Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Vic & Bob

Comedian Vic Reeves' artworks to be auctioned in Kent

11 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.

St James's

London’s gallery districts Mayfair and St James’s get special planning protection

10 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.

Prince of Wales

Mason museum buys rare glass painting of Grand Master

09 November 2016

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London has revealed the latest addition to its collection.

Art dealer Philip Mould

Dealers Philip Mould and Simon Phillips weigh into St James's planning row

09 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.

Regency facade

Call for bids for Regency-period stonework

08 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.

S Franses

London dealers plan pressure group to protect St James’s

08 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.

L&T debate panel

Digital technology drives younger dealers and the art market in China

07 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.

Sir Nicholas Winton

Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton's treasures sold at auction

07 November 2016

The inscribed personal bible of Sir Nicholas Winton drew fervent bidding at auction last week in Oxfordshire.

Barry Cunningham

JK Rowling's hand-written and personalised 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' comes to auction

05 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.

Aubrey Dawson

New auction firm sets up in Maidenhead

04 November 2016

A new auction business is to open in the Berkshire town of Maidenhead with a debut sale planned for January 21.

Nixi Cura

Historians should value the art market, says Chinese art expert

03 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’ law

03 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 fairs

02 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 auction

02 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.

Ivory confrontation

BBC show calls for total UK ban on ivory trade - drawing instant response from trade

01 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.

Sir Nicholas Winton

Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton’s estate goes to auction

01 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

Victoria Borwick defends antiques trade on ivory

31 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 auction

31 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 auction

31 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 sentence

28 October 2016

Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud charges.