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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Former slave who became an abolitionist, writer and composer

26 April 2021

The book section of a twice postponed Gloucestershire sale – one that included the rare white Chelsea owl featured on the front page of ATG No 2486 – comprised books from the library at Spetchley Park in the neighbouring county of Worcestershire.

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Opium smoker automaton gets high result

26 April 2021

Estimated at just £100-200, a rare automaton of a stereotypical Chinaman smoking an opium pipe sold for £7400 at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Bidders get their teeth into a single-owner collection

26 April 2021

The familiar red-lettered, yellow-cloth covers of an 1897 first of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, though now somewhat soiled, prompted a far higher than predicted bid of $21,000 (£15,150) to lead a Chicago auction of March 19 – a sum bettered only by a handful of inscribed copies.

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Collection fit to take centre stage

26 April 2021

Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt was one of the stand-out lots in a 300-lot white-glove auction.

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Cloudy landscape gives a nod to Constable

26 April 2021

A Constable-esque landscape turned a few heads at Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) latest fine art and antiques sale.

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Tudor connection chewed over

26 April 2021

Armorial head linked to the palaces of Henry VIII when he was married to Anne Boleyn.

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Renowned Pre-Raphaelite beauty caught on camera

26 April 2021

Original photographs of a well-known Pre-Raphaelite beauty – the muse of William Holman Hunt and the mother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell – sold for £2600 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

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Another white glove in the frame

26 April 2021

Another white-glove group of items featured at Parker Fine Art earlier this year when all 300 picture frame lots sold in its first sale of 2021, raising a hammer total of £38,400.

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Eye Kandy and look to the sky

26 April 2021

Ground level views of Ceylon offered in same sale as uplifting account of balloon voyages.

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Fussy time-keeper at auction, then an idiosyncratic dealer

26 April 2021

South London auction house Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) was instructed to sell the collection of Herbert Kennard on March 26.

Portrait of Jeremy Taylor

English female portrait painter returns to Colchester auction

24 April 2021

A portrait by 17th century artist Mary Beale (1633-99) took a six-figure-sum earlier this year at a sale in Essex and now a second portrait by the artist will be offered next week.

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Unique Mouseman bureau stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

23 April 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a purpose-built bureau that tripled its estimate in Yorkshire and made the second-highest ever price for a piece of Mouseman.

Bronze ostrich by ‘workshop of Giambologna’

Bidders go head to head in Cambridge as bronze ostrich sells for £1.41m

22 April 2021

A bronze sculpture of an ostrich catalogued as from the workshop of Mannerist sculptor Giambologna drew an extraordinary competition at Cheffins in Cambridge today.

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Darth Vader and Green Cross Code Man - Dave Prowse collection comes to auction

21 April 2021

The collection of a giant of cinema is coming up at East Bristol Auctions: Dave Prowse (1935-2020), who played Darth Vader in Star Wars.

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John Cowburn’s Liverpool jug now worth £7400

19 April 2021

A documentary 18th century blue and white porcelain jug emerged for sale at an auction held by Warren & Wignall in Leyland, Lancashire.

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Pick of the week: Milking the sale of ‘Breadboard Annie’ collection

19 April 2021

The mouthwatering kitchenalia collection of Annie Marchant (1951-2020) certainly served up a treat when it came to auction on April 12-13.

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A 'Japonaise' mantel clock and a Rex Whistler illustration are among six lots to watch at auction

19 April 2021

With estimates from £500-120,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Roman relics and much more

19 April 2021

Account of a temple study in Scotland is one of the stand-out auction lots in South Cerney

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Two single-owner collections of Orientalists works highlight Sussex sale with worldwide appeal

19 April 2021

Two English Orientalists made the biggest impression at a recent sale at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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Be sure to bid if you fancy a Shell poster

19 April 2021

On April 29, Lyon & Turnbull, in partnership with poster specialist Tomkinson Churcher, will present Design on the Move: Selected Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection.

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