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.


Seeing double

21 June 2005

YOU wait forever then two come along at once. The sentiment so often expressed about London buses could equally well apply to rare early 18th century Continental porcelain teapots.

Sotheby’s to shut regional offices as market alters

21 June 2005

Following an extensive regional review, Sotheby’s are to close a number of their high street consignment offices.


Perfect for a no-frills wedding

13 June 2005

The natural desire of a woman to wear the dress of her dreams on her wedding day may be an element of vanity even a Quaker bride cannot completely suppress.


Royal subject rides high

06 June 2005

THE undoubted high point of Christie’s King Street’s (20/12% buyer’s premium) single-owner sale on April 22 was the Italian equestrian bronze group of Carlo Emanuele I, Duke of Savoy pictured right.


Another vintage car roars out of a barn at £31,000

06 June 2005

The Yorkshire Dales, have proved a happy hunting ground for Tennants when it comes to selling classic cars and motorbikes.


Ewbank ups the Surrey stakes with £100,000 makeover

06 June 2005

NEWLY refurbished rooms at Send in Surrey mean that Ewbanks will now be able to hold two general sales a month (on the first and third Thursdays) with quarterly sales of fine art and antiques.


Toby jugs selling with an air of respectability

06 June 2005

ENGLISH POTTERY SALESTHE products of the Staffordshire potteries from blue-printed tablewares to cottage chimney ornaments and Toby jugs to ironstone services, were the subject of a 356-lot sale at Bonhams’ Knightsbridge (20/12% buyer’s premium) back on May 11.


Waxing lyrical at $415,000

31 May 2005

Christie’s New York are selling the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana in three portions.


Fascinating world of the five-guinea piece

31 May 2005

The specialist British sale held by Spink (15% buyer’s premium) on May 5 consisted exclusively of the collection formed by Samuel King.


£280,000 bid to enter the Ascot winners’ enclosure every day

31 May 2005

RACEHORSE trainers may be used to a photo finish but a battle between two famous breeders went right to the wire on May 17 when Graham Budd (17.5% buyer’s premium) in association with Sotheby’s Olympia offered a selection of chattels from Ascot Racecourse.


Beswick’s £8500 pit pony leads the way at Nantwich

31 May 2005

PERHAPS the rarest of all Beswick’s ouput is the Spirit of Whitfield.


Cliff hits new heights to boost reputation of Bath specialists

27 May 2005

THE reputation established by Gardiner Houlgate over the last ten years for Clarice Cliff pottery has resulted in two specialist sales each year of around 200 lots.


Sales rely on key names and keen pricing

27 May 2005

Christie’s South Kensington (20/12% buyer’s premium) : Art Nouveau and Art DecoThis two-day, all-Continental offering really was a sale of two halves.


Bidding soars as Morris’s Clouds carpet comes back on the market at £78,000

27 May 2005

AFTER the mixed response to the Christopher Dresser material offered at Lyon & Turnbull (Buyers Premium 17.5%), it was left to the catalogue of decorative arts, consigned by various vendors, to provide the auctioneers with their biggest number of the day.

Pinault moves his museum dream from Paris to Venice

24 May 2005

François Pinault, the French business tycoon who owns Christie’s, has abandoned his plans to build a £100m museum near Paris to house his Contemporary art collection.


The measure of Easton Neston

24 May 2005

Sotheby’s sale of a sizeable slice of the contents Easton Neston, the English Baroque country house that has been home of the Fermor-Hesketh family since it was built in 1699, raised a premium-inclusive £8.7m last week when the auctioneers offered 1472 lots over two days in a marquee on the grounds from May 17-19.

Now François Tajan joins ArtCurial

24 May 2005

François Tajan, who quit as chairman of Tajan SA, the firm founded by his father Jacques, at the end of March, has joined Paris rivals ArtCurial.


Drambuie to sell major slice of their collection

18 May 2005

Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull have secured one of Scotland’s key art collections for sale in January 2006.


£12,500 sofa table brings classic cheer

18 May 2005

Classic English furniture continues to bring good prices at auction providing the quality is there – and this Regency sofa table, right, certainly filled that requirement when it was offered at the March 3 sale in Cornwall held by Bonhams Par (17.5% buyer’s premium).

Commission charges keep Sotheby’s on the right track

18 May 2005

SOTHEBY’S auction and related revenues rose by more than 20 per cent, year on year, for the first quarter of 2005, coming in at $72.2m.