Bendor Grosvenor

Bendor Grosvenor is an art historian and broadcaster


Re-discoveries lead London Old Master auctions

New £7.3m record for Joseph Wright of Derby painting tops December sales in London

The reproduction fee hustle

Museums’ licensing demands are a pernicious tax on scholarship

London poised to regain Old Master crown from New York

Sotheby’s offers its most valuable Old Master sale in London, and a Guardi painting at Christie’s could break records


How to spot a knackered picture

As collector's flock to Maastricht for Tefaf, here is our guide to recognising a painting's hidden qualities

Local collections should be nationalised to halt sell-offs

A stroke of a ministerial pen saved Liverpool’s collections 35 years ago—the same needs to happen again

Goya, Constable and Brueghel headline Old Master auctions in London

Tefaf New York proved there is life in the market—can this week's sales do the same?

Object lessons: best of London's Old Master auctions

From a poetic Claude landscape to Rubens's masterpiece depicting biblical incest, here's our pick of this week's sales

Brexit: “We have chosen the way of Hogarth over Turner”

Bendor Grosvenor says Britain leaving the European Union could be costly for the arts and art market


There's life in the Old Masters yet, as recent sales show

As Tefaf Maastricht prepares to open its doors, Bendor Grosvenor debunks the myth that the market is dying


Sexy, spotless and sure: the three golden rules of desire

As far as a painting’s hammer price is concerned, other, less noble considerations matter a great deal more than the picture’s intrinsic quality

Slim pickings from Old Masters sales in a lukewarm London

Most of the consignments this season were really not up to scratch, with Christie’s, in particular, taking something of a beating


Flattering portrait of Henry VIII helps Sotheby’s dominate Old Master auctions

Work from Hans Holbein’s studio was a highlight of London’s sale season

Surfacing on the market: Henry after Holbein

Sotheby’s, London, Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, 8 July

Why La Serenissima is painting’s spiritual home

These five masterpieces, still in the Venetian spaces they originally filled, mark a watershed in Western painting


Ickworth House revisited: a stately home stripped bare

Why the National Trust's strategy of decluttering grand interiors is deeply flawed