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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Ornithological watercolour ordered by brother of Louis XIII is highest Parker Fine Art saleroom price so far

23 November 2020

The highest price to date at Parker Fine Art Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) came at its latest Fine Paintings sale when a rare ornithological watercolour caught the eye of a number of bidders, including from abroad.

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Picasso’s agony and ecstasy…and the calm of a back garden

23 November 2020

Offered with moderate estimates, two Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) etchings from the Vollard Suite drew demand at the recent timed online sale of Modern & Contemporary art at Halls (20% buyer’s premium).

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Bobby meets his ‘Boswell’

23 November 2020

Top lot in a golfing sale at PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium) was a 1927 first of Down the Fairway: The Golf Life and Play of Robert T Jones, Jr.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £600 including a Daniel Sherrin landscape

23 November 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Daniel Sherrin landscape.

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Australian gold rush jewellery in strong demand

23 November 2020

The distinctive Antipodean ‘botanical’ jewellery of the gold rush era is among the first to depict the native flora and fauna. It is of huge cultural significance to Australia and its mining heritage.

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Victorian ring concealing a practical joke brings sensational bidding in Somerset

23 November 2020

This curious object is the forerunner of a million Christmas cracker prizes. Made in gold and silver, c.1830, the ‘ring’ chased with flowers includes a tiny pin hole which allows a jet of water to be squirted into the face of an unsuspecting admirer via a syringe-like plunger that can be concealed in the palm.

‘Jug with Bottles’ by Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill whisky painting brings bidding battle at Sotheby’s

20 November 2020

A still life by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) which included his tipple of choice, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, sold at Sotheby’s this week for £800,000.

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New hires and an expanded saleroom – the latest news around the auction houses

19 November 2020

A Hampshire saleroom has expanded and there are new faces at a host of auction houses – read our latest Movers and Shakers.

‘Dedham Vale’ by John Constable

John Constable landscape emerges at Sworders after being dismissed as a copy by another London auctioneer

17 November 2020

Sworders is offering an oil sketch of the Suffolk countryside by John Constable (1776-1837). It will be offered for sale on December 8-9, estimated at £100,000-150,000.

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Buyer's premium rises at Bonhams and Phillips

16 November 2020

Auction houses Bonhams and Phillips have both increased their buyer's premium.

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Brutus strikes again – a £2.7m classical coin record

16 November 2020

Roma Numismatics set a new record for a classical coin when a Brutus Eid Mar-type gold aureus, struck shortly after the murder of Julius Caesar, took £2.7m in London.

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Pick of the week: Window into 18th century gentry life

16 November 2020

An item of local interest to bidders at Bamfords in Derby was this 18th century account book for Radbourne Hall, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family.

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Best English milled gold coins strike it big in Monte Carlo sale

16 November 2020

The record for a British coin sold at auction has been broken twice at a sale in Monte Carlo.

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Culloden commemorative box with Jacobite sympathies emerges in London sale

16 November 2020

Lots of souvenirs were produced referencing the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746 – the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 and the last pitched battle fought on British soil.

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An Italian cameo brooch and a group of Regency garden chairs are among six lots to watch at auction this week

16 November 2020

With estimates from £80-100,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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John Shinnors among auction winners at Dreweatts

16 November 2020

Strong bidding emerged at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern & Contemporary Art auction as a work by Irish artist John Shinnors (b.1950) caught the eye of no fewer than eight trade and private buyers.

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Warhol fascinated by Christmas kitsch

16 November 2020

Before he turned to painting cans of soup and Brillo boxes, Andy Warhol had to make a living by more conventional means.

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Lam in the swim of things at Tajan

16 November 2020

Wifredo Lam’s untitled piscine painting from 1974 will be offered in the Modern Art auction to be held by Tajan in its Paris rooms on November 24.

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Life is a doodle for a 26-year-old

16 November 2020

Not too many artists appearing at regional auctions have over two million followers on Instagram but, then again, not too many are like Mr Doodle (b.1994).

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Picasso ceramic portrait at Piasa

16 November 2020

This painted and glazed earthenware ceramic by Pablo Picasso from 1956 decorated with a profile Portrait de Jacqueline will feature in the November 25 sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at Piasa in Paris.

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