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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Owner of 10 Downing Street visitor book plans sale after dismissing Treasury claim

14 February 2024

The owner of a visitor book from 10 Downing Street, during the Margaret Thatcher and John Major era, plans to sell it despite the government saying it is official property.

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Sotheby's sets record for a work on paper by a female Old Master

14 February 2024

Some of the strongest demand at the latest Old Master auctions in New York came among the works on paper sales.

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Medals of SAS hero who fought alongside the legendary Paddy Mayne in a 'suicidal' rescue mission make £41,000

13 February 2024

Renowned SAS commander 'Paddy' Mayne was so courageous (and hard as nails) he won not one but four Distinguished Service Order awards during the Second World War.

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Mug commemorating real-life crime 1823 style flies to 10 times estimate

12 February 2024

The murder of William Weare in the Hertfordshire village of Radlett in 1823 has been called the first trial by newspaper. It was also the first subject in the ‘crime and punishment’ series of earthenwares that proved curiously popular in the Victorian era.

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Noonans takes top coins and medals spot

12 February 2024

Noonans was the dominant player in the London coins and medals auction market in 2023 with a market share of almost 32%, ATG’s exclusive annual special report reveals.

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Dealers and auctioneers react after Sotheby’s shock changes to both buyer’s and vendor’s fees

12 February 2024

The surprise decision by Sotheby’s to cut its buyer’s premium and standardise its vendor fees sparked a wave of comments across the art and antiques trade.

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Pick of the week: Coachbuilders archive rolls up to £25,000

12 February 2024

With clients including the Maharajah of Kutch, Queen Victoria and multiple princes and dukes, Holmes & Co was one of the top coachbuilders of the 19th century.

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Wemyss collected over decades comes to auction in Edinburgh

12 February 2024

Extensive array offered by Lyon & Turnbull concentrates on the first Scottish period of production

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Fantasy mag key to creating Games Workshop empire

12 February 2024

Once considered to be the refuge of geeky teenagers, fantasy and sci-fi role playing and tabletop gaming is now hugely popular, with various celebs keen to proclaim their passion for all things orc and elf.

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Broken die ensures token’s rarity

12 February 2024

Daniel Eccleston, a retired well-to-do West Indian and American merchant based in Queen Street, Lancaster, planned to issue this halfpenny token in 1794.

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Early Queen Anne before Acts of Union

12 February 2024

The 1705 silver crown is one of the key rarities in the Queen Anne (1702-14) series.

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Bible bidders spot a King James sleeper

12 February 2024

An ‘18th century’ bible turned out to be far more valuable as a first issue King James “He” version

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Gallantry top-seller: Crimean War naval VC

12 February 2024

The best-selling gallantry medal of 2023 was offered at Noonans late in the year on December 6. The Naval Victoria Cross awarded to Seaman James Gorman at the Battle of Inkerman sold for a hammer price of £320,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) and now forms part of a private collection of Crimean War medals.

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Basel basilisk flies again at auction

12 February 2024

A Swiss gold coin that only appears at auction once every few years is the 1740 Basel triple ducat. To one face is a grand winged basilisk and to the other a view of the city from the east above eight coats of arms.

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The Iraqi note now worth £100,000

12 February 2024

This Iraq specimen banknote printed in India during the Second World War sold for £100,000 plus 24% buyer’s premium at Noonans on November 29-30. It was purchased by a lifetime collector or Iraqi banknotes at double the low estimate.

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Banknotes from coronation year

12 February 2024

Spink’s April 13 banknotes sale included a near-complete run of Malaya & British Borneo Elizabeth II specimen notes issued in the coronation year on March 21, 1953.

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Comprehensive East India Company collection

12 February 2024

A remarkable Canadian single-owner collection of coins of the East India Company was offered by Noonans on February 8-9, 2023.

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West Country painter Michael Morgan's work offered en masse for first time

12 February 2024

Core group of 14 works by the artist on offer could represent significant moment in secondary market

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Masterpiece of Greek numismatic art

12 February 2024

One of the great masterpieces of ancient Greek numismatic art, this silver tetradrachm was struck in c.460BC in commemoration of the refounding of the city of Naxos. Its citizens had been exiled to Leontinoi by the tyrant Hieron of Syracuse.

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Persian and Greek tributes paid

12 February 2024

Mithradates IV was ruler of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pontus in northern Anatolia from 169-150BC. He ushered in a period of relative friendship with the Roman republic that would continue until his grandson Mithradates VI (the Great) became its most formidable and determined opponent. Mithradates IV’s coinage draws attention to his Persian and Greek origins.

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