Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Auction house Paddle8 files for bankruptcy protection

19 March 2020

The online auction house Paddle8 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

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Christie's switches focus to private sales and postpones auctions to deal with coronavirus

19 March 2020

Christie’s has made a series of changes to its auction schedule across the world to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

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Record level of Treasure finds boosted by metal detectorists and a tipper truck

18 March 2020

The number of items deemed to be Treasure and found by the UK public has hit a record high, according to new figures from the British Museum.

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Coronavirus: Government unveils further business support

18 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus.

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Budget 2020: Business rates scrapped for small shops and galleries

11 March 2020

Art and antiques dealers welcomed news from Chancellor Rishi Sunak that the government will abolish business rates for small businesses this year but warned more still needs to be done.

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Movers and Shakers - new appointments across the art and antiques market

10 March 2020

An update on new appointments and expansions including at 1818 Auctioneers, Charterhouse and Swann Auction Galleries.

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TEFAF Maastricht remains quieter but stand-out sales continue as Van Gogh sells for around €12m

09 March 2020

Monday in Maastricht at TEFAF was a quieter experience as visitor numbers (anecdotally) remained down into the second week of the art and antiques fair.

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Growth in second-hand will ‘skyrocket’, conference hears

09 March 2020

The art and antiques trade should be able to tap into the desire by younger people to buy second-hand, delegates of the latest LAPADA Conference were told.

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British Museum buys 3000-year-old Bronze age gold pendant

07 March 2020

A well-preserved 3000-year-old Bronze age gold sun pendant, known as a bulla, has been bought by the British Museum after it was found by a metal detectorist in Shropshire in 2018.

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UK remains in second place in global art market league table

05 March 2020

The UK has retained second place ahead of China in sales of art and antiques, according to the latest Art Basel and UBS global art market report 2020.

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How to promote the art and antiques trade and win new customers – LAPADA conference 2020

03 March 2020

How to best promote the art and antiques trade, take advantage of the worldwide focus on sustainability and win new customers were the themes for this year’s LAPADA conference.

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Bonhams expands in Germany with new classic car auction

03 March 2020

Auction house Bonhams has picked The Schloss Dyck Classic Days Festival as the location for a new classic car auction in Germany.

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Design and book fairs in Milan and Paris latest to be cancelled amid spread of coronavirus but TEFAF Maastricht and Salon du Dessin to go ahead

02 March 2020

Milan’s design fair 'Salone del Mobile' and Paris’ book fair 'Salon du Livre' have postponed planned events this month due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus.

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New faces - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

02 March 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including at Bonhams, Swan At Tetsworth and Hindman Auctions.

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‘Outstanding’ maiolica medicine jar bought by British Museum in tax arrangement with dealer Sam Fogg

28 February 2020

A sixteenth century double-handled maiolica albarello, bought by Mayfair dealer Sam Fogg in 2014, has been acquired by the British Museum.

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Coronavirus: Sotheby’s latest to change Hong Kong auction schedule

25 February 2020

Sotheby’s has moved its Modern Art evening sale and Contemporary Art evening and day auction to New York from Hong Kong following the spread of coronavirus.

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Interior designers and auction houses team up for spring sales

25 February 2020

This spring auction houses Dreweatts and Fellows plan events with interior decorators and designers Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Caroline Percy and architectural historian Oliver Gerrish.

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The Box catches the Martinware crab

24 February 2020

The Box, a museum, gallery and archive set to open in Plymouth in May, has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers.

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Art After Hours - charity event launches at new The Open Art Fair

21 February 2020

The Open Art Fair taking place next month at Duke of York Square in Chelsea will host a Next Generation party to raise money for charity.

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New faces and organisations - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

20 February 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including at Lyon & Turnbull , Sotheby’s France and Catherine Southon.