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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Talent torn apart by tragedies

06 June 2022

Two paintings sold in German auctions were produced by artists killed in wartime

Reigning Queens

Queen portraits among highlights of Sotheby’s Platinum jubilee celebrations

02 June 2022

Portraits of five centuries of female monarchs feature in a loan exhibition at Sotheby’s as part of its jubilee festival.

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning museum archive comes to auction in Essex

30 May 2022

Museum contents devoted to the celebrated Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) will be offered this month.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Royal icons at Bond Street platinum jubilee show

30 May 2022

Sotheby’s is holding a month-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the platinum jubilee.

Mehernefer and his son

Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III comes to auction

30 May 2022

This Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III will be offered at Christie’s during its Classic Week sales in July.

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Portrait copies of English kings and queens can be valuable at auction in their own right

30 May 2022

Copies of royal portraits from across the centuries are something that always seems to catch the eye when you flick through (or scroll through) the reams of pictures listed in auction catalogues.

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Busy Brussels: BRAFA and Civilisations fairs coming up

30 May 2022

From mid-June Brussels will be a hive of activity on the art and antiques front with plenty on offer to interest residents and draw visitors to the city.

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Holbein’s Henry in a hat covered afresh

30 May 2022

Arguably the most famous portraits of an English king are Hans Holbein the Younger’s (c.1497-1543) depictions of Henry VIII.

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Her Majesty has a moment of reflection

30 May 2022

Perhaps the most famous 21st century image of Queen Elizabeth II is the photographic portrait taken by Canadian artist Chris Levine (b.1960) showing the monarch with her eyes closed.

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First Freda then Thelma and Wallis for Edward VIII

30 May 2022

“It is quite pathetic to see the Prince and Freda. His love is so obvious and undisguisable.”

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Smaller Boehm statue of Queen Victoria finds admiration at auction

30 May 2022

Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-9) was commissioned to make a statue to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

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That’s the spirit: Sim pictures Brit social history and culture

30 May 2022

A 12-picture series titled The Modern Rake’s Progress is at the heart of a new exhibition from British picture dealer Andrew Sim of Sim Fine Art.

Vétheuil by Claude Monet

Sotheby’s to offer major English collection this summer

25 May 2022

An important English collection of Impressionist pictures, silver and furniture will be auctioned across eight different sales at Sotheby’s this summer.

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Michelangelo discovery brings €20m at Christie’s in Paris

23 May 2022

One of only a small number of drawings by Michelangelo still remaining in private hands sold for €20m (£16.9m) at Christie’s Paris last week.

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Man Ray sets the photographic record straight

23 May 2022

Man Ray’s 'Le Violon d’Ingres' has set a new record for a photograph, selling for $10.5m (£8m) at Christie’s in New York.

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Art market: Bingham collection ends on a high note

23 May 2022

London dealer in historic instruments also amassed paintings on a musical theme

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Officer portrayed by little-known artist plays his part

23 May 2022

Among recent sales with a lyrical element was Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Art & Music auction on April 6 in Oxford.

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New York sales underline market strength

23 May 2022

Underlining the recovery of the post-covid art market, at the very top-end at least, the latest series of 20th and 21st century auctions in New York posted a record total for a flagship auction fortnight.

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Big firms keep wheels in motion

23 May 2022

Large firms have found it far easier to continue moving goods in the face of Brexit regulations.

Cavalry photo

French photographer Gustave Le Gray’s Napoleon III army album comes to auction

21 May 2022

Phillips will offer a recently discovered copy of Gustave Le Gray’s famous 'Souvenirs du Camp de Châlons' at auction in London next week.

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