Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
Ming dynasty vase recovered in London after Swiss theft28 October 2020
A 15th century Chinese vase valued at around £2.5m has been recovered in London by the Met Police.
Online only auctions in Wales and Ireland as virus ‘fire breaks’ begin26 October 2020
Auction houses in Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland are adjusting their sales calendars to accommodate the latest set of Covid-19 restrictions.
Drouot building soon open to all auction houses26 October 2020
Paris auction group Hôtel Drouot has reorganised its operations and will soon allow non-shareholder businesses to operate from its premises.
Trade fears axe of VAT-free shopping for tourists after Brexit26 October 2020
A government plan to end VAT-free shopping for international visitors next year will impact the UK art and antiques trade, say dealers.
Suffolk selection: artworks with a Suffolk theme feature in Ed Sheeran charity auction22 October 2020
A range of artworks with a Suffolk connection are being offered at a charity sale titled 'Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction' at auction house Lacy Scott & Knight.
Antiques centre owner warns others of thieves’ technique after sky light break-in21 October 2020
The owner of an antiques centre has warned others to be vigilant and take extra precautions after being broken into via a sky light.
Rare first pressing of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ album signed by band members sells at seven-times estimate at auction20 October 2020
A rare first pressing of The Who’s My Generation album has sold at seven-times its top estimate at auction in Hertfordshire.
Trade threatened by £100m anti money laundering levy19 October 2020
The art market is lobbying government to try to stop a new levy on the sector for Anti Money Laundering initiatives.
Early 18th century documents detailing a slavery abolitionist's ill-fated project emerge at auction17 October 2020
Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an African island to prove plantations could be run without slavery.
Getty Museum buys 39 Dutch drawings from private collector15 October 2020
A group of Dutch drawings put together by a collector over a number of years has been acquired by the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Gramophone bought by the Rothschild family for Waddesdon Manor comes to auction14 October 2020
A rare gramophone believed to have been bought by James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of the Rothschild banking dynasty, for the family home of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, is coming to auction next week.
Bonhams’ expands management team with new hire14 October 2020
Bonhams has hired Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, a luxury and consumer goods specialist, to become non-executive chairman of the auction house.
Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force13 October 2020
A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.
Christie’s takes third way on premium structure12 October 2020
Christie’s has changed its buyer’s premium levels this autumn – creating clear air between its fee structure and those used at Sotheby’s and Bonhams.
Aston’s premises go to ‘friendly rival’ as Special Auction Services expands into the Midlands12 October 2020
Special Auction Services is expanding into the West Midlands and has taken over the premises of toy and collectables specialist Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley.
The new Roo and the latest launches for dealer premises12 October 2020
With the UK still in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses continue to focus on online sales, but many antiques dealers also recognise the importance of physical premises. Here are five recent openings or expansions across the UK.
Photos commissioned by Queen Victoria come to auction10 October 2020
An archive of works by photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson ((1838-1907), including those commissioned by Queen Victoria, will be offered at auction next week.
TEFAF Maastricht 2021 moved to May08 October 2020
The planned TEFAF Maastricht fair scheduled for next year has moved to May.
Nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts dealer creates online auction at Sotheby’s08 October 2020
Mayfair dealer Adrian Alan is to auction a collection of items from his stock at an online-only sale held by Sotheby’s.
Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton sets auction record in New York07 October 2020
A complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton was hammered down at $27.5m (£21.3m) at Christie’s New York.