Letters to the Editor


ATG letter: We love you really but what do you charge?

03 December 2018

MADAM – Michael Roberts of PFK should not concern himself too much over a bit of “auction house bashing” (ATG No 2368).

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game

26 November 2018

MADAM – I write this letter with three separate hats on but, in all three cases, addressed for the attention or our many auction houses.

Make Me A Dealer called to account

26 November 2018

MADAM – On the recommendation of a friend I watched a few of the new Make Me a Dealer programmes presented by Paul Martin (ATGs passim).

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The big debate: should dealers be vetting?

26 November 2018

The TEFAF decision to remove dealers from vetting at their shows has caused debate (ATG Nos 2367 & 2368). Here, silver dealer Alastair Dickenson writes to ATG giving his view, while we canvass opinion from four more experts.

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ATG letter: Auction house charges – let’s focus on the real issues

19 November 2018

In a letter to ATG, auctioneer Michael Roberts of PFK Penrith defends auction house commissions saying “the majority of regional firms offer a good service, fairly priced”.

ATG letters: Sticky labels on sculptures and pictures

19 November 2018

MADAM – Re: ‘Sticky Problem’ letter in ATG No 2367.

ATG letter: Take it from me, there is no fakery or fixing on Make Me A Dealer

19 November 2018

MADAM – The trade’s reaction to the Make Me A Dealer TV show (letters in ATG No 2368) have not been especially kind to the show.

ATG letter: The piece initiative on ivory

19 November 2018

MADAM – Further to the distortion of ivory figures by separate piano keys (News, ATG No 2364): surely they are further distorted by the 32 pieces in a chess set, 144 pieces in a Mahjong set, or indeed the 23 balls in an antique snooker set.

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New daytime TV show ‘no substitute’ for Flog It!

12 November 2018

The art and antiques trade have a love-hate relationship with television shows depicting their career choice.

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ATG letter: Sticky problem of lot labels

12 November 2018

MADAM – May I make a plea, through your publication, for auction houses to be aware of the damage sticky lot labels can do to the delicate water gilding on the frames of paintings.

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ATG letter: Deactivated weapons - why salerooms have to be aware

05 November 2018

MADAM – Responding to your article in ATG No 2365 ('UK salerooms 'not aware' of new laws on deactivated firearms'), I felt compelled to write in.

ATG letter: All fees charged by auction houses should be ‘crystal clear’

05 November 2018

MADAM – I refer to your article regarding the slight wrist-slap the Advertising Standards Authority gave Christie’s about notification of extra fees charged for services rendered (ATG No 2365).

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ATG letter: Does my piano now need 52 separate licences?

29 October 2018

MADAM – We have a once fine upright piano in our salerooms, sadly rejected now at three successive sales.

ATG letter: Shepherd art owner’s circle launched

29 October 2018

MADAM – A major new worldwide search has been launched to track down hundreds of original artworks by wildlife artist David Shepherd one year after his death.

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Lucy Gregory makes NAVA final

29 October 2018

An auctioneer from Dreweatts made the final of this year’s NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition.

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ATG LETTER: Ivory and rhino horn view ‘does not make sense’

22 October 2018

MADAM – It is with some interest and concern that I read in ATG No 2362 of the new restrictions being proposed to government by BADA on the trade in rhino horn.

ATG LETTER: Not all dealer costs are the same

22 October 2018

MADAM – At your recent round table on charging for expertise, you raised the point about dealers publishing their profit margins (ATG No 2358).

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ATG Letter: Rewards for the underbidder sound great - mine’s a bottle of wine, thanks

20 October 2018

MADAM – I am writing regarding a point made at your recent round table (ATG No 2358) on charging for expertise, regarding how auctioneers need to value the underbidder.

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The Back Page: Canine reader gets his teeth into Charterhouse auctioneer's copy of ATG

15 October 2018

With summer out of the way we can’t even blame the newspaper ‘silly season’ for running this tweet by Richard Bromell from Charterhouse auction house in Sherborne… but it did make us smile.

ATG letter: The government's lack of compensation for owners of ivory after the ban is ‘not fair’

08 October 2018

MADAM – I reply to the letter from Louise Ravula and Jane Alexandra (ATG No 2359) on a number of points they made about the antiques industry's attitude to the forthcoming ivory ban.

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