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.


Created over ten years… piece by piece

01 March 2010

ON June 24, Gloucestershire auctioneers Chorley's will offer for sale this enormous 47 x 47ft (14.3 x 14.3m) reconstruction of the Orpheus pavement, a Roman mosaic.


Knibb wall clock strikes £37,000

22 February 2010

THIS rare Charles II clock by John Knibb of Oxford, c.1685, was recently found by the vendor when sorting through effects inherited from a family member around 50 years ago.


Teeside toy specialist banks on local art

22 February 2010

BRYAN Goodall, owner of the Hambleton Group which includes toy auctioneers Vectis of Stockton-on-Tees, has invested £600,000 in ArtsBank, a new gallery and arts centre in nearby Saltburn-by-the-Sea.


Pin-ups from the age of the train

20 February 2010

Last month in Harrogate, auctioneers Morphets held a sale of what is thought to be the biggest collection of vintage railway posters ever to come on the market.


Imperial lantern vase makes £625,000 in Dorchester

15 February 2010

DORCHESTER saleroom Duke's achieved the highest price for a UK regional auctioneer so far this year when this Qianlong mark and period vase sold at £625,000 on February 11.


Serrell goes back to school to sell Hazelrigg furniture

15 February 2010

WORCESTERSHIRE auctioneer Philip Serrell has been asked to sell, at short notice, Cotswolds School furniture from the dormitories of Hazelrigg Hall, now part of Loughborough University.

Adam’s take gallery space in Ulster

15 February 2010

DUBLIN auctioneers Adam’s are to open a new office in Northern Ireland – and take over the running of one of the province’s leading commercial galleries.


Contemporary sales provide more evidence of strength at the top end

15 February 2010

SIGNS of recovery at the top end of the art market were seen again as greater levels of international bidding emerged at the latest contemporary art auction series in London.

Lehman Brothers sale rescheduled

15 February 2010

FOLLOWING the severe winter weather that has struck the East Coast of the US, Freemans of Philadelphia chose to postpone for a week the sale of the Lehman Brothers Collection Part II.


Quaritch bookcases make £22,000

15 February 2010

IT is in the nature of display cabinets not to stand out. By definition they are unobtrusive vehicles intended to take a back seat to their contents.


$5.2m bid smashes previous record for American silver

11 February 2010

John Ward, head of Sotheby’s New York silver department, said it was the piece of American silver that had it all: “Large size, great condition, beautiful design by an idiosyncratic maker, fresh provenance, and a great story.”


Brett sale at Sworders as dealer revamps company

11 February 2010

The Norwich dealer James Brett is to sell 300 pieces of his stock of English and Continental furniture and decorative items in a single-vendor sale at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on March 9.


What makes the £58m walking man so special?

05 February 2010

IF the price paid for Alberto Giacometti's (1901-1966) sculpture L'Homme qui Marche I is anything to go by, then the art market is now striding out of recession. Selling for £58m (plus premium) at Sotheby's evening sale on February 3, it became the most expensive object ever sold at auction.


Bumper totals at Impressionist and Modern sales

05 February 2010

SERIOUS levels of demand emerged for works at the very top end of the art market as this month’s flagship Impressionist and Modern art auction series raised a combined hammer total of £225.8m, massively up on the £108.8m for the equivalent series last year.


Museums active at Old Masters auctions in New York

01 February 2010

MAJOR American museums played an active role as both buyers and sellers in the latest Old Master sales in New York.

Christie’s upbeat despite overall fall in 2009 sales

01 February 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced a 24 per cent year-on-year fall in sales for 2009 to £2.1bn.


Beckford’s waiters bring £36,000

01 February 2010

A PAIR of silver-gilt waiters made by William Burwash for William Beckford, “the wealthiest commoner in England” who built the lavish Gothic Revival Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire, sold for £36,000 at auction last week.

Munich alliance for Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

01 February 2010

BLOOMSBURY Auctions and Dreweatts have announced an alliance with Hermann Historica, the German specialist auctioneers in arms, armour and militaria.


Stalag Luft III’s original scriptwriters

01 February 2010

A PENCIL and watercolour sketch showing men at work on a celebrated escape tunnel was a major attraction in a log or record compiled in 1943-45 by a Scottish P.O.W. sold by Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh for £3200 on January 13.

King receives expanded role at Christie’s

01 February 2010

CHRISTIE’S have made a number of changes to their senior management in Asia, the US, the UK and Europe.