Malibu, California-based CurtCo Publishing has sold Art & Antiques magazine to Phillip Troy Linger, the founder and former publisher of Brentwood magazine. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Linger has formed a new company called Art & Antiques Worldwide Media for which he will serve as president and publisher. The magazine’s corporate offices will be relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina. Linger told magazine industry trade publication FOLIO that the “majority” of the magazine’s editorial and sales staff will make the transition under new ownership. Also, Art & Antiques’ frequency will go down to 10 times annually (from 11 times) with a combined December/January issue (the July/August issue is already combined). Art & Antiques currently circulates 26 374 copies per issue and it is expected to remain the same after the changes are implemented.
The deal marks the completion of CurtCo’s planned magazine divestitures. Last month, CurtCo, also publisher of the Robb Report, sold Gulfshore Life and Sarasota to Dan Denton, who had sold Gulfshore Media to CurtCo back in 2004. San Diego was later acquired by the title’s former president and CEO James L. Fitzpatrick, and Milt and Frank Jones, owners of Desert Publications Inc., which publishes of Palm Springs Life.