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.

Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ first edition

Hindman sets auction record for copy of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’

08 November 2019

A record for a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species came at Hindman’s sale of the library of a Midwestern collector in Chicago earlier this week.

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Christie’s seeks exemption from Chinese import tax in US

08 November 2019

Christie’s has been praised for its stance on US tariffs on Chinese art after it became the first art market firm to seek exclusion from the tax, part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Late in October, Christie’s applied for exemption from a “punishing” import tax on seven types of Chinese art.

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Political picks: a 1975 EU election poster and a jug celebrating Gladstone's victory

07 November 2019

Fans of politics may be tempted to snap up historical election mementoes in the run up to polling day next month.

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Gilt bronze buddha from charity shop makes five-figure sum at Gloucestershire auction

06 November 2019

A gilt bronze model of a buddha donated to a charity shop by a donor took a hammer price of £15,000 at an auction in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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Auction house Christie’s to restructure its education business

06 November 2019

Christie’s is in consultation with staff following a review of its education division which will close its Christie’s Education arm and absorb courses into its larger business.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a treen model ship, Ottoman Greek silverware and an Art Deco Jazz coffee set

04 November 2019

With estimates from £80-5000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Sculpture of Emperor Hadrian reigns supreme in Christie's Classic Week

04 November 2019

Christie’s latest ‘Classic week’ in New York raised a premium-inclusive $59.9m (£46.8m) from nine separate sales.

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Irish auction house Whyte’s teams up with Christie’s to disperse the Ernie O’Malley collection

04 November 2019

Dublin auction house Whyte’s will be offering works from the collection of leading Irish revolutionary Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) on November 25. The sale is held in association with Christie’s and will take place at the Royal Dublin Society.

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Jewellery discovered next to joint of meat in a freezer to be offered at Wiltshire auction

04 November 2019

Local home which provided £300,000 still-life serves up more surprises

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Works by art market favourite Cedric Morris come to auction

04 November 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne saleroom Anderson & Garland has received a group of works by current market favourite Cedric Morris (1889-1982) which it will offer for sale early next year. The oil 'Spanish Basket of Vegetable No.1 1961', as indicated by labels to the reverse, was exhibited at the Tate’s Morris exhibition in March-May 1984.

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Spotlight on the design process

04 November 2019

Ceramics, furniture, glass and figure highlights from a range of sales under same banner.

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Cedric Morris' pupil David Carr creates his own interest

04 November 2019

Morris record takes the headlines but his pupil is also in demand at same sale.

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Collector with an eye for the birds

04 November 2019

A sale at Rago Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in its New Jersey rooms offered potential buyers the Andrew Furer and Elle Douglas collection: 27 lots of Martinware (mostly composed of the potters’ iconic Wally Bird creations).

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Photographer Thomson travels up north

04 November 2019

First work in photographer’s classic coverage of China and its people makes £48,000.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

04 November 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Gwyn Hanssen Pigott: An Aussie name to watch

04 November 2019

A buoyant specialist subject in its own right, studio pottery appeared at a number of the recent Design sales with material by major British names selling in the expected low four-figure range.

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Two more Martin Brothers collections offered at Woolley & Wallis

04 November 2019

A large selection of around 250 lots of Martin Brothers wares will be offered in the next British Art Pottery sale at Woolley & Wallis on November 27.

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Harry Potter casts spell on bidders

04 November 2019

Code locked in a briefcase for two decades, a finely preserved, 1997 first issue of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finally released this summer after being delivered by its Lancashire owners into the hands of a Derbyshire saleroom.

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They don’t like it up ’em…

04 November 2019

More refined items are available in Chorley’s Cotswolds Country House sale in Prinknash Abbey on November 19-20 but few will attract more attention than this rare survivor from the early 1940s: a roll of loo paper featuring satirical cartoons of characters from Nazi Germany.

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