Fine Art

Fine art is a staple of the dealing and auctioneering industry, featuring works ranging from Medieval art to traditional Old Masters, and right through to cutting-edge Contemporary art.

While oil paintings represent a large part of the sector, other mediums adopted by artists across the ages include drawings, watercolours, prints and photographs.

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Works boosted by Ford family values

01 March 2021

Collection in Cheltenham auction is latest in a series of valuable consignments with Ford family distinguished provenance

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Rare Ernest Townsend still life blooms at auction

01 March 2021

A painting by Derby artist Ernest Townsend (1880-1944) was among the works that caused something of a surprise at auction early this year.

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Young boy and a baby destined to be emperors one day

01 March 2021

This watercolour and pencil drawing from 1833 which became the star lot at a recent sale at Nusser (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich had an imperial connection.

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Brandt battle scene rides into Stuttgart auction

01 March 2021

One of the attractions of the March 24-26 sale at Siebers in Stuttgart is a collection of 18 paintings by 19th century Polish artists who primarily belonged to the Munich school. The works were the property of a family of textile merchants, who moved from south Germany to Lodz, south west of Warsaw, in the 1930s.

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Vigée-Lebrun returns from exile

01 March 2021

Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) was one of the most prolific painters of her era, creating up to 1000 works of art, the majority of them portraits.

Astronaut Ed White photographed by James McDivitt in space.

Be over the moon with this dedicated auction

01 March 2021

When astronaut Ed White was pictured during the first US spacewalk it was not only the first still photograph of a human in space, but also the first taken by another human – James McDivitt. Up to that moment all images released were taken by television or monitoring cameras.

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Swiss tribute to the beautiful Dordogne

01 March 2021

In June 1925, only six months before his death, the Swiss painter Felix Vallotton and his wife visited the Périgord for the first time, which he declared to be “the most beautiful countryside on earth”.

Vincent van Gogh Montmartre painting

Sotheby’s to offer a van Gogh as Bonhams unveil a Picasso

27 February 2021

Two major consignments of Impressionist and Modern art have been announced in the last week.

Anne Marion

$150m art collection of a US cattle rancher, oil magnate and philanthropist comes to auction at Sotheby’s

25 February 2021

The art collection of the late Anne Marion (1938-2020), a cattle rancher, oil magnate and philanthropist, will be offered at Sotheby’s in May.

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Post-war & Contemporary art: Special forces at work as buyers play the auction game

22 February 2021

An increasing number of salerooms are now holding specialist sales dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary art with demand at primary market level driving auction opportunities

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Slice of Michael Morgan studio life makes £3800

22 February 2021

A group of works from the estate of West Country artist Michael Morgan (1928-2014) drew bidding at a recent sale at Atkins Auctions (15% buyer’s premium) of Axminster, Devon.

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Jack Vettriano's 'Fish Teas' sets a four-year high

22 February 2021

Back in 2004-6, a boom occurred in the prices for Jack Vettriano (b.1951) and a host of works made six-figure sums at auction. These included his most famous work 'The Singing Butler', which sold for a staggering £660,000 at Sotheby’s in April 2004, still a Vettriano auction record.

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Another grand price for abstract painter Aubrey Williams

22 February 2021

An abstract painting by Aubrey Williams (1926-90) offered at Grand Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Folkestone at the end of last year set another auction high for the Guyanese artist.

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Christie's to offer Karel Appel painting in France

22 February 2021

On March 30 Christie’s France is offering a selection of around 70 Modern and Post-war works from an unnamed Parisian collector that have been assembled over four decades.

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Large John Cunningham loch scene offered at Glasgow sale

22 February 2021

Another auction house staging regular sales of Scottish Contemporary art is McTear’s of Glasgow, whose next auction in this category takes place on February 28.

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Exhibition centres on Paul Feeley's calmer period following wartime service

22 February 2021

When Paul Feeley (1910-66) returned home after serving as a US marine in Japan during the Second World War, it triggered a fundamental shift in his art.

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Heartfelt work of Joseph Beuys

22 February 2021

Legendary yarn explains how this material became a key component of the artist’s designs

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Seven bidders compete for Soulages with a presidential provenance

22 February 2021

A painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) sold at Caen Enchères (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Normandy featured a particularly notable provenance.

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Contemporary fair heavyweights count on digital for now

22 February 2021

As the pandemic continues to upend the art market calendar, two heavyweights of the Contemporary art and design fair scene are going digital.

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Arty eccentricity turns heads at Dreweatt's Aynhoe Park sale

22 February 2021

James Perkins, the co-founder of rave music promoter Fantazia, kept an eclectic collection of Contemporary art at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.

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