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.

Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick

Candlestick becomes most expensive Islamic metalwork

01 November 2021

This exceptional Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick has become the most expensive Islamic metalwork sold at auction.

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Auction house earns praise as fair venue

01 November 2021

The Northern Antiques Fair looks set to move permanently from Harrogate following a successful first outing at Tennants auction house complex.

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St Tropez scene by ‘The Fifth Colourist’ John Maclauchlan Milne catches the eye in Glasgow sale

01 November 2021

The artist John Maclauchlan Milne (1885-1957) is sometimes referred to as ‘The Fifth Colourist’ due to the way he followed in the Post-Impressionist tradition of fellow Scottish painters Peploe, Fergusson, Cadell and Hunter.

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The sevenpenny Churchill work

01 November 2021

Copies of the 1900, first edition of Winston Churchill’s novel Savrola have made as much as £3500 at auction.

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Small Peploe view of the Hebrides shines

01 November 2021

A small picture by a giant of the 20th century Scottish art market captivated both domestic and overseas buyers at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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Jack B Yeats trademark mix swirls in to lead Dublin sale

01 November 2021

Leading the latest Irish art sale at Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium) was a small work by market stalwart Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957).

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Telfer channels spirit of Peploe

01 November 2021

Your starter for 10 – can you identify the artist of these still-lifes? Samuel Peploe, right?

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Hunter catches the eye in a Colourist selection

01 November 2021

Works by the Scottish Colourists led the day as expected at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Scottish art sale in Edinburgh but the slightly muted demand that emerged meant it was not always plain sailing.

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Strahan bed potted by eagle-eyed bidders

01 November 2021

The frame to this Irish mahogany day bed with its bold paw feet and eagle uprights bears both the Strahan name and number stamp as well as an original paper trade label.

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Special Peploe spotlight at Lyon & Turnbull next month

01 November 2021

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935), Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auction on December 9 will have a special focus on the artist.

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Husband-and-wife Henrys in harmony at Whyte’s

01 November 2021

The last 18 months has produced something of a resurgence in the market for Paul Henry (1876-1958).

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Anglo-Saxon coins come to auction via caravan and bank vault

01 November 2021

An “extremely rare” gold Thrymsa, or shilling, dating from 640-660 and minted in Northumbria or York, was the highlight of a pensioner’s collection of Anglo-Saxon coins sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) on October 3.

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Scottish buyer secures Raeburn portrait from Lowood House

01 November 2021

Among the Scottish pictures catching the eye at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale of contents from Lowood House near Melrose was a half-length portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).

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Carpenter’s hits include chart toppers

01 November 2021

Antarctic maps take highest prices in collection relating to key Terra Nova crew member

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Alan Turing’s letter on the likelihood of success in a casino strikes big win at Bonhams

01 November 2021

Letter from cryptology expert describes his analysis of a Monte Carlo betting system

Lalique dragonfly pendant

Lalique jewellery takes flight

01 November 2021

Naturally inspired creations underline the renowned designer’s range of talents

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Fossils fuel interest in 19th century microscope slides

01 November 2021

A group of early 19th century microscope slides mounted with specimens of fossilised wood sold for £11,500 (estimate £1000-1500) to a Canadian private collector at Special Auction Services (25% buyer’s premium) in Newbury.

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Musical monkey business proves an attractive ensemble

01 November 2021

Eye-catching and ear-pleasing, this early example of a monkey chamber orchestra musical automaton picture was one of the star performers at Tennants’ (20% buyer premium) Scientific and Musical Instruments sale.

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Auction house Tennants hailed as great northern fair venue

01 November 2021

The Northern Antiques Fair looks set to move permanently from Harrogate following a successful first outing at the new venue of the Tennants auction house complex in Leyburn.

William Shakespeare’s Third Folio

Rare copy of William Shakespeare’s Third Folio stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

29 October 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a copy of William Shakespeare’s Third Folio that more than tripled its estimate.

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