Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
Comedian Vic Reeves' artworks to be auctioned in Kent11 November 2016
TV star Vic Reeves may be best known for his zany comedy double act with Bob Mortimer, but he is also said to be an accomplished artist, counting Damien Hirst as a fan.
London’s gallery districts Mayfair and St James’s get special planning protection10 November 2016
The historic art and antiques districts of Mayfair and St James’s last night received designated protection by Westminster City Council planners as part of a new policy for central London.
Mason museum buys rare glass painting of Grand Master09 November 2016
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London has revealed the latest addition to its collection.
Dealers Philip Mould and Simon Phillips weigh into St James's planning row09 November 2016
Dealers Philip Mould and Simon Phillips have intervened in the fight to save Jermyn Street's tapestry gallery and archive in St James's.
Call for bids for Regency-period stonework08 November 2016
A Regency-style façade from Cirencester that has been in storage for a decade will be up for sale in Guildford later this month.
London dealers plan pressure group to protect St James’s08 November 2016
Gallery owners in the St James’s area of London are to form a pressure group in the hope of preserving the area as an art and antiques hub.
Digital technology drives younger dealers and the art market in China07 November 2016
The younger generation in China is fuelling the art market and the trade must embrace digital technology to compete, according to a panel of Asian art experts.
Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton's treasures sold at auction07 November 2016
The inscribed personal bible of Sir Nicholas Winton drew fervent bidding at auction last week in Oxfordshire.
JK Rowling's hand-written and personalised 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' comes to auction05 November 2016
The publisher of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books is to auction his copy of 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' at Sotheby’s next month.
New auction firm sets up in Maidenhead04 November 2016
A new auction business is to open in the Berkshire town of Maidenhead with a debut sale planned for January 21.
Historians should value the art market, says Chinese art expert03 November 2016
Art historians should embrace the trade and understand the value of the art market, argues a programme director at Christie’s Education.
Fears mount over US ‘collectables’ law03 November 2016
A little-publicised California law aimed at protecting buyers of sports memorabilia is threatening to impact the wider art and antiques sector.
The impact of new law on Californian book fairs02 November 2016
A new law that demands that owners of ‘collectables’ provide a certificate of authenticity when selling items could be a threat to antique fairs held in the state.
Rare Rolex takes £140,000 at auction02 November 2016
A Rolex watch that was bought in 1966 for £69.10 has sold at auction for £140,000. The rare Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner stainless steel model is highly desired by collectors due to its 3-6-9 Explorer dial.
BBC show calls for total UK ban on ivory trade - drawing instant response from trade01 November 2016
A BBC documentary investigating the illegal ivory trade, hosted by celebrity chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, has called for a complete ban on the buying and selling of ivory regardless of age.
Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton’s estate goes to auction01 November 2016
A 105th birthday message from the Queen to Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton is among the latter’s possessions that will be auctioned this week.
Victoria Borwick defends antiques trade on ivory31 October 2016
Kensington MP and BADA president Victoria Borwick has responded to demands for a total ban on the ivory trade. She has called on the UK government to ensure antique ivory is exempt from any crackdown.
Fashion star Tommy Hilfiger to sell Basquiat, Hirst and Warhol at auction31 October 2016
US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has picked Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art auction in New York to sell five paintings from his personal collection.
Bronze deity doorstopper becomes a showstopper after making £85,000 at auction31 October 2016
A bronze figure of the fierce four-armed deity Mahakala that was being used as a doorstop in a Gloucestershire cottage sold for £85,000 at Mallams’ Chinese art sale in Cheltenham.
Stamford antiques dealer handed five-year prison sentence28 October 2016
Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud charges.