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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Subject matter boosts sampler to over 80 times estimate

08 April 2024

Embroidered samplers can appeal to buyers for all kinds of different reasons.

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Ephemera provides treasure trove for a private press fan

08 April 2024

Archive offers glimpse into the golden age of small-scale publishing when tiny print runs were the norm

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Sandford Orcas Manor: ‘A lovely sale to preside over’

08 April 2024

Country house contents, global interest and a packed room of bidders - what more could an auctioneer wish for?

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Right time and place for Lowry

08 April 2024

A strong provenance is always desirable on the secondary market, but it is essential when it comes to selling works by LS Lowry (1887-1976) - arguably Britain’s most faked artist.

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How Gwen John sought creature comfort

08 April 2024

Watercolour of a sleeping feline – possibly her favourite cat – takes £19,000 in Cambridge saleroom

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The world’s oldest auction house: Happy 350th birthday celebrations

08 April 2024

On February 27 the world’s oldest auction house celebrated 350 years in business.

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Christie’s reveals designer tie-up for latest decorative arts sales series

05 April 2024

A year ago Christie's relaunched its decorative arts auction series to run concurrently online in three cities: London, New York and Paris.

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Famous Titian comes to auction at Christie’s this summer

04 April 2024

The ‘Longleat’ Titian is coming to auction at Christie’s with a £15m-25m price tag.

Movers & Shakers

Promotions, hires and expansion from Cumbria to the Cotswolds and Norfolk to Dorset

04 April 2024

The latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques sector

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Dedicated Bloomsbury set auction comes to Bonhams

04 April 2024

An auction dedicated solely to the Bloomsbury set of artists and thinkers will be held at Bonhams for the first time this spring.

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Sleeping clair-de-lune bottle vase from Ohio yeast magnate rises to six-figure sum

03 April 2024

The stand-out performance in the March series of Asian art sales was a Qing monochrome clair-de-lune bottle vase.

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Scottish country house giltwood side tables spark international bidding battle

02 April 2024

A pair of 18th century giltwood side tables from a Scottish country house made £220,000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Mersey Beat newspapers sold at auction unveil an up and coming band - the Beatles

02 April 2024

By the start of 1962 the Beatles were on the cusp of stardom but challenges remained.

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Outstanding Meissen figure collection comes to auction in Paris

01 April 2024

The first part of one of the finest collections of 18th century Meissen figures still in private hands will be offered at Bonhams in Paris on April 17.

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Lost in non-translation: honour won by a blagger

01 April 2024

On February 29 Fellows (25% buyer’s premium) of Birmingham held its inaugural Monies, Medals & Militaria sale.

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How a sensible pitch yields rewards for traditional pictures

01 April 2024

It’s wise to keep a lid on estimates for traditional pictures where condition and market freshness is lacking

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Dealer buys second Celestial Cup at auction

01 April 2024

The latest sale of Fine Asian Art at Alastair Gibson Auctions in London included a particularly impressive example of 19th century Chinese export silver.

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Steele shows his mettle in the North West Mounted Police

01 April 2024

This North West Mounted Police hat badge caught the attention when Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (25% buyer’s premium) of Exeter sold the remaining personal effects of Canadian soldier and policeman Major General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele KCMG CB MVO (1848-1919) on March 19.

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Bravery of mine defusers recognised by George medals and crosses

01 April 2024

George Medals were awarded to military recipients for bravery not in the face of the enemy, so bomb or mine disposal is a classic reason.

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Chronicle of a Canadian way of life soon to disappear

01 April 2024

Irish-born William W Armstrong (1822-1914) emigrated to Canada in 1851 and initially found success as a civil engineer on the early railways and pioneering photography for industrial purposes.

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