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.

Gareth Edwards Barbarians shirt vs New Zealand in 1973

‘What a score’: Gareth Edwards ‘greatest ever try’ Barbarians jersey to be offered at auction

31 January 2023

Welsh auction house Rogers Jones has been instructed to sell the rugby jersey collection of Sir Gareth Edwards.

Rubens painting

Rubens heads New York’s Old Master series

30 January 2023

A painting by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) from the collection of the divorcing couple Mark Fisch and Rachel Davidson led the latest series of Old Master sales in New York.

Folk art double portrait

Pick of the week: Dealer Philip Mould buys portrait of interracial ‘sisterhood'

30 January 2023

A 19th century folk art painting of one black and one white child depicted together as equals has been purchased at auction by art dealer Philip Mould.

Maltese coffee pot

Maltese coffee pot at Salisbury auction shows appeal of island life

30 January 2023

Italianate coffee pots and covered sugar basins are the most recognisable domestic forms in Maltese silver. And they are much coveted.

Regimental officers’ dirk

‘We want to put militaria first’ in the US say UK auction house

30 January 2023

Kent auction house C&T has set up a US operation for militaria consignments.

Silver teapot

Dedicated Indian Raj silver auctions launched

30 January 2023

Chiswick Auctions will conduct what it believes is the first ever auction devoted to Indian and Burmese silver of the Raj period on February 14.

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The key to value when it comes to selling Waterloo Medals

30 January 2023

With 39,000 of these campaign honours given out, which ones can generate extra demand and achieve higher prices?

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Rare Nixey enamel sign scrubs up well despite condition

30 January 2023

Although now long forgotten, the London family firm of Nixey’s was a household name in the second half of the 19th century

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Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.

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Saleroom’s very local hero from just down the road

30 January 2023

Medals awarded to a gallant soldier who was gassed in the First World War were sold at auction just a few minutes’ walk from the house where he was born.

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Spoon dated 1796 served Lord Nelson

30 January 2023

This otherwise mundane late 18th century fiddle pattern silver dessert spoon is from Lord Nelson’s first personal service.

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Titanic survivor was luckier serving on land in wartime

30 January 2023

The personal stories behind medals are becoming increasingly relevant to collectors.

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Nineteenth century sculpture: evil genius and equestrian elegance

30 January 2023

Focus on two contrasting sculptures from the same era by Feuchere and Boehm sold in recent auctions

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Wooden netsuke take centre stage after strict antique ivory trade regulations kick in

30 January 2023

With the ivory versions now heavily restricted, a New York auction provided a test of the current market

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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‘One of the best Wedgwood collections in private hands’

30 January 2023

Freeman’s in Philaldephia is selling the far-reaching Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood across a number of sales.

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Jane Austen, a compact collection sold at Dominic Winter auction

30 January 2023

Small group of the author’s ever-popular works makes a big impression at Gloucestershire saleroom

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Timely reminder of horses at war

30 January 2023

By the end of the First World War it has been estimated that over eight million horses had died.

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Ray Bradbury double offering

30 January 2023

Lot offers US editions of two science-fiction and fantasy classics by the US writer

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Early 19th century transformation game makes changes for comic effect

30 January 2023

An early 19th century transformation game featured at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham as part of a January 17 sale.

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