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.

Christie’s enjoy 30% sales boost in best year ever

16 January 2006

Christie’s have announced £1.8bn ($3.2bn) in global sales for 2005, the highest total in the firm’s history and more than 30 per cent up on 2004.

Edinburgh auctioneers open office in London

16 January 2006

Buoyed up by an increasing number of consignments from England, Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull are opening an office in central London.

Salisbury are number one in tough climate

11 January 2006

Helped by a £2.6m windfall, Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis emerged from 2005 as the largest-grossing UK provincial saleroom.


A €6m French auction record

07 January 2006

18th century French furniture was much in evidence on both sides of the Channel at the end of last year. It was the mainstay of two single-owner collections offered at the height of the pre-Christmas season.

Sotheby’s and Christie’s alter sales formats to woo home furnishers

19 December 2005

imminent changes to the furniture and objects sales at two London rooms underscore the need to woo private, home-furnishing buyers and bolster more traditional sectors of the auction market.

New technology puts online views in a 360º spin

14 December 2005

Gloucester auctioneers Bruton Knowles are experimenting with a new software package that allows online visitors to turn selected objects 360 degrees for a detailed inspection.

Now Sotheby’s contract out arms and armour

14 December 2005

WEDNESDAY, December 14 sees Thomas Del Mar Ltd’s inaugural sale of arms and armour at Sotheby’s Olympia.

Spink chief joins Dreweatt Neate group

14 December 2005

PAUL Barthaud, who has just stepped down as executive director of Spink, is the new chief operating officer for the Fine Art Auction Group.

Christie’s £6m Partridge sale – New York in May

14 December 2005

CHRISTIE’s will stage a sale of 200 items from Partridge’s stock in New York next May.

Sworders absorb Olivers and build for the future

05 December 2005

GROWING Essex auctioneers Sworders have expanded their reach into Suffolk with the acquisition of the venerable Sudbury firm Olivers. Plans are also underway for a new auction centre situated on a brownfield site just north of their current location in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Sotheby’s up the stakes as they extend credit facility by $50m

05 December 2005

Sotheby’s have extended their credit facility by $50m to $250m, bringing them greater room for manoeuvre in competing for business.

Bloomsbury prove themselves top swots

05 December 2005

Christie’s and ATG teams follow in close second on quiz night

Sotheby’s see off casino bid to stay at Olympia

25 November 2005

EC&O agree ten-year lease as they drop MGM partnership


A century on, heirlooms claim £187,000

19 November 2005

The final 51 lots of Woolley & Wallis’s sale on October 19 comprised the Fauconberg & Conyers Heirlooms.

Christie’s to sell Turpin’s stock and collection

19 November 2005

The stock-in-trade and private collection of Maurice Turpin who died in March, will be sold by Christie’s in London next spring. Two sales, on March 9 and 14, will offer over 800 items and are estimated to fetch over £2m.


Walpole crest helps set record for nutmeg grater

19 November 2005

The second tranche of a private collection of nutmeg graters was offered at Woolley & Wallis’ October 19 sale.


A day in the life of the Martin Brothers

12 November 2005

“Someday,” wrote The Times in August 1912, “collectors will ransack the town for Martin’s artistic stonewares.”


The extraordinary tale of Grace under pressure

08 November 2005

The cosy Dorset town of Sherborne is not usually associated with bloody revolution and armed struggle, but Sherborne-based Charterhouse Auctioneers have unearthed two items redolent with memories of the American Revolution.

Take-over aims to transform UK coins market

08 November 2005

COIN dealers Noble Investments have announced the acquisition of Baldwin’s, the London-based coin dealers and auctioneers, in a reverse take-over.


The pinnacle of Chinese taste

08 November 2005

The emerging class of wealthy Chinese buyers continues to boost the top-end of the art and antiques market in the Far East. So it wasn’t a huge surprise that Sotheby’s set a house record in this autumn’s Hong Kong series, taking HK$850.9m (£61.7m) from seven sales.