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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Auction previews: issue 2447

15 June 2020

Fifteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Rolex displays make the perfect accessory

15 June 2020

From the 1950s-70s, the Rolex produced a range of memorabilia given only to dealers to promote the brand. A vibrant market has grown in the past decade that has broadened the world of watch collectors beyond horology.

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Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin teams up with auction house for NHS charity auction

13 June 2020

Former Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin and auction house Dawsons have launched an auction to raise funds for NHS charities.

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Old Master dealers consign works directly to Sotheby’s for dedicated online auctions

12 June 2020

Sotheby’s is staging two online auctions of works consigned directly from 39 different Old Master dealers.

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Neoclassical cameo features among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes this week

12 June 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Neoclassical agate cameo that made over 50-times estimate and a watercolour of Oxford from 1789 that went over 20-times estimate.

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Sotheby’s loses New York court case against Greece over ancient horse figurine

10 June 2020

The Greek ministry of culture has won a court ruling over auction house Sotheby’s involving the ownership of an 8th century BC horse figurine.

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Government confirms 'non-essential retail' in England can reopen to the public from June 15

10 June 2020

Shops, retail galleries and auction houses in England will be able to reopen from June 15, the business secretary has confirmed.

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New faces - the latest Movers and Shakers at auction houses

10 June 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including at John Nicholson’s and Phillips.

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La Biennale Paris dealers will offer objects at an online auction at Christie’s this autumn

09 June 2020

La Biennale Paris and dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires have organised an online auction at Christie’s.

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Rare Rembrandt self-portrait comes to auction at Sotheby’s

08 June 2020

A self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) – one of just three in private hands – is coming to auction at Sotheby’s next month.

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London auction rooms back to ‘new normal’

08 June 2020

Auction houses in London have announced they are restarting live auctions in June.

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Pick of the week: The bones of a fine Old Master drawing

08 June 2020

A black chalk drawing of a skeleton drew an extraordinary competition at a German auction house Lempertz at the end of last month. Estimated at €3000-3500, it attracted at least 15 bidders and was eventually knocked down at €420,000 (£381,820) to a French dealer.

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I’ll get my sandals – a big welcome for Roman bronze

08 June 2020

Among the best-performing lots at the latest mammoth sale held by TimeLine in Harwich, Essex was this 1st-2nd century hollow-formed bronze foot.

‘Coming from the Match’ by LS Lowry

People watching: Christie’s to stage auction of LS Lowry works online

08 June 2020

A group of 19 paintings and drawings by LS Lowry will offered in a one-off online auction at Christie’s that closes on July 2.

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Zinkeisen sisters double up at auctions

08 June 2020

It was a case of interesting artist, distinctive painting and intriguing subject that sparked a strong bidding competition at a Glasgow sale.

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Presentation box pays tribute to earlier kaiser

08 June 2020

A recent sale at Lempertz (25/20% buyer’s premium) was held in Berlin dedicated to works of art from Prussia. The outstanding favourite was a gold and enamel presentation box, a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II.

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Trembling, rising and hurling in Irish auction

08 June 2020

Literary lots in a recent Irish sale included one of a thousand signed copies of the 1922, limited-edition issue of 'The Trembling of the Veil', one of William Butler Yeats’ autobiographical works.

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Suffolk artist shines in Norfolk auction

08 June 2020

Three works by Ipswich painter perform well in rescheduled East Anglian-themed auction

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Fans for staying cool in the social sense

08 June 2020

Keeping cool was just one of the many uses of the Georgian and Victorian fan.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £650 including a George Armfield hunting scene

08 June 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a George Armfield hunting scene.

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