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London Coin Fair moves to new venue

The London Coin Fair is moving to a new venue for 2024. For the past 20 years it has been held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. However, from the summer it will take place at The Novotel London West, Hammersmith.

Co-owner Lu Veissidsaid: “The location is easy to get to by car, bus or rail and it is only a couple of minutes walk from two underground stations. It also has space for 240 cars under the hotel.

“Everyone will be in one room, food and drink will be available all day with seating, and the St James’s auction will be held as usual, also within the room.”

The next event is scheduled for June 1, followed by September 7 and November 2.

Woolleys ready for next trainee intake

Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis is hiring for the next graduate for its Trainee Valuer Scheme.

It recently offered the first graduate from its scheme a position within its silver department, working alongside Rupert Slingsby (associate director and silver specialist).

Archie Swann started on the scheme in September 2022 and took up his full-time position at the start of this year.

The second graduate, Hannah Farthing, is now progressing through the scheme.

W&W chairman John Axford said: “We are still looking to hear from other candidates who are interested in pursuing a career with Woolley & Wallis.”

CVs and covering letters should be sent to chairman@woolleys.live.

Jewellers’ event line-up revealed

The National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) has revealed the programme for its Valuers’ Conference, taking place at the NAJ Summit from June 22-24 (and hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers and the Retail Jeweller’s Congress).

The conference includes presentations, masterclasses and workshops designed for jewellery valuers, retailers and sales professionals as well as students and designers. The event will be held at Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham.

Sotheby’s HK set for summer launch


Sotheby’s Hong Kong HQ will open in July.

Sotheby’s is preparing to open its new Hong Kong headquarters. Described by the auction house as Sotheby’s Maison, the 24,000 sq ft (2230 sq m) space at Landmark Chater, a retail centre in Central, Hong Kong, will open in July.

It will feature auctions, exhibitions as well as art and luxury items for “immediate purchase” as well as a café. Sotheby’s said the new premises will be a “collecting hub” for Asia, “providing a reimagining of the art and luxury experience”.

Tearle joins L&T as watches head

Lyon & Turnbull has appointed watch specialist Charles Tearle as head of watches.

He has more than 30 years’ experience and started his career in vintage watches at the retailer Somlo Antiques in 1990. He later joined Bonhams to establish a watch department for the company in the US before running a watch department in New York and Hong Kong for Swiss auction house Antiquorum.


Lyon & Turnbull has appointed watch specialist Charles Tearle as head of watches.

Tearle also worked at Sotheby’s before becoming an independent consultant.

Tearle’s expertise covers a vast period of watchmaking from the 17th century to modern-day with a personal interest in watches from the 1950s-70s.

L&T’s next Select Jewellery & Watches auction is on April 16 in London.

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Industrial Sketch by LS Lowry which sold at John Nicholson’s.

The hammer price of Industrial Sketch by LS Lowry which sold at John Nicholson’s, Fernhurst, Surrey, on March 26, coming in just under its £300,000-400,000 estimate. The signed painting was purchased at The Lefevre Gallery, London, in 1953 and had previously been offered at a Sotheby’s online sale in 2021 where it was unsold against a £200,000-300,000 pitch.