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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Affordable art: Three works priced under £2000 in regional auctions including a mixed media and collage on card by John Maxwell

25 March 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales under £2000, including a work by Scottish painter John Maxwell.

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Bust stands proud in saleroom

25 March 2019

Early 20th century Italian sculpture attracts six-figure result in German auction house.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

25 March 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Former Christie’s marketing boss joins Bonhams

22 March 2019

Bonhams has hired Christie’s former marketing supremo Marc Sands.

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Nobel prize gold medal awarded to Friedrich von Hayek

Online record for Sotheby’s as economist Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel prize medal brings major bidding

22 March 2019

A new record for any item sold in an online-only sale at Sotheby’s was set when the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science awarded to Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1982) sold for £950,000.

1927 Christmas card from Bentley Motors

Motoring memorabilia originally owned by Bentley’s founder to be exhibited at Bonhams in London

21 March 2019

For just one day in April, Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom will host an exhibition in celebration of the centenary of the legendary car marque Bentley.

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Garage sale-find Chinese bronze valued on US ‘Antiques Roadshow’ makes $1.7m at Sotheby’s auction

21 March 2019

A Chinese gilt bronze figure bought at a garage sale and appraised on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow sold yesterday in New York for $1.7m (£1.3m) – around 21 times its upper estimate and more than 17,000 times its original purchase price.

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The queen with her eyes closed, Kate Moss on a lingerie shoot and Bill Nighy in his underwear – three portraits at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction

20 March 2019

Sotheby's March 20 Made in Britain auction featured a selection of paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design by British artists. Among the photographs were unusual images of the queen, fashion model Kate Moss and actor Bill Nighy.

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Bamfords' James Lewis aims for Guinness Book of Records with marathon charity auction

20 March 2019

James Lewis, founder and director of Bamfords auctioneers in Derbyshire, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous auction taken by a single auctioneer, in aid of wildlife charities.

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Sale of art owned by Hertfordshire County Council to go ahead despite protest

20 March 2019

Hertfordshire County Council is going ahead with the auction of artworks from its collection this week despite the launch of a petition to ‘save’ it from being dispersed.

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Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo ‘returns’ to France

20 March 2019

The successful buyer at auction of the ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ - the prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo - has taken the painting to his home in France.

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Salvador Dalí’s surrealist ‘champagne’ lamps designed for West Sussex home bought by V&A Museum

19 March 2019

A pair of ‘champagne’ lamps designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí has been bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum and will be reunited with Dalí’s Mae West Lips sofa.

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Berlin Wall fragments sell in West Sussex auction

19 March 2019

Two fragments of the Berlin Wall once used in a memorial to those killed in escape attempts sold for a combined hammer total of £17,000 at an auction in West Sussex last week.

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Daphne Du Maurier archive for auction in Ely features unseen photos of young Queen Elizabeth II

19 March 2019

She wrote two of the 20th century’s great masterpieces of fiction. Now on the 30th anniversary of her death, letters and photos relating to ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Jamaica Inn’ author Daphne du Maurier will go under the hammer at an Ely auction house.

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Rare Native American pictures by George Catlin come to auction in London

19 March 2019

A collection of watercolours, drawings and letters by American painter George Catlin (1796-1872) will be offered at Forum Auctions next week.

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Beans means bucks at auction – Heinz forks out on 18ct gold baked bean

18 March 2019

Beans manufacturer Heinz has paid a hammer price of £750 at auction for a special issue 18ct gold baked bean.

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Pick of the week: Rarities point to the mystery Compass factory

18 March 2019

Three models from an English porcelain factory about which almost nothing is known surfaced for sale in East Sussex last week.

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Candlestand bought at auction reunited with pair at York museum after half a century apart

18 March 2019

A pair of rare George II rosewood candlestands c.1745-60 has been reunited by Fairfax House in York after one of them was spotted at a Woolley & Wallis auction at the start of the year.

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The £14,000 folk art shop display certainly worth a butcher’s

18 March 2019

The exact function of carved and painted wood butcher’s shop dioramas is uncertain.

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