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.

Patrick Drahi

Shareholders approve sale of Sotheby’s to Patrick Drahi

05 September 2019

Sotheby’s shareholders have approved a $3.7bn deal to sell the company to media and telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang designer's sculpture bought by National Railway Museum in York

05 September 2019

A 26-foot long kinetic sculpture by Rowland Emett (1906-90) who designed the magical car in the eponymous 1960s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been sold by Bonhams for a six-figure sum to the National Railway Museum in York.

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Antiques firms urged to register for EU trade permit as potential no-deal Brexit looms

03 September 2019

Trade associations are urging their members to apply for the required permit to continue importing and exporting with EU countries following Brexit on October 31.

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Sir Rod Stewart’s collection under the hammer again – Essex house move means more lots come to auction at Sworders

03 September 2019

Auction house Sworders is selling another batch of items from singer Sir Rod Stewart.

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Bonhams returns to Oxford with furniture sale

02 September 2019

Bonhams’ Oxford office is to reopen as a saleroom for two auctions in the autumn season.

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Martinware on offer from family patron of the potters

02 September 2019

Maidenhead auction house Dawson’s is to sell a collection of Martinware on behalf of descendants of an important patron of the Southall pottery.

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Five sales to watch at auction this week including vast collections of pedal cars, hole punches and Ysart glass

02 September 2019

With estimates from £200-15,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Lesson in provenance importance

02 September 2019

Teacher’s single-owner collection stands out as part of Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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Fashionable woman is all the rage at auction

02 September 2019

Estimated at £100-150, this mid-20th century portrait of a fashionably dressed young woman attracted a flurry of bids at Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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Astronauts mark fact from fiction

02 September 2019

The highest prices recorded in a Space Exploration sale on July 20 were for video recordings and documents relating to the Apollo 11 mission that featured the first moon landing, but a much earlier, fictional account of a lunar expedition also impressed.

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Kipling pens his reading guidelines

02 September 2019

Almost exactly contemporary, the two works featured here came from the library of Christian Heuer and were offered as part of a July 1-9 summer sale at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium). Both are distinguished by the observations of their authors.

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Filipino Abstract art emerges in Sussex saleroom

02 September 2019

An Abstract work by the 20th century Filipino artist Oscar Zalameda (1930-2010) emerged as the star lot in an interiors auction in West Sussex.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a late Ronald Ossory Dunlop work

02 September 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at under £1000, including a Ronald Ossory Dunlop late work.

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Paul Viney: The lessons I’ve learned

02 September 2019

Woolley & Wallis chairman Paul Viney is stepping down from the role after nearly 20 years building up the firm to be a regional powerhouse in UK auctions. Here he reflects on his experiences.

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Wemyss revisited in spotlight on Scotland’s most famous pottery

02 September 2019

Edinburgh auction spotlights the current market for the wares of Scotland’s most famous pottery.

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The Warner collection of delftware

02 September 2019

Market freshness and well-regarded primary and secondary provenances distinguish the 250-300 pieces of early English delftware to be offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis in a stand-alone auction in Salisbury on September 17.

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Worcestershire couple make room for Meissen

02 September 2019

A collection of Meissen figures, many by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-75) and his assistants, met keen interest at Adam Partridge’s (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Pushkin pushes the boundaries

02 September 2019

Works by Russia’s most revered literary figure rack up auction records in London saleroom.

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Autumn Altounian at Artcurial

02 September 2019

One of the first major dispersals of the autumn season in Paris will take place at Artcurial on September 17-18.

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Architect’s items draw interest

02 September 2019

Christie’s is holding a five-day exhibition from September 13-17 in its Paris rooms of selected works from the collection of the famous architect IM Pei which are to be sold across various Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary and 20th century Chinese art auctions in Paris, New York and Hong Kong over the autumn season.

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