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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Gustav Klimt sketch for the Beethoven Frieze emerges at Chiswick Auctions

25 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt is being offered at Chiswick Auctions this week.

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Rare Rolex Submariner watch sets house record for auction house Fellows

24 August 2020

After a five minute bidding battle a rare Rolex Military Submariner watch was hammered down at £140,000 (£165,200 including premium) at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham.

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£17,000 Martinware tortoise emerges from hibernation

24 August 2020

This Martin Brothers stoneware model of a tortoise with a mirthful face was a very welcome discovery for auctioneer Rupert Toovey on a post-lockdown valuation in the Surrey Hills.

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Bonhams scales down Scots sales

24 August 2020

Bonhams is closing its Glasgow office and has restructured its sales schedule and specialists in Scotland.

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Antiques dealer's French imperial naval eagle soars at auction

24 August 2020

According to his family, this French imperial naval eagle was purchased by the dealer Jack Webb (1923-2019) from a ‘totter’ in the early 1970s over the counter at his shop in Camden Passage.

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Statues surface from sunken garden site after decades in the undergrowth

24 August 2020

An extraordinary cache of garden statuary, unseen for decades, comes for sale at Summers Place Auctions next month.

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Pick of the week: Disc-end spoon discovery scoops £21,000

24 August 2020

While most early Scottish spoon types follow closely known and comparable patterns from England or mainland Europe, the ‘disc-end’ is an exception. Made for perhaps a century from c.1580, it is a form seemingly unique to Scotland.

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A military watch collection, a Bernard Leach jar and a Shakespeare halfpenny are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

24 August 2020

With estimates from £100-35,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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The Mouseman in his prime

24 August 2020

Classic Robert Thompson products from family collections underline current keen demand.

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Batavian box gives buyer something to chew on

24 August 2020

The centuries-old Indonesian habit of chewing betel nut, the fruit of the reach palm, was quickly adopted by settlers from the Dutch East India Company who appreciated both its psychoactive properties and its importance as a local social ritual.

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Scottish play opens in NY

24 August 2020

Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.

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Bayonet axed for being costly is now highly valauble

24 August 2020

The so-called Elcho bayonet was designed for the Martini-Henry rifle in 1870 by Lord Elcho, the 10th Earl of Wemyss & March.

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Bonhams sticks to early offering

24 August 2020

While Sotheby’s and Christie’s shifted their main Old Master offerings to the end of July, Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) maintained its auction earlier in the month with a sale in New Bond Street on July 7-8.

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Politician proves influential in the antiques world

24 August 2020

Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond (1944-2014) – the founder of the Norbrook pharmaceutical group in Northern Ireland – proved just as influential in the world of politics as he was in business.

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Carving much mightier than a mouse

24 August 2020

The Robert Thompson firm produced shire horses, such as this example offered by Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on July 23, from the 1960s-90s.

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Bid Barometer

24 August 2020

Online buying: realised prices at auctions on thesaleroom.com

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Comic effect

24 August 2020

The two ink drawings reproduced here both made substantial sums in a June 27 sale of comic strip artwork held in Paris by Artcurial.

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Sphinx flies in black glass

24 August 2020

The best-known press-moulded models made by John Derbyshire at the Regent Road Flint Glassworks in Salford are the series of animal and figural paperweights made in frosted, flint and coloured glass.

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Through the Glasgow looking glass

24 August 2020

Featured in Previews, ATG No 2449, was an amusing illustration of the Vacuum Tube, a proposed new means of mass transport from the pages of the Glasgow Looking Glass, a publication that has come to be widely regarded as the world’s first comic.

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Even Old Masters have to wait

24 August 2020

Leading works held back until mixed-category July auctions in a drawn-out sales season.

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