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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Banksy print once owned by the former Christie’s auctioneer who is depicted in it comes for sale at Forum

23 January 2021

A print by street artist Banksy (b.1974) called Morons depicting an art auction is coming for sale at Forum.

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Hires and promotions – the latest appointments in the art and antiques industry

20 January 2021

An update across the market including at Christie’s, The Pedestal and book dealership Jarndyce Antiquarian.

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Chance to buy Westminster street signs at auction as London council upgrades its portfolio

19 January 2021

Westminster City Council is upgrading its portfolio of enamel street signs and is selling off more than 200 examples at Catherine Southon next month.

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Brexit deal retains Artist’s Resale Right as part of level playing field

18 January 2021

The UK has agreed to follow the existing Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) regulations under the Brexit trade deal that came into effect earlier this month.

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Pick of the week: Aroma therapy – the c.1800 perfumes concealed in a book

18 January 2021

The luxury perfumery l’Officina Profuma Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence is considered the oldest pharmacy in the world.

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Man City owner was buyer of oldest FA Cup

18 January 2021

The oldest surviving FA Cup was bought by Manchester City FC owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed when it sold at auction last year, it has now been revealed.

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Country house auctions on the way this month

18 January 2021

Golding Young & Mawer is to offer the untouched collection of a Warwickshire country house at the end of the month.

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An Art Nouveau brooch and a Charles II pewter candlestick are among seven lots to watch at auction 

18 January 2021

With estimates from £150-12,000 here are seven previews of upcoming items this week.

ATG letter: Christie’s archive withdrawal is a ‘seismic change’

18 January 2021

MADAM – I was most dismayed to read that Christie’s is withdrawing the archival service that has been available for so many decades (News Digest, ATG No 2474).

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Rowlandson view of Cornwall comes to Doyle in New York

18 January 2021

Doyle of New York is selling property from the estate of Mrs Henry Ford II on January 25. The auction will include furniture and decorative objects, art, books and fashion jewellery.

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Marie Antoinette portrait appears at Skinner

18 January 2021

This large 19th century portrait of Marie Antoinette and her children from the studio of the French artist Elisabeth Louise Vigée le Brun (1755-1842) is one of the highlights of Skinner’s Fine Paintings and Sculpture sale in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on January 22.

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Two 'exceptional' tribal vessels sold on the same day at different sales

18 January 2021

Two exceptional examples of ethnographic art – one from the north-west coast of America, the other for Polynesia – sold in the UK regions last month.

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Miniature of Benjamin West by Henry Bone sells to US buyer

18 January 2021

A miniature by Henry Bone (1755-1834) depicting the American artist Benjamin West (1738-1820) was among the notable lots at the recent Hansons sale.

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Rear admiral sails into Doyle

18 January 2021

Doyle is offering a selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings as the opening 78 lots of its January 21 sale of English and Continental Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts and Old Masters.

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Souvenir suitable for a Jacobite

18 January 2021

These Jacobite roundels carry the portraits of Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88) and his brother Henry Benedict Stuart (1725-1807).

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Waterfall bookcases flow well at auction

18 January 2021

The sale at W&H Peacock (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Bedford on January 1 included, estimated at £200-300, this pair of mahogany waterfall-style bookcases.

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Diamond collection includes Bernini

18 January 2021

The collection of Hester Diamond, a New York art dealer, interior designer and art collector, is one of the designated single-owner offerings in Sotheby’s Masters Week series.

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Striking a pose for nearly 50 years

18 January 2021

Life model depicted by Freud, Auerbach and even Lennon amassed her own art collection

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Noteworthy Dickens and Austen delight in NY

18 January 2021

Two of the best-selling literary lots in a New York sale were copies of Jane Austen novels.

New year, new start as trade events and auctions take place in New York

18 January 2021

Lockdown restrictions mean the normal January and February international focus on US auctions and dealer events will be rather different in 2021, but plenty of opportunities are still on offer to buy art and antiques

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