Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
Sotheby’s buys scientific research firm Orion Analytical in fight against fakes05 December 2016
Sotheby’s has bought scientific research specialist Orion Analytical to "help to make the art market a safer place".
Cotswold School Arts & Crafts furniture up for auction in Cheltenham03 December 2016
Arts & Crafts furniture from the collection of a former boss of brewing giant Mitchell & Butler will be offered at The Cotswold Auction Company this month.
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson wedding photos double estimate at auction at Bellmans02 December 2016
Rarely seen photographs of the wedding that caused a constitutional crisis and rocked the British monarchy have been sold at £9200.
Fears over new import licence system as EU targets trade on illicit art02 December 2016
Leading trade bodies are voicing concerns that a revised EU consultation into the illicit trafficking of antiquities could lead to a “burdensome” new import licence system.
'Star Wars' plastic bag from Leicestershire toy factory makes eight times estimate at auction30 November 2016
It might not be a Bag for Life but this plastic bag has set a collector back £240.
Tributes pour in for Antiques Roadshow militaria expert Graham Lay30 November 2016
Antiques Roadshow expert and militaria specialist Graham Lay has passed away. A well-known personality on the show for more than 25 years, his death was announced by the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.
Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction30 November 2016
A rare and recently rediscovered Irish Commonwealth/Charles II silver porringer sold today for £25,000 – five times its estimate – at Sworders’ auction in Essex.
Museums offered chance to buy metal detectorist’s Bronze Age gold torc29 November 2016
A 3000-year old torc found in a field in east Cambridgeshire is one of the largest and heaviest to be unearthed in the UK.
Landlord agrees to let restorer stay in north London shop after petition29 November 2016
A north London independent antique restorer who faced eviction has got the go-ahead to stay.
Vintage fashion fans strut into Cheshire for Peter Wilson auction28 November 2016
An auction of the designer wardrobe of a socialite at Peter Wilson’s Nantwich saleroom attracted more than 100 people and raised £27,000.
Art detectives needed for the nation28 November 2016
Do you know who this bespectacled gentlemen is? Or whose hand is behind this painting of ‘Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo’? If you think you do, you could become an art detective for the nation.
They said what?! The week (21-27 Nov) in quotes from the art and antiques world27 November 2016
In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others – from Lego fanatics to the Christmas rush.
Rare Anne Frank poem sells at auction25 November 2016
A handwritten poem by Anne Frank has sold at auction in the Netherlands at €140,000 (£119,000).
Bristol auctioneer plans Lego-only sale24 November 2016
East Bristol Auctions is holding a Lego sale next month. With more than 300 lots, the firm claims the auction will be the world’s first dedicated Lego toy sale.
Nepalese bronze sets house record for Matthew Barton24 November 2016
West London auction firm Matthew Barton has set a house record with the sale of a Nepalese bronze after it was hammered down at £85,000.
Trade reacts to Portobello plans24 November 2016
Portobello Road traders remain unconvinced of revised plans to develop the vintage end of the west London market.
Top picks from the Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale at Sotheby’s23 November 2016
The late Lord & Lady Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale made a hammer total of £2.48m at Sotheby’s yesterday with all 66 lots finding buyers. The collection was formed over 50 years after the couple purchased a £3 souvenir ashtray in 1954.
Christie’s Education to move across London to South Kensington23 November 2016
Christie’s Education, the educational arm of the auction house, plans to relocate to the firm’s South Kensington saleroom.
TW Gaze plots expansion in Diss23 November 2016
Norfolk’s TW Gaze is expanding its saleroom after buying the freehold of the land.
Rare dodo skeleton sold at auction in West Sussex for £280,00022 November 2016
A rare dodo skeleton – the first almost complete specimen in nearly a century – has sold for £280,000 at auction.