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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Drought supplies ample artistic inspiration for Mod Brit duo

04 November 2019

The year after Cedric Morris painted his verdant Foxgloves in 1932, a severe drought cut through much of southern Britain. The parched soil and the hardship it brought were a source of artistic inspiration for those who painted the form and the character of the rural landscape.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3250 including a Stanley Spencer sketch

04 November 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Stanley Spencer sketch.

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Golf guide chips in for a sport surprise

04 November 2019

Golf books do not bring as many really high prices as was once the case, but the most recent of the regular sales in this category held by a Californian saleroom did contain a couple of surprises.

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Porthia Prints products appear in Lyon & Turnbull's London sale

04 November 2019

The Lyon & Turnbull Modern Made sale in London on November 14 includes an archive of material relating to Porthia Prints, the company established by St Ives artist Denis Mitchell and his brother in the 1950s.

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Martinware: Return of Avery’s ʻlost’ menagerie

04 November 2019

‘Dream’ Martinware cache from family of factory patron surfaces for sale in Berkshire

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View of Swansea street before the bombs

04 November 2019

A 1940s view of Swansea described as ‘historically important’ by the auction house which sold it featured among some good results for 20th century Welsh art in the regions.

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Melville library in demand at Swann

04 November 2019

Two books from Herman Melville’s library, both volumes of classical poetry that were annotated throughout and in one instance signed, topped a recent New York sale.

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Arabic printing pioneer at Bloomsbury Auctions

04 November 2019

A 1547 translation into Arabic of Euclid’s Elementa Geometrica sold for £17,000 as part of an October 23 sale of Islamic and Near Eastern works on paper at Bloomsbury Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) on October 22,

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Nicholson lights up Somerset sale

04 November 2019

Simple still-life of flowers showcases the Mod Brit artist’s love of colour and luminosity

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Pick of the week: Buyer gets claws into rare St James’s

04 November 2019

This sculptural white porcelain group of Ganymede and the Eagle is a rare survivor from the St James’s factory run by Charles Gouyn in London c.1749-60.

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Maps make their mark with prices far beyond estimates

04 November 2019

Focusing on south-east Asia, a 90-lot map section in an Essex sale comprised the extraordinarily successful first portion of a collection of maps and charts assembled by Christopher Beresford-Jones.

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Christie’s offers Stephen Hawking letter at online auction

01 November 2019

A letter written by the late Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) to an old school friend is being offered at a Christie’s online sale.

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French auction reform closer to reality as bill passes through Paris’ Senate

01 November 2019

A draft bill recommending further reform to the French auction system has passed through the Senate in Paris.

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New Jane Austen auction record for signed letter in New York

31 October 2019

A rare handwritten letter by Jane Austen (1775-1817) detailing a visit to the dentist has set a new auction record for a signed autograph letter by her.

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Rare prototype Star Wars figures could make auction record

30 October 2019

A new record for any Star Wars toy is anticipated next month with the appearance at auction of a rare prototype action figure.

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Stroud Auctions gets to the point with a huge collection of bayonets for sale

29 October 2019

Tom Mason’s collecting bug began when his father used to send him postcards and gifts from places he had been posted to in the Second World War, and on his return brought home a number of items of military memorabilia.

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Charles F Stewart, CEO of Sotheby’s

New CEO for Sotheby’s following Patrick Drahi acquisition

28 October 2019

Sotheby’s has appointed Charles F Stewart as chief executive officer. Joining from communications and media company Altice USA, he takes over from Tad Smith who has served as CEO since 2015.

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Cedric Morris market in full bloom as Sworders set auction record

28 October 2019

London art dealer Philip Mould was the successful bidder for three works by Cedric Morris (1889-1982) sold in Essex last week. One set a new auction record for the artist plantsman.

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Linthorpe pottery enters new price territory

28 October 2019

A Linthorpe pottery sake bottle designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser has sold for a record £17,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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