Greek, Roman, Egyptian & Other Antiquities

The antiquities market comprises artefacts and works of art made by ancient civilisations including statues, coins, jewellery and arms and armour.

Provenance is one of the most important considerations when trading in this sector as there is a long history of looting from archaeological sites.


Saxon gold sword pommel and Celtic figure rise up out of the ground

08 July 2024

Metal-detecting finds often prove valuable both in terms of heritage and a healthy sum at auction.


Crouching Venus copy makes a stand-out sum

01 July 2024

On the market for the first time in over half a century, a Roman marble copy of the Crouching Venus hammered at $130,000 (£103,000) in the Freeman’s Hindman (27/21/15% buyer’s premium) auction on May 23.


Enduring Legacy of antiquities from the Egyptians to the Romans at Forgelynch

01 July 2024

Gallery builds on enduring interest for original items from the ancient world (3000BC-600AD).

Curious visitors enjoying their time at Carter Marsh and Co. 

The Treasure House Fair returns with a lively opening

27 June 2024

Key event in the summer calendar opens its doors once again


Roman shoes walk to Essex auction

17 June 2024

Found by a mudlark along the Thames in the early 2000s, these three well-preserved 1st-2nd century leather shoes would have once protected the feet of Roman children in Londinium.


Dealer Tomasso adds to his personal collection with an auction jewellery purchase

10 June 2024

A gold and cameo ring offered with an estimate of just £200-300 at Derbyshire auction house Irita Marriott (plus 28.8% buyer’s premium inc VAT) and catalogued as 19th century caught the eye of a number of jewellery dealers and bidders from as far as Paris and the US.


Italian micromosaic table is among five lots to watch this week

03 June 2024

With estimates from £250, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week


Obituary: Sir John Boardman (1927-2024)

03 June 2024

Sir John Boardman OBE FBA Hon RA, Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of the Magdalene College Cambridge for 40 years, was not just the pre-eminent scholar of Archaeology and Ancient Greece, he also proved to be a remarkable friend to the antiquities trade and collecting.

British Museum's Recovery Programme

British Museum recovers more stolen works but over 800 objects still missing

24 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection.

Gold Torc

Ancient gold objects stolen in brazen theft at Ely Museum

21 May 2024

Two valuable Bronze Age gold artefacts have been stolen from Ely Museum in Cambridgeshire.


Trio of Egyptian sandstone reliefs stand out in a London sale selection

13 May 2024

A highlight of Apollo Art Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) April 27-28 sale was a trio of Egyptian sandstone reliefs from the Amarna period, the 17-year reign of the radical pharaoh Amenhotep IV known as Akhenaten.

Egyptian coffin face

Group of 10 Egyptian antiquities restituted by Manhattan District Attorney

09 May 2024

Another 10 antiquities from Egypt are being returned to the country following an intervention by the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg Jr.


Collector gripped by Classical Greek pottery appeal

29 April 2024

Among the highlights of Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Interiors sale was a collection of antiquities formed by the late Sir Clinton Charles Donald Cory (1937-2022), 5th Baronet of Coryton.

Bronze head

Getty becomes latest museum to return antiquities following provenance research

25 April 2024

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is to return a bronze head from its antiquities collection to Turkey.

Sumerian sculpture

New York’s Met Museum returns Sumerian sculpture to Iraq as part of its ‘Cultural Property Initiative’

23 April 2024

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned a sculpture to Iraq following provenance research.

Silver seal matrix

Christmas wish came true for metal detectorist who found ancient and medieval combo

25 March 2024

“It had”, said the metal detectorist who found it, “been a wonderful Christmas present.”

Roman Over Lifesize Trajanic Marble Bust Of Pompeia Plotina

“Three monumental sculptures with monumental prices to boot”

21 March 2024

Three over life-size Roman portrait busts with an 18th century provenance to Cobham Hall in Kent have sold for a combined £1.26m at Lyon & Turnbull.

Faustina the Elder sculpture

Roman portrait busts highlight Lyon & Turnbull’s first ancient art auction

12 March 2024

Three over life-size Roman portrait busts with an 18th century provenance linked to Cobham Hall in Kent come for sale at Lyon & Turnbull this month.


TEFAF Maastricht focus: Charles Ede and Sean Kelly

04 March 2024

Antiquities specialists Charles Ede of London and Contemporary New York gallery Sean Kelly share a stand at TEFAF Maastricht’s inaugural Focus section, which is aimed at presenting complementary works from different artists and disciplines.

Bacchus intaglio

British Museum unveils classical gems exhibition following return of stolen items

20 February 2024

The British Museum is showcasing classical gems that were recovered after a long-running theft was exposed.