guildhall on February 28, where Mr Sandon then gave the annual Ravenscroft lecture at Glaziers Hall SE1, an event staged by the Glass-Sellers’ Company.

New Year honours for Moorcroft saviour Richard Dennis

23 January 2006

ALONGSIDE, Tom Jones, Bruce Forsyth and the Ashes winning cricket team, the New Year’s honours list featured Richard Dennis.

Mark Law takes over Partridge

26 November 2005

Plans to rejuvenate firm include big stand at Olympia

Hanson opens in Derbyshire hall

23 August 2005

Charles Hanson, formerly of Wintertons, launches his own auction business next month.

Arrest to end Qatar spending spree?

22 March 2005

The recent arrest of Sheikh Saud Al-Thani of Qatar appears to mark the end of a remarkable one-man, eight-year spending spree in the global art market.


Clive of India flask remains in UK – law change suggested

22 December 2004

A LEADING figure in the world of heritage is calling for a change in the export licence rules – after the decision to keep a valuable work of art in the UK.

LAPADA back Cheltenham

19 November 2004

LAPADA will return to The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse for their 2005 Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair following last month’s inaugural event there. It will again be organised by Ingrid Nilson.

Goodison scoops first €10,000 CINOA Prize

07 October 2004

SIR Nicholas Goodison is the winner of the first CINOA Prize, a new award devised by the international confederation of associations of art and antiques dealers.

Bonham quits

08 September 2004

NICK Bonham has quit the board of Bonhams after working for the firm for 38 years.