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.

Furio Rinaldi of Christie's

Christie’s appoints Old Master drawing specialist in New York

19 January 2017

Christie’s have appointed Furio Rinaldi as associate specialist in the Old Master Drawings department in New York.

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Online art and antiques auctioneer Auctionata files for insolvency

19 January 2017

The company behind online art and antiques auctioneer Auctionata and Paddle8 has filed for preliminary insolvency to restructure its business.

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Celebrating Japanese woodblock artists and the Brits they inspired at galleries and auction

18 January 2017

The beautiful Japanese woodblock prints created by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige inspired similar works across the world and most famously the paintings of Van Gogh.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland collection heads to auction in Oxford

18 January 2017

An auction of 3000 items from the estate of the late antiquarian book dealer Thomas Schuster is big news for fans of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Saint Jerome painting

Sotheby’s sues vendor of Italian Old Master as ‘fakes scandal’ reaches court

17 January 2017

Sotheby’s is taking legal action to recover its losses over the sale of a ‘fake’ Italian Old Master.

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Bronze Age jug returned to Turkey

17 January 2017

A Bronze Age artefact from Anatolia has been returned to Turkey after a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy in London.

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Rare Star Wars Vlix figure on offer at Vectis Auctions

17 January 2017

Unless you have been in a galaxy far, far away for quite some time, you will have heard of Luke Skywalker, Ewoks and Han Solo. But have you heard of a Vlix?

Sotheby's Geneva

Sotheby’s Geneva celebrates 40th anniversary with new saleroom and exhibition space

16 January 2017

Sotheby’s Geneva has relocated to a new office, exhibition space and saleroom in the banking quarter of the Swiss city.

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Letter by children's book author Beatrix Potter at Cumbria auction

14 January 2017

The beautiful Beatrix Potter children’s books are highly collectable in themselves but the author’s world provides a far wider and very popular collecting scene.

Truncheons

“Works of art”: British police truncheons to star in Hansons’ auction

13 January 2017

“Beautifully gilded”, “hand painted”, “much sought after”. Perhaps not words that are commonly applied to police batons, but this is how auctioneer Charles Hanson described the collection of British truncheons coming up for auction this month.

Washington painting

America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton takes centre stage as letters head to auction

13 January 2017

America’s previously neglected founding father Alexander Hamilton is now firmly back to prominence after the Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’, which won eleven Tony Awards last year. The show is now coming to London's West End this year.

Marc Porter

Christie’s former Americas boss Marc Porter begins job at rival Sotheby’s

13 January 2017

Christie’s former US president Marc Porter will begin his new role at rival Sotheby’s next week.

Stanley Gibbons

New name in coins market after Baldwin's splits dealing and auction business

13 January 2017

Baldwin’s of St James’s, launched at the current The New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), brings the auction business of numismatists AH Baldwin & Sons and St James’s Auctions together.

Orazio Gentileschi

10 highlights at the upcoming Old Master auctions in New York

12 January 2017

The main series of Old Master auctions in New York traditionally take place in January. This year Sotheby’s are holding four sales while Christie’s are staging two – a sale of drawings and an auction of prints only – having moved its main paintings sale in this category to the ‘Classic Week’ scheduled for April.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire

19th century photographs of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ to be auctioned

12 January 2017

A photograph album of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ has been revealed after 120 years and will be up for auction next month.

Jaggards House

Criterion Auctioneers to expand despite Wandsworth saleroom closure

11 January 2017

London firm Criterion Auctioneers has left its Wandsworth saleroom after 13 years at the south London site following an issue with the landlord.

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Impressive RAF Bomber Command medals of Squadron Leader Sydney Clayton offered at Sheffield Auction Gallery

10 January 2017

With the heroics of ‘the few’ in the Battle of Britain more or less guaranteeing auction interest, it is easy to overlook the incredible bravery of bomber crews.

Ruth Asawa

Another Christie’s departure brings artist’s estate to David Zwirner

10 January 2017

Christie’s specialist Jonathan Laib has left the auction house to take up a role as director at contemporary art dealers David Zwirner this month.

Maarten ten Holder

Sotheby’s launches new luxury division for jewellery, watches, wine and cars

09 January 2017

Sotheby’s has created a new luxury division to oversee the selling of items such as jewellery and cars.

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Sounding out bidders: Evelyn Waugh’s ear trumpet heads to auction

09 January 2017

Evelyn Waugh fans should listen up: one of the writer’s ear trumpets will be offered at auction.

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