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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Glass birds and Mouseman sell in North Yorkshire

15 July 2019

The demand for 1960s Pulcini glass birds made by Alessandro Pianon (1931-64) for the Venetian company Vistosi has spiked in recent months.

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Ulysses makes latest epic price

15 July 2019

Stand-out lot in a recent Irish sale was one of the 100 special copies of Ulysses printed on Dutch handmade paper by Van Gelder that James Joyce signed on publication in Paris in 1922.

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Musical boxes tune up in two auctions

15 July 2019

Two musical boxes catching the eye and ear among the small vertu sections at summer silver sales.

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Emmeline Pankhurst biography by her daughter sold at Forum Auctions

15 July 2019

For three years now Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) has, in addition to its high-profile auctions, been holding fortnightly, online-only timed sales that in their diverse content, it feels, act as a useful bellwether for the book world at large.

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Fellows and the Handbag Clinic team up ahead of designer sale

13 July 2019

Fellows has teamed up with the Handbag Clinic for its Designer Collection sale next week, giving its clients 15% off the restorer’s services.

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Artcurial and Sotheby’s lead half-year French auction house totals

12 July 2019

Auction firms in France have been releasing their ‘Bilans’ or sales figures for the first half of 2019.

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Welsh art, Qajar armour and a book on hysteria – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

12 July 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes an oil painting by Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Williams and a group of 19th century Qajar armour.

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Beatles' original 1962 management contract sold at auction

12 July 2019

The Beatles’ original management contract with Brian Epstein has been sold at Sotheby’s for £220,000 (plus premium).

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Auction house Sotheby’s moves to ‘grand’ new office in Edinburgh

11 July 2019

Sotheby’s is relocating its Edinburgh office in time for the August festival season in the city and will preview its September Scottish art sale in its new home near St Andrew Square.

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Giant boots go under the hammer in Cumbrian auction 12 years after Antiques Roadshow appearance

11 July 2019

Two giant right boots, made as a marketing gimmick to advertise a Lancashire shoe shop, will be offered at 1818 Auctioneers next month.

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Seven highlights from Christie’s sale of a Rothschild collection

11 July 2019

Christie’s sale Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection was arguably the most eye-catching auction of the summer season in London.

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Sapphire intaglio ring identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems

10 July 2019

Ahead of its auction in Salisbury, a sapphire intaglio ring has been re-catalogued after being recognised as one of the renowned Marlborough gems.

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Christie’s counters Egypt’s threat to sue over £4m sale of Tutankhamun head

09 July 2019

Christie’s has reiterated that it “carried out extensive due diligence” into a head of Tutankhamun after the Egyptian National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation (NCAR) said that it will instruct a UK law firm to file a lawsuit over its £4m sale.

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Plaque professing thanks to God for deliverance from plague up for auction

09 July 2019

The plague that devastated London in 1665 is well known but an intriguing wooden panel coming up at auction on July 17 shows the disease proved fatal to many thousands in other areas during that era.

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Pick of the week: Print shows bidding for books way back in c.1700

08 July 2019

A rare copy of the earliest-known depiction of a book auction emerged for sale in Gloucestershire at the end of last month.

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Adam Partridge in talks to buy Wright Marshall fine art

08 July 2019

Cheshire auctioneer Adam Partridge is in talks with the administrator of Wright Marshall Fine Art Auctioneers to buy its Knutsford fine art business.

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Masterpieces to a Rothschild’s taste tempt buyers during a packed London sales week

08 July 2019

The 52-lot auction of furniture, paintings and works of art collected by members of the Rothschild family was among the most animated during a packed week of London showpiece sales.

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Pugin parliamentary letter box posts £4200

08 July 2019

On December 27, 1851, the architect Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) wrote to Augustus Pugin (1812-52) with a progress report on the interior decoration of the Palace of Westminster.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Churchill chairs, a portrait miniature collection and Sèvres porcelain

08 July 2019

With estimates from £100-70,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

A still-life by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder

Seven Old Masters highlights from latest Paris auction series

08 July 2019

The latest high season of auctions in Paris included a sizeable selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings. Pictured here is a selection of highlights from the latest series.

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