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.


Dutch winter scene stands out in selective Old Master sale at Bonhams

22 July 2024

This winter scene by Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Griffier (1656-1718) was a highlight of Bonhams’ (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) Old Masters sale.


Old Masters: ‘Slimmed down’ offering reflects reduced diet amid supply and demand challenges

22 July 2024

‘Hesitant’ was how one dealer summed up bidding at the latest round of Old Master sales in London.


Drouot’s dozen sales of Asian art produce stand out highlights

22 July 2024

Over the course of six days from June 7-14, a dozen sales devoted to the arts of Asia were staged by 11 firms at the Drouot auction centre as part of Printemps Asiatique.


Items of devotion amassed by devoted collector set market test

22 July 2024

Dealer Speelman’s own figures and vessels shine among Asian art sales held in Paris


Best of British posters: classic film designs beyond Bond

22 July 2024

A preserved and framed collection with a great provenance dispersed at auction showed the wider strength of a market often dominated by the familiar stars


Sought-after signatures include Queen star and a Saudi king

22 July 2024

A landlord and tenancy agreement signed by Freddie Mercury in 1986 was among the highlights of the Autographs and Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).


Jack B Yeats fired his broadsides with help of Irish private press

22 July 2024

The Fonsie Mealy Chatsworth Summer Rare Books & Collectables Sale on July 30-31 includes a private collection of works by Jack B Yeats, The Cuala Press and modern Irish and English literature.


Film poster on offer could bring a Fonda memory of Barbarella

22 July 2024

Roger Vadim’s cult classic film 'Barbarella' starring Jane Fonda was released in 1968.

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James II silver medal commemorating a 1687 shipwreck recovery is buoyant at auction

19 July 2024

A rare James II and Queen Mary of Modena silver medal by George Bowers, commemorating a Spanish shipwreck recovered in 1687 was auctioned at Toovey's in West Sussex 'Coins, Medallions & Banknotes' auction on July 17.

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Titanic interest: Rare White Star Line notice to Olympic passengers and a Carpathia bronze medal steam ahead at auction

18 July 2024

Duke's Summer Auction in Dorchester featured a remarkable notice issued by the White Star Line to passengers on board the RMS Olympic after the sinking of its sister ship, the Titanic.

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Christie’s latest figures show auction sales down 22%

18 July 2024

The auction house has had to grapple with various challenges over the six-month period, including a cyber attack

Stained glass window

Church’s entire collection of stained glass windows auctioned off in Newcastle

18 July 2024

Burn Park Road Methodist Church in Sunderland recently closed its doors and its windows were auctioned by Thomas N Miller Auctioneers

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1908 Olympic marathon steward medal flies past estimate

17 July 2024

A collection of steward medals and badges were offered as a single lot, but it was the 1908 Olympic marathon steward medal that had bidders jostling

A musket ball embedded in a piece of a wall

Musket ball from Battle of Waterloo aims for auction glory

17 July 2024

Bidders are already fired up for this intriguing relic

Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian galleon tile

‘A lifelong labour of love’: Hensman tile collection sells at marathon sale in Stourbridge

17 July 2024

Most tile collectors tend to specialise in a particular area – a favourite factory, a period, a designer or a chosen subject matter. Roger Hensman was passionate about the subject in all its forms.

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Chinese brush washer makes 200 times estimate in Norfolk

16 July 2024

A Chinese monochrome brush washer in one of the most prized glazes of the Song dynasty sold for an unexpected £120,000 at auction in Norfolk.

An antique narwhal tusk

Seven-foot narwhal tusk takes £7500

16 July 2024

Sale in Hampshire may be one of the final sales of such an item before new legislation takes force

Four clocks in the Mike Baker collection

Horologist's clock collection set to chime with bidders

16 July 2024

A single-owner collection of clocks, timepieces and scientific instruments formed over 60 years will go under the hammer at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham on September 4.


Taxidermy of extinct New Zealand birds set to fly at auction

16 July 2024

A display of huia birds from New Zealand will find its way to Moreton-in-Marsh on July 25

Sotheby’s Global Fine Art team

Movers & Shakers: the latest art and antiques appointments including a shake-up in Sotheby's fine art team

15 July 2024

Changes to Sotheby's Global Fine Art leadership team feature among the latest recruitment, promotions and business updates