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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Phwoarrrr - first ever Viz comic comes up for sale

07 November 2020

Fat Sod, Skinhead, Colin the Amiable Crocodile and Victor Pratt the Stupid Twat were introduced to the public in the form of a comic offered in a Newcastle pub in December 1979.

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1930s petrol pump globe stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

06 November 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Dominion petrol pump globe from c.1937 that sold five-times over estimate in Chippenham.

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Online trading and working behind closed doors during lockdown get the green light

04 November 2020

The government has confirmed that art and antiques businesses in England will be able to continue trading behind closed doors during the new lockdown.

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Art and antiques businesses in England start making lockdown plans

03 November 2020

While waiting for full details of government guidance on the new lockdown in England starting from Thursday November 5, art and antiques businesses have been announcing their plans for the coming months.

Drouot closes again as Paris locks down

02 November 2020

Paris auction centre Hôtel Drouot has been forced to close its premises after French president Emmanuel Macron announced a second national lockdown.

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Imps & Mods sales are slimmer affairs but with high selling rates

02 November 2020

The latest evening sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary art held at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9 buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) in New York produced very high-selling rates but they were somewhat slimmer affairs than the normal run of sales in this category.

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Remembering the Great War’s ‘first black officer’

02 November 2020

A First World War ‘dead man’s penny’ memorial plaque awarded to a soldier believed to be the first black officer commissioned into a British army regiment during the conf lict and the first black officer casualty is coming up at auction.

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Illuminating an African royal dynasty in India

02 November 2020

An early 19th century royal manuscript produced for the Nawab of Sachin, c.1830, was given the Antiques Trade Gazette prize for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from an Auction House when the annual Asian Art in London awards were announced last week.

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Serving the nation – the Pitt family china

02 November 2020

A Chinese export dinner service used in the home of three Georgian prime ministers comes for sale this week as part of Asian Art in London.

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Christie's hope for a big hit with Boycott's ‘100th 100’ bat

02 November 2020

Christie’s is staging a sale of cricketing memorabilia from the collection of Sir Geoffrey Boycott in a timed online sale that closes on November 16.

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An Italian Renaissance plaquette and a paperback first edition of The Hobbit are among the four lots to watch at auction this week

02 November 2020

With estimates from £300-60,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Squirrell catches the eye in Essex and Cambridge auctions

02 November 2020

Leonard Squirrell (1893-1979) is most associated with East Anglia, producing a significant body of rural scenes of Suffolk and Norfolk as well as cityscapes of Norwich and Ipswich.

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Omega Seamaster with diving history consigned to Woolley & Wallis

02 November 2020

This Omega Seamaster 300, c.1967, has been consigned for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on November 17-18 by a career member of the Royal Engineers.

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Comics: Spider-Man and Fantastic Four thrill bidders

02 November 2020

Spider-Man has made a couple of successful appearances in recent UK sales.

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Zenith chronometer with elegant and award-winning movement makes over 30-times estimate in Exeter

02 November 2020

This Zenith chronometer dating from c.1954 is powered by a calibre 135 movement which is widely considered to be the most elegant manual wind movement ever made.

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Condition counts for sugar box

02 November 2020

In family ownership for several generations, this 27oz Charles II sugar box was described by Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) as “in an exceptional state of preservation, with hardly any sign of wear and no damage or repair worthy of note”.

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Dr Who and Ninjak originals sold at Comic Book Auctions

02 November 2020

Shown here are two of the higher-priced lots from a timed online Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Example of first Heuer skipper model sells at Fellows

02 November 2020

The Skipper Carrera Ref 7753/54, nicknamed the Skiperrera, was the first of the Heuer skipper models and a trophy lot in the collecting sphere.

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Caterpillar Club races to record

02 November 2020

Gold pin awarded to Second World War Polish pilot later executed after the Great Escape

ATG letter: Thanks for referrals – but not the valuations please

02 November 2020

MADAM – As a provincial auction house, we are more than happy to accept for sale many of those objects that have been rejected by the bigger auction companies. Furthermore, we are grateful for the occasional referral we receive from such auction companies, when items do not reach their value threshold.

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