Posts by Freya Simms

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    Carols in The Scrubs

    Would you look for a king (the baby Jesus) in a stable, tucked away behind an inn, or an artist in a prison? Honestly, probably not, but that is just what the Koestler Trust aims to do, eloquently explained by their Chair, Dame Anne Owers former Chief Inspector of Prisons, at a carol concert co-hosted with HMP Wormwood Scrubs. 

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    Highclere House, Historic Houses Association
    Highclere House, Historic Houses Association

    Question: How can I alert people locally that the auction house I run is seeking consignments (and quality ones at that)?

     

    One of the most effective ways to target the ‘right’ audience and increase the value of consignments is through complimentary local partnerships. Partnership marketing (as it is called) can pay real dividends, whether fostered through creating joint events or by securing the use of a third party opted-in database to access a new audience through effective direct marketing. 

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    Sotheby's
    Sotheby's

    What is it about a stint at Sotheby’s auction house that turns out such polished and dynamic business leaders? With over 1,500 people employed globally, the long-established company seems to incubate a crowd of impressive entrepreneurs and market disrupters. There is even an exclusive club of Sotheby’s alumni called ex1744 that is full to bursting with successful people chewing the fat about challenges to the art market and the opportunities there for the taking.

  • For the love of spinels...

    “There is also… an other kydne of rubies which wee caule spinelle” Richard Eden, 16th century alchemist, 1555
    Freya Simms by Freya Simms
    Bonhams
    Bonhams

    What better way to start the week than to be dazzled by jewels and to be treated to a sneak preview of Bonhams upcoming auction of fine jewels to be held this Thursday, 24th September at Bonhams, Bond Street? One of the benefits of having been in the art market for a number of years working across auction houses, fairs and galleries is the rich and varied network you acquire along the way and the access it can bring.

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    Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Apianus, Petrus Astronomicum Caesareum. Ingolstadt, Peter Apian, 1540.
    Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Apianus, Petrus Astronomicum Caesareum. Ingolstadt, Peter Apian, 1540.

    Some of the earliest evidence of man on earth demonstrates our perpetual quest to understand exactly where we are at a given time and place. Mapmaking has been an integral part of the human history for thousands of years from cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, through the Age of Exploration, and on into the 21st century. People have created and used maps as essential tools to help them define, explain, and navigate their way through the world.  The earliest known maps are of the heavens, not the earth. Dots dating to 16,500 BC found on the walls of the Lascaux caves map out part of the night sky, including the three bright stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair as well as the Pleiades star cluster.