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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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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Affordable art: three works priced under £800 including a mini-sleeper at an Essex auction

21 December 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including a mini-sleeper at an Essex auction.

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Hat pins hit the spot at auction

21 December 2018

High-priced luxury handbags and other luxury goods made the most money at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sale of Costume, Accessories and Textiles at Leyburn but collectors’ interest was more focused on a private collection of hat pins.

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Wanderings in the Irish market

21 December 2018

A copy of WB Yeats’ The Wanderings of Oisin… offered in a recent Irish sale was an example of Fisher Unwin’s 1892 second issue. That is rare enough, but this copy bore an inscription that made it very special indeed.

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Remarkable Donne poems discovery

21 December 2018

A notable feature of the end-of-year book sales in 2018 was the number of online auctions held by the major salerooms.

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Modern firsts make high prices in a packed sale

21 December 2018

Packed with a varied selection of precisely 1000 lots, a very thick catalogue rounded off one saleroom’s year in a December 11-12 sale.

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Harry Potter: two lots demonstrate the value of a signature and the difference between pristine and scruffy copies

21 December 2018

Showing hardly any signs of wear and signed by JK Rowling – and originally acquired at a special signing at Harrods, as revealed by a laid-in ticket – a near pristine first issue copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' of 1997, appeared at auction earlier this month.

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Anglo-Saxon binding cornerpiece is full of value

21 December 2018

Illuminated manuscript sales of recent times will be the subject of a future review, but seen here is something a little different in that line offered as the very first lot in a December 1 sale of such material held by Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Dealer Peter Petrou to offer collection of works at Christie’s

20 December 2018

The well-known works of art dealer Peter Petrou is offering 150 lots from his eclectic collection at Christie’s in a dedicated sale on January 30.

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Handbags at a new dawn as Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag makes £190,000

20 December 2018

The Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag is often described as the most desirable handbag in the world. And so it proved earlier this month when an example set an auction record for a handbag sold in Europe.

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One of those days in the saleroom as early Pink Floyd concert posters make thousands of pounds

18 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of mid-Sixties Pink Floyd designs.

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Count Basie by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Mod Brit art from Cumbrian collector to be auctioned at Sworders in Essex

17 December 2018

A single-owner private collection, including significant works by artists from the Modern British canon, will be sold at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on January 15.

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Viennese fancies: £440,000 for gold-mounted Du Paquier tureen

17 December 2018

A lavish Viennese gold-mounted porcelain tureen and stand – the epitome of Habsburg court luxury during the reign of the Holy Roman emperor Charles VI – topped Bonhams’ Fine European Ceramics sale in London on December 6.

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Pick of the week: Precocious Pugin showcased by Windsor Castle work aged 15

17 December 2018

A table designed by a teenaged Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for Windsor Castle sold for £23,500 (plus 21% buyer’s premium) at Gorringe’s of Lewes on December 4.

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Penguin pattie for you, sir? Ernest Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition menu comes to auction

17 December 2018

Penguin patties, seal cutlets and roast reindeer – and lots of whisky – were on the menu for a famous meal which was followed by ‘Sledges at 12.30’.

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Penguin patties and seal cutlets on the menu of the British Antarctic Expedition midwinter feast now up at auction in remarkable archive

17 December 2018

Penguin patties, seal cutlets and roast reindeer - and lots of whisky - were on the menu for a famous midwinter celebration meal, followed by ‘Sledges at 12.30’.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Marx Brothers photo and a Eric Ravilious bowl

17 December 2018

With estimates from £200-£2000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Sewing boxes head to new homes and chess set checks in

17 December 2018

The two sewing boxes modelled as houses shown below were made for different markets but both had strong appeal to UK collectors.

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Detective fiction trailblazer equals Edgar Allan Poe record

17 December 2018

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of the Marie Roget’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’ are among now famous works that are to be found in the newly discovered first issue copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales shown below.

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