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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Coins and medals ‘up 15-20%’ during £53m year for London’s salerooms

15 February 2021

Despite the near absence of face-to-face trading, 2020 was a record year for London’s coins and medals auction houses with combined total sales just shy of £53m.

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Pick of the week: Pondicherry carpet saved from the ashes of Ossian’s Hall

15 February 2021

In his book 'Oriental Rugs' (1998), textiles scholar Murray Eiland Jr lamented the challenges in dating and identifying carpets woven in south-east India.

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Three new faces join Forum as firm builds on record year

15 February 2021

Few auction houses have expanded their roster of full-time staff over the past 12 months but one of those bucking the trend is Forum Auctions.

Tompian pocket watch

A Tompion pocket watch and Jaws poster are among six lots to watch at auction

15 February 2021

With estimates from £100-6500 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Estate of Turpin Antiques dealer stands up and delivers

15 February 2021

A recent Reeman Dansie sale in Colchester included 80 pieces from the estate of the well-known dealer Jane Sumner, who died last September at the age of 82.

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Edouard Manet dog portrait emerges at Paris sale

15 February 2021

This canine portrait 'Minnay' by Edouard Manet (1832-83) will be offered for sale by Drouot Estimations on February 26.

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Gainsborough chair is sitting pretty at Locke & England auction

15 February 2021

Although now known as Gainsborough chairs, generous walnut and upholstered armchairs were often referred to by contemporaries as ‘French’ chairs, as the most elaborate styles were based on French rococo.

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Miniature powers up to £1.2m

15 February 2021

Work produced in Brussels in the 1530s by a master of illumination soars way over estimate in Sotheby's London auction

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Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown

15 February 2021

In the absence of face-to-face contact, 2020 was a difficult year for the numismatics market as a whole... but the auction business found a way to thrive.

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‘Signature’ Stobwasser snuff box at £11,000

15 February 2021

Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) and his son Johann Heinrich (1740-1829) were among many craftsmen who moved to Brunswick during the Seven Years’ War.

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Holy order at £25,000

15 February 2021

Though incomplete and in a decorative 19th century binding, a very desirable early Bible impressed at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).

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Pioneering sea atlas sails to a new high

15 February 2021

Sold for a record €260,000 (£234,235) in Hamburg was a copy of Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer’s Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris occidentalis…

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Les Hymnes sing out in the Barbier-Muller collection

15 February 2021

On March 23 Christie’s France, in association with booksellers Jacques Quentin (Geneva) and Benoît Forgeot (Paris), will offer the first part of the poetic library of Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller.

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Air Vice-Marshal's medal group flies high at Spink

15 February 2021

Among the highlights of the year at Spink was a group of 17 medals awarded to Air Vice-Marshal Sir Matthew Brown ‘Bunty’ Frew (1895-1974).

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An Indian Mutiny double Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

The Medals, Orders and Decorations sale at Morton & Eden in November featured two Victoria Crosses awarded during the Indian Mutiny. They sold to the same buyer for a combined hammer price of £300,000.

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Monk and satyr both answer prayers of vendors

15 February 2021

Two pieces of sculpture – both catalogued as 19th century copies – made much higher than expected prices in the UK regions last month.

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Peanuts: early days unveiled at Heritage Auctions

15 February 2021

Early look of Peanuts cartoon strip evident from lot offered at Heritage Auctions.

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Landmark Islamic gold dinar sold at Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

After striking a few coins in both gold and silver which were still closely related to Byzantine and Sasanian prototypes, ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan ibn al-Hakam, the fifth Umayyad caliph, ruling from 685-705AD (65-86H), made a clean break with the pre-Islamic past and introduced a completely new gold coinage in 77H.

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Twelfth century coin dug up by metal detectorist sells at £14,000

15 February 2021

This coin, from the period known as ‘The Anarchy’, was discovered by a metal detectorist in a Yorkshire field in March.

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Coin from the reign of Catuvellauni leader Agr sold at Timeline

15 February 2021

The numismatic department of TimeLine is a small but important part of the auction house’s activities in the related disciplines of antiquities and medieval works of art.

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