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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Getting a grip on a £20,000 Fairbairn-Sykes dagger

01 July 2019

A rare variant of the classic Second World War commando knife has sold for 200 times its lower estimate at a North Yorkshire auction.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including novelty Victorian silver, a George III tea caddy and a rare Middle English manuscript

01 July 2019

With estimates from £50-90,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Church gates lead to bidding battles in two salerooms

01 July 2019

In market terms, ecclesiastical gates are not the subject of mass appeal but examples by major 19th century designers certainly had their devotees at two June sales.

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Pick of the week: Silver pomander from Tudor period sells above predictions at Cirencester auction

01 July 2019

The origin of ‘Tudor’ globe pomanders is still under discussion. It is generally thought that most originate from northern Europe but were probably made by itinerant craftsmen in a number of countries.

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Chinese vase and trinket make multi-estimate prices after emerging at regional auctions

01 July 2019

Catalogued as a ‘tin glazed hand painted Chinese vase – 17in (42cm) tall’ and estimated at £50-80, a late 17th century Kangxi period famille verte porcelain vase of waisted trumpet form sold on June 22 for a healthier £12,000 – 150 times the top estimate.

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Christie's auction off extraordinary group of Indian courtly weapons with the Al Thani edge

01 July 2019

Christie’s marathon 12-hour auction of Indian jewellery and works of art from the Al Thani family held in New York included the finest collection of courtly weapons to come to auction in well over a generation.

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15th century maths book merits own catalogue and sells for $1m in New York auction

01 July 2019

Published in Venice in November 1494, a copy of Luca Pacioli’s 'Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proporzioni et proporzionalità…' offered in a recent US sale was granted the rare privilege in the book auction world of having a catalogue all of its own.

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Buyer nets a silver tennis bangle

01 July 2019

This silver tennis bangle, below, triggered a classic singles match at auction.

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Metellus maps out a sale success

01 July 2019

Beyond the Horizon was the title given to the remarkable Mopelia collection of atlases and travel books offered in a June 5 sale in London.

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Dove design wings its way to auction

01 July 2019

Scantily catalogued as a Georgian/Victorian micro-mosaic plaque depicting a dove, a classic example of the pieces produced by Italian craftsmen and beloved by wealthy Britons on the Grand Tour was equally appreciated by bidders at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Ground hero: mortars from Schwarzach collection impress at Cologne auction

01 July 2019

Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale devoted to the Schwarzach Collection of mortars, which is thought to be the most extensive of its type in Europe, if not worldwide.

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Hamburg sale is a books best

01 July 2019

Running up a total of over €2m on 600 lots, a smaller number than usual, the May 27 sale held by Ketterer Kunst (23/21% buyer’s premium) in Hamburg produced the book department’s best-ever results.

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That’s the spirit at £5900

01 July 2019

Top-seller at Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest specialist motoring accessories sale was a hanging lightbox proclaiming the virtues of Pratt’s Perfection Spirit.

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ATG letter: Scroll ‘probably Iraqi not Persian’

01 July 2019

MADAM – The niello designs on the ‘Persian’ Esther scroll sold at Lyon & Turnbull (ATG No 2398) indicate that in my opinion this is likely to be Iraqi work rather than Persian.

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Tintin meets Egyptian queen

01 July 2019

A rare signed ink and gouache image in which Tintin carves a makeshift propellor to replace that damaged by a forced landing of his aeroplane in the Soviet Union sold for $900,000 (£708,660) in a June 8-9 sale of European comic artworks held in the US.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

01 July 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Publicity-shy artist Percy Kelly now on a high

01 July 2019

Percy Kelly (1918-93) was so averse to the limelight that only a few of his paintings were ever shown publicly during his life. But a major retrospective in 2015 and a birth centenary last year has helped raise the Cumbrian artist’s profile – and his prices.

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Glyn Philpot watercolour makes a fur result

01 July 2019

Tentatively guided at £200-400, this watercolour of an unknown sitter below attributed to the painter and sculptor Glyn Philpot (1884-1937) attracted multiple bids in Cardiff.

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Rediscovered Eric Ravilious drawing from Grimsby trip makes £3000 at Roseberys

01 July 2019

In the spring of 1940, Eric Ravilious (1903-42) spent three weeks in Grimsby during his role as a war artist.

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A pietra dura and ebonised casket and an early 17th-century English text – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

28 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a pottery faience charger and a Fijian sperm whale tooth pendant.

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