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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A little box of Sunshine

16 November 2019

For more than 25 years a regular contributor to BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, John Benjamin recalls his early days in the trade – while reviewing a recent jewellery auction. Additional reporting by Roland Arkell.

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Huge polar exploration exhibition opens at Spink in London

13 November 2019

Auction house Spink is to host a comprehensive polar exhibition at its saleroom in Southampton Row, London.

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Bamfords reopens following flood at Derby saleroom

13 November 2019

Bamfords’ Derby saleroom closed temporarily after flooding in the area and its auctions this week have been postponed.

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Rare Chinese teapot makes a record £800,000 at Dorset auction 

12 November 2019

A rare Qianlong celadon-glaze pear-shaped teapot has set a record for Asian art week this season selling at £800,000 at Duke’s.

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National Gallery appeals for £2m from public to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

12 November 2019

London’s National Gallery is asking for the public’s help to raise the final £2m required to buy 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) from its owner, entrepreneur and founder of the DFS furniture retailer, Graham Kirkham.

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Cocteau's mythological ceramics appear at Bonhams auction

12 November 2019

The largest collection of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) ceramics ever to go under the hammer is offered at Bonhams next month.

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Drummer from The Strokes and his Old Master dealer namesake Fabrizio Moretti team up for Sotheby’s auction

11 November 2019

Old Master picture dealer Fabrizio Moretti and his namesake Fabrizio (Fab) Moretti from the band The Strokes have teamed up to hold an Old Master pictures and sculptures auction at Sotheby’s in New York in December.

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Little silver collection coming to auction includes big rarities

11 November 2019

The Little collection of early English silver is coming to Christie’s London on December 3. The auction comprises 26 domestic vessels from the Tudor and early Stuart periods that survived the tumult of the Civil War period. Some pieces are considered the last of their type in private hands.

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Qing magnificence rules across Asian Art in London sale series

11 November 2019

Market-fresh examples of Qing imperial splendour dominated a week of auctions timed to coincide with this year’s Asian Art in London event.

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Asian Art in London prize winners revealed

11 November 2019

Last week’s gala party for Asian Art in London, held at Bonhams on November 5, was also the occasion to announce the winners of the event’s two art awards.

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Archive from the queen’s dress designer excels

11 November 2019

A Cecil Beaton sketch of Christian Dior working in his studio in Paris sold for £5200 (estimate £500-700) as part of the estate of society dress designer Ian Thomas (1929-93).

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Sounding the Thunderer for the first penalty kick in a World Cup Final

11 November 2019

The whistle that blew after just a minute of play to signal the first penalty kick ever awarded in a World Cup Final has sold for £4200 at a London auction.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Kutchinsky brooch, a ceramic fire mark and a signed Oliver Cromwell document

11 November 2019

With estimates from £300-6500, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Eclectic clocks chime with bidders

11 November 2019

Array of styles from traditional and electrical to atmospheric attracts Continental interest,

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Oved’s animal magic

11 November 2019

It was not catalogued as such, but this silver ring modelled as a standing lion with a gold-coloured mane is designed by Moshe Oved (1885-1958), the owner of celebrated Bloomsbury antique shop Cameo Corner where jewellery expert John Benjamin first learnt his trade.

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Canine study makes tidy sum

11 November 2019

A flurry of bids emerged for this late-17th century canine study at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter (23% buyer’s premium).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2800 including a Graham Sutherland watercolour.

11 November 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Graham Sutherland watercolour.

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The Speedy before space

11 November 2019

The Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on November 26 includes this Ref 105.002-62 Omega Speedmaster chronograph.

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Female artists in the frame

11 November 2019

The growing demand in recent years to own pictures by women artists has brought this long-overlooked area of the art market to the fore. In an auction at Cirencester auction house Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) two works by women painters stood out.

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Previews: £20,000 plus

11 November 2019

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