Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Orion scientist James Martin

Sotheby’s buys scientific research firm Orion Analytical in fight against fakes

05 December 2016

Sotheby’s has bought scientific research specialist Orion Analytical to "help to make the art market a safer place".

Long clock

Cotswold School Arts & Crafts furniture up for auction in Cheltenham

03 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.

Wallis Simpson wedding

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson wedding photos double estimate at auction at Bellmans

02 December 2016

Rarely seen photographs of the wedding that caused a constitutional crisis and rocked the British monarchy have been sold at £9200.

EU Parliament

Fears over new import licence system as EU targets trade on illicit art

02 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.

Plastic bag

'Star Wars' plastic bag from Leicestershire toy factory makes eight times estimate at auction

30 November 2016

It might not be a Bag for Life but this plastic bag has set a collector back £240.

Graham Lay

Tributes pour in for Antiques Roadshow militaria expert Graham Lay

30 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.

The IS silver porringer

Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction

30 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.

Gold torc

Museums offered chance to buy metal detectorist’s Bronze Age gold torc

29 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.

Bennet and Brown

Landlord agrees to let restorer stay in north London shop after petition

29 November 2016

A north London independent antique restorer who faced eviction has got the go-ahead to stay.

Peter Wilson vintage fashion

Vintage fashion fans strut into Cheshire for Peter Wilson auction

28 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.

Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo

Art detectives needed for the nation

28 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.

ATG quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (21-27 Nov) in quotes from the art and antiques world

27 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.

Anne Frank poem

Rare Anne Frank poem sells at auction

25 November 2016

A handwritten poem by Anne Frank has sold at auction in the Netherlands at €140,000 (£119,000).

Lego

Bristol auctioneer plans Lego-only sale

24 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.

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Nepalese bronze sets house record for Matthew Barton

24 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.

Portobello

Trade reacts to Portobello plans

24 November 2016

Portobello Road traders remain unconvinced of revised plans to develop the vintage end of the west London market.

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Top picks from the Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale at Sotheby’s

23 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

Christie’s Education to move across London to South Kensington

23 November 2016

Christie’s Education, the educational arm of the auction house, plans to relocate to the firm’s South Kensington saleroom.

TW Gaze

TW Gaze plots expansion in Diss

23 November 2016

Norfolk’s TW Gaze is expanding its saleroom after buying the freehold of the land.

A rare dodo skeleton

Rare dodo skeleton sold at auction in West Sussex for £280,000

22 November 2016

A rare dodo skeleton – the first almost complete specimen in nearly a century – has sold for £280,000 at auction.