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.

Constable drawing

Constable drawing returns to Colchester

08 June 2023

A John Constable drawing of St Botolph’s Priory is to return ‘home’ after Friends of Colchester Museums purchased it from a client of auction house Roseberys.

Fra Angelico painting

Rare Fra Angelico panel comes to auction in London in July

07 June 2023

A rare opportunity has come up to bid for a Fra Angelico work, a c.1419-24 panel rediscovered in 1996.

Nuremberg School panel

Stolen 15th century altar panel returned to York museum after 43 years

06 June 2023

A 15th century double-sided painted panel stolen from York Art Gallery in 1979 has been returned after it re-emerged at a Dorset auction.


The mysterious artist in high auction demand

05 June 2023

One of the most talked about pictures sold recently was a portrait by an almost unheard of artist that dramatically exceeded its £150-250 estimate by 80-times at a Surrey sale.

Silver tabke service

Splendid Hoffman Palais Stoclet service on offer at auction

05 June 2023

Woolley & Wallis is selling elements of a silver and malachite table service designed by Josef Hoffman for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels.


Symbol of a Victorian secret society emerges at Norfolk auction

05 June 2023

Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas were probably members. So too Charles Robert Ashbee.

Sèvres vase

Sèvres vase sells for nearly £90,000 in Oz

05 June 2023

Made in 1762 at the cusp of the vogue for rococo and neo-classicism, this 15in (44cm) high Sèvres vase combines elements of both styles.

Sir John Hunt’s mittens and ephemera

Everest 1953 expedition leader’s mittens reunited after auction

05 June 2023

Mittens worn by British Everest expedition leader Sir John Hunt in 1953 have been reunited 70 years later following a successful auction bid, it has been revealed.

Microphotography ring

View jewellery with a new perspective: microphotography ring dazzles at auction

05 June 2023

This 18ct gold ring demonstrating French portrait photographer René Dagron’s (1819-1900) invention of microphotography quadrupled its estimate at Bonhams in Paris.

Sophia Duleep Singh archive

Pick of the week: Fascination for the Indian princess then Suffragette

05 June 2023

As timing goes, the sale date for an album of handwritten letters, photographs and ephemera related to Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948) could not have been much better.


Objects that underline Ann Sutton's keen eye for new talent

05 June 2023

A group of design objects consigned by British textile artist and designer Ann Sutton (b.1935) was offered as part of the Lyon & Turnbull Modern Made sale.


Well done, driver Doug - here's a 1970 Heuer Autavia Chronograph

05 June 2023

This 1970 Heuer Autavia Chronograph was awarded to rally driver Doug Harris for finishing the 16,000-mile London to Mexico World Cup Rally in 1970.


Self-portrait shows Denton Welch at time when his life was shattered by an accident

05 June 2023

A small but eyecatching self-portrait by Denton Welch (1915-48) equalled the auction record for the artist.


Demand remains high for Mod Brit female artists

05 June 2023

Two works bringing demand at different auctions recently showed the market’s continued appetite for works by Modern British female artists.


One of Fell’s final works comes to auction

05 June 2023

A drawing by Sheila Fell (1931-79) offered in Cockermouth showed how strong demand can emerge even for a simple sketch.


Prisoners who were publishers

05 June 2023

Periodicals were produced in a Scottish camp by inmates to make life a bit more meaningful


Georgian necklace evokes family memories

05 June 2023

A necklace composed of nine ‘Stuart crystal’ memorial slides comes for sale at Sworders’ auction of Fine Jewellery and Watches on June 27.


Chinese patinated bronze figure collected by a Dane

05 June 2023

Christie’s holds its live summer Asian Art auction in Paris on June 14 with an online sale running from June 6-20.


Rare jades with notable provenances come to auction

05 June 2023

Sotheby’s Asian Art sale in Paris on June 15 will include some rare jades with notable provenances.


Aquamarine appeal of less expensive post crash pieces

05 June 2023

In the years after the Wall Street Crash in 1929, some of the less expensive gemstones became popular in jewellery manufacture.