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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Buyer sought for auction house Wright Marshall

27 June 2019

The parent company of Wright Marshall Fine Art Auctioneers is in administration and a search for a new owner is under way.

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Complete set of classic Art Deco-style vintage travel posters by Tom Purvis for sale at auction for the first time

27 June 2019

A rare opportunity to buy a whole set of one of the most popular Art Deco-style travel posters ever produced is coming up at auction on July 12.

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Rediscovered Velázquez portrait of one of the 17th century’s most powerful women comes to auction at Sotheby’s

25 June 2019

A portrait by Spanish master Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) last recorded in 1724 is to be offered with a £2m-£3m estimate.

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Art and antiques from the collection of Landmark Trust founders Sir John and Lady Smith come to auction in Gloucestershire

25 June 2019

A collection of art and antiques from the late Sir John and Lady Smith carries an estimate of £50,000-100,000 ahead of its auction at Chorley’s in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.

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Star Wars Tie Bomber toy found untouched in Leicestershire attic makes 10 times estimate at Hansons auction

24 June 2019

The force was strong with a sale of Star Wars toys at Hansons of Derbyshire last week as 90 lots fetched a hammer total of £24,000.

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Activist investor Loeb kicked off the push for change at Sotheby's

24 June 2019

The offer price from Patrick Drahi represents a premium of 61% to Sotheby’s closing price on June 14 and a 56.3% premium to the company’s 30-day average share price.

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Patrick Drahi: telecom magnate and a man of the world

24 June 2019

The 55-year-old media and telecoms entrepreneur and enthusiastic art collector Patrick Drahi has made an offer to buy Sotheby's via his BidFair USA company in a $3.7bn deal.

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Impressionist and Modern auctions are on the sluggish side

24 June 2019

The latest sales of Impressionist & Modern art in London put in a mixed performance.

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Going, going, private… Sotheby’s could compete on level terms with Christie’s – once it quits stock exchange

24 June 2019

Art market insiders are expecting a dramatic change in the dynamic at the top end of the sector if a remarkable $3.7bn bid to buy Sotheby’s completes this year.

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Stanley Gibbons Group says Mallett claim now resolved

24 June 2019

Stamp and coin dealership Stanley Gibbons Group is due to receive £850,000 to resolve “all outstanding claims involving certain former directors of Mallett”, it announced on June 14.

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Tompion ‘Q Clock’ takes £1.6m in London at Bonhams auction

24 June 2019

A clock made for King William and Queen Mary by Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) was hammered down for £1.6m atThe Clive Collection of Exceptional Clockssale on June 19 at Bonhams.

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Time for a shipshape gathering for members of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers

24 June 2019

Auctioneers from across the UK attend trade association SOFAA's biennial yacht club dinner.

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Chinese Qing dynasty musical automaton clock – an amalgam of ingenuity and technical prowess – fetches over £1m at auction

24 June 2019

A Chinese musical automaton clock sailed over the £1m mark when it came up for sale at the Drouot auction centre in Paris.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Italian Art Nouveau cabinet, a Minton tortoise teapot and a signed Harry Potter book

24 June 2019

With estimates from £50-12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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‘Chameleon’ artist revealed in London

24 June 2019

With an infamous lack of a ‘signature’ look, Northern Irish painter Colin Middleton (1910-83) is something of an art historical chameleon.

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Timed to perfection

24 June 2019

The success of timed online auctions for London’s big auction houses is putting the format on the map for other salerooms too.

Timed online: your questions answered

24 June 2019

ATG asked practitioners to explain the ins and outs of this increasingly popular auction format.

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Carved coral Tripani adviser

24 June 2019

Italy – or more specifically Sicily – came up trumps for Stamford auction house Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) in the form of this 4½in (11cm) carved coral and copper-gilt urn and cover.

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Format gives access to a new audience

24 June 2019

Sotheby’s is showing a growing commitment to the timed-online format.

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Cohray’s handmade modernism

24 June 2019

In the 1950s French designer Raymond Cohen and his firm Cohray were producing a range of ultra-modern furniture that – although made for the machine age – were all put together by hand.

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