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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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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.

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John Sandon stands down at Bonhams after 44 years in pots

06 May 2019

After 44 years working as an auction house specialist, John Sandon has chosen to retire from his post as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams.

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Obituary: Memories of art dealer Patrick Payne

06 May 2019

Retired art dealer Patrick Payne, formerly of Arden Gallery, Henley-in-Arden, and later of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, has died at his daughter’s home in London aged 86.

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Bonhams glass and ceramics specialist John Sandon looks back at his life in auctions

06 May 2019

In today’s world when employment fluidity is the norm, it is rare to find someone who had been in the same job and place all their working life. But when he hung up his hat last week from his role as international director of glass and British ceramics at Bonhams, John Sandon had clocked up almost 44 years, man and boy, in the same saddle.

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Book dealer Bryars starts new chapter as a model

06 May 2019

A portrait of rare books dealer Tim Bryars of Bryars & Bryars features in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition.

Phillip Knapper
The fire at Notre-Dame in Paris

Christie’s owner Pinault family pledges €100m for Notre-Dame in Paris after fire

16 April 2019

The Pinault family, owner of auction house Christie’s, has pledged €100m for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after the fire yesterday.

Victoria Borwick

BADA president Victoria Borwick resigns from role

12 April 2019

Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA), has resigned after nearly four years in the post.

Harold Wilson

Collection from the “extraordinary life” of Harold Wilson and his wife Mary comes to auction in Staffordshire

12 April 2019

Harold Wilson (1916-95) was Britain’s prime minister not once, but twice and was the man who offered Britain its first referendum on membership of the then European Community and the Common Market.

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New president of ABA the ‘first from north of Watford Gap’

08 April 2019

Book dealer Roger Treglown is the new president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

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Marc Sands

Former Christie’s marketing boss joins Bonhams

22 March 2019

Bonhams has hired Christie’s former marketing supremo Marc Sands.

Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

Fake or Fortune? to return to TV screens this year for eighth series with art sleuths Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

21 March 2019

Filming is underway for the latest episodes of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' which is scheduled to return to TV screens later this year.

Mike Vitale and Adam Pye

John Pye expands, marathon man Terry Woodcock, Phillips in California and new tech for Dix Noonan Webb – a selection of the latest news from across the auction houses

18 March 2019

John Pye Auctions will expand its Nottingham headquarters with two new salerooms – taking its total to nine.

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Singapore artist's abstract brings interest in Derbyshire

18 March 2019

An abstract creation by the revered Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-83) took £15,500 at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

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TEFAF chooses new global chair for ‘independent’ vetting committees

11 March 2019

Ahead of the Maastricht fair on March 16-24, TEFAF has appointed a new global chairman of vetting.

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Former Wace director Brown to go it alone

18 February 2019

Claire Brown, formerly director of Rupert Wace Ancient Art, has launched a new independent venture after 30 years in the art and antiques trade.

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Bruce Addison

Chiswick Auctions sets sights on Scottish consignments by hiring Bruce Addison

04 February 2019

Chiswick Auctions has hired former Bonhams auctioneer Bruce Addison to head a new Scottish office.

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