Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

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Auction of Suffolk artists’ pictures to support the East Anglian Art Fund

16 October 2019

Pictures and sculptures by two Suffolk artists will be auctioned to raise funds for a local artistic community.

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Revised anti-money laundering rules: five tips for auctioneers at the NAVA Forum

15 October 2019

A change to EU law, requiring auction houses, dealers and agents in art and antiques to carry out checks on transactions and customers, will come into force in January 2020 – regardless of Brexit.

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'Eccentric' collection of film, music and pop-culture memorabilia from famed Liverpool music venue comes to auction at Adam Partridge

15 October 2019

Memorabilia from a Liverpool music and events venue that has hosted 'The Beatles' will be sold by Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers in a single-owner collection sale later this week.

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‘The finest piece of imperial glass to survive’ sells at nine-fold increase since 2000

14 October 2019

The most important example of Qing glassware to appear at auction sold for HK$180m (£18m) – the highlight of Sotheby’s recent series in Hong Kong.

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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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Russian porcelain rarity sells for £50,000 online

14 October 2019

A State Porcelain Factory figure by Natalina Danko (1892-1943) emerged at auction in Grantham earlier this month.

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Pick of the week: Dürer medal to honour emperor

14 October 2019

Albrecht Dürer’s medal dedicated to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, is among the most important medals of the Northern Renaissance. As only four are known to commerce, the appearance of one for sale is significant.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a 6ft King Kong figure, an antique roulette wheel and a Scottish colourist painting

14 October 2019

With estimates from £200-35,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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100 years of Australian auction history – Leonard Joel celebrates its centenary

14 October 2019

Australian auction house Leonard Joel is releasing a book and hosting an exhibition this month to mark its centenary this year.

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Paula Rego prints bring success stories

14 October 2019

Much of Paula Rego’s (b.1935) work is concerned with narrative, as seen in this limited-edition lithograph of a girl reading a book.

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View of Indian procession marches onwards at auction

14 October 2019

Views of processions, pageants and parades tend to attract special interest at auction, such as this view of an Indian procession bid to £6800 in Gloucestershire.

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Novice auctioneers take to the NAVA rostrum

14 October 2019

At annual competition hopefuls discover how connecting with bidders will be crucial to their career success

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Rare circular Georgian cistern emerges at Summers Place

14 October 2019

Always popular items, a Georgian lead cistern offered at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was also rare in being circular. Usually they are rectangular, having stood against a wall connected to downpipes.

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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Classic Wedgwood and Meissen features in New York from two single-owner groups

14 October 2019

A feast of English and Continental ceramics will be laid on in the Big Apple next week to tempt enthusiasts for classic 18th and 19th century pottery and porcelain from two of the major factories of western Europe.

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Strong private buying helps to fuel high hammer total and selling rate in Nottingham

14 October 2019

Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) added to the cautiously feel-good mood created by some highly successful autumn sales in the provinces when strong private buying brought impressive results across the board.

Famed Manhattan collection yields second tempting selection of first editions in New York

14 October 2019

Graham Greene was a star turn when a second portion of the famed ‘Mystery Fiction’ collections and stock of Otto Penzler, proprietor of Manhattan’s ‘Mysterious Bookshop’, came to auction in New York on September 5.

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Fine examples of Mughal craftsmanship appear at auction

14 October 2019

Made in Gujarat or Sindh in the 18th century, a sandalwood table cabinet profusely inlaid with ivory flowers and tendrils throughout was a fine example of Mughal craftsmanship and led the way at a recent sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Revered model railway names in demand at Dreweatts' transport sale

14 October 2019

Underpinned by an 81-lot consignment from the estate of the late Fred Sansome, a famous figure in the world of model railways, the Transport Sale at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) was led by scratch-built locomotives by equally revered names.

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Two Mod Brit works back on market in Dorset saleroom

14 October 2019

Oil paintings by two significant names in Modern British art made their first appearances on the market in decades at an auction in Dorset.

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