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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Origin of Species takes record result in US sale

24 June 2019

Uncut and partially unopened, a truly exceptional presentation copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species… sold for a record $400,000 (£316,353) in a recent US sale.

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Esther Scroll with £25,000 golden touch

24 June 2019

Topping by some way an offering of 300 pieces of jewellery at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh sale was a Persian gold and niello decorated Esther Scroll holder.

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Tyneside ceramics hero – and footballer

24 June 2019

Ceramics commemorating the coronation of Edward VIII are less rare than often supposed, having been produced in abundance before the coronation was aborted. Most bring relatively small sums.

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Boar binding brings a bard connection

24 June 2019

A poet and dramatist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was once considered by many to be the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Flower power at Paris auction

24 June 2019

Asian auction series now take place around the world throughout the year in the major centres of the art market. Paris held its latest staging this month at the beginning of the French capital’s Temps Fort or high season.

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Thumb nails Hawkings at four figures

24 June 2019

Bearing a thumbprint on the title-page – along with a note by a secretary, Susan Macey, witnessing it as genuine – a 1988 UK edition of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief of History of Time… was estimated at £200-400 but sold for £3000 in a May 30 sale.

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Sofa table suited to current tastes

24 June 2019

Other than davenports, few pieces of functional antique furniture fell farther down the price ladder during the slump than sofa tables but the examples here bucked the fashion at Moore Allen & Innocent (20% buyer’s premium) of Cirencester.

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Fur flies in taxidermy oddity

24 June 2019

‘Boxing Badgers’ is one of just two known occasions when the celebrated taxidermist Peter Spicer (1839-1935) ventured into the strange world of the anthropomorphic tableau.

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Howard comfortably unearthed

24 June 2019

Featuring in the same two-day auction as a £7000 cache of Beatrix Potter ephemera found in a Cumbrian Victorian villa which had made national headlines, this less-heralded sofa impressed at 1818 Auctioneers (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Single buyer reunites second Dandy and jumping frog toy

24 June 2019

Pictured here is the front page of the scarce second issue of Dandy, published in January 1937, along with an even rarer example of the jumping frog toy that was given away with the comic as a promotion.

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Bid Barometer

24 June 2019

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period June 13-19, 2019. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Brass bound to sell

24 June 2019

The fitted interior of this William & Mary casket, below, was later but its fine brass-bound marquetry exterior with hidden lock mechanism made it the most eye-catching lot at Mallams’ (22.5% buyer’s premium) auction in Cheltenham on June 6.

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Beethoven relic locks in an £28,000 result

24 June 2019

Locks of Beethoven’s hair are known to have been taken from the composer on his deathbed in 1827, but an earlier and substantial sample featured in a recent London sale. Sold for £28,000 at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £12,000-15,000, it is certainly a well-documented souvenir.

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‘First flag on Omaha Beach’ sold in the US

24 June 2019

The first American flag believed to have been planted on Omaha Beach in northern France on D-Day proved to be the top lot in Heritage’s (25% buyer’s premium) Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction on June 9.

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East meets West in £11,500 cabinet

24 June 2019

The resurgent interest in quality Japanese material and the slower revival of English furniture were both evident in a cabinet on stand sold at West Sussex auction house Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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On the gradual road to recovery

24 June 2019

Irish art market makes a sedate journey back to strength as local buyers dominate.

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Sale of dealer’s collection of African art led by rare mask at Sotheby’s

22 June 2019

Sotheby’s chalked up a premium-inclusive total of just under €11.5m (£10.25m) when it sold the Marceau Rivière collection of African art in Paris.

Chinese huanghuali armchairs

Tiffany brooch, George Chinnery drawing and Chinese ‘official's hat’ chairs – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

21 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Tiffany tiger orchid brooch and a pair of Chinese huanghuali armchairs of a type often called ‘official's hat’ chairs.

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Vincent van Gogh gun

Van Gogh’s ‘suicide’ gun sells for €130,000 at auction in Paris

19 June 2019

The gun believed to be the weapon used by Vincent van Gogh to shoot himself in the summer of 1890 was knocked down at an €130,000 (£116,070) at auction in Paris.

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