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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Sherlock’s brother detected in Arthur Conan Doyle autograph manuscript

29 August 2022

Making its third appearance at auction in almost 60 years, the 34pp autograph manuscript of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter’, a tale from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes collection of his stories that first appeared in The Strand magazine in 1893, has sold for $280,000 (£236,090) in Dallas.

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Arthur Rackham rarity bound to please

29 August 2022

A 1914 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland proved one of the principal attractions in a July 26 sale held by Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium).

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Strong demand for anti-slavery objects

29 August 2022

Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particular strong moment in the market as museums at home and in the US seek to fill holes in collections vulnerable to the label ‘pale, male and stale’.

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Victory parade in figure form

29 August 2022

The Crimean War inspired many Staffordshire flatback figures - including this rare model made to mark the end of the conflict in 1856.

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Angling for Worcester teapot

29 August 2022

This Worcester teapot, offered for sale at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne, dates from the first decade of factory production: c.1755-57.

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Fine Welsh porcelain consigned by Joseph family

29 August 2022

A recent Welsh Sale, conducted by Rogers Jones (24/15% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff included a consignment of Swansea and Nantgarw that came by descent from the preeminent Welsh porcelain collector Sir Leslie Joseph.

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Coleridge collection up for sale at Bellmans

29 August 2022

Bellmans is selling the collection of Anthony and Marietta Coleridge on September 7-8.

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Rare autograph of England’s first-ever football captain emerges at auction

29 August 2022

Two sporting ‘firsts’ are being marked by lots coming up in separate auctions this month.

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Christie’s auction of $1bn Paul Allen collection could be the largest in history

27 August 2022

An unprecedented collection of art belonging to the late Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, could break records as it goes under the hammer at Christie’s.

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Contents from Arkwright family home consigned to Bonhams

23 August 2022

The contents of Kinsham Court, the Herefordshire home of the Arkwright family, will be offered at Bonhams in October.

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Life is grand with a string of contents sales

22 August 2022

A raft of contents sales from grand English estates is coming up this autumn.

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Rare Jacobite goblet receives an £8000 toast in Edinburgh auction

22 August 2022

The sale of Scottish Works of Art & Whisky at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 17 included this remarkable mid-18th century Jacobite goblet.

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Pick of the week: Sketchbook strikes saleroom gold

22 August 2022

A previously unknown sketchbook of watercolours and drawings relating to the California Gold Rush took £16,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions.

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Lot attracts high level of interest thanks to tempting Titanic lunch menu

22 August 2022

The highlight of the latest maritime sale at Adam Partridge in Liverpool was a collection of 40 menus for dinners held between 1899-1919 in honour of various British and foreign dignitaries.

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‘Lisbon Lions’ link makes the difference to result

22 August 2022

In its catalogue notes for the July 22 Scottish Greats: Football, Golf, Fishing and more sale, McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) was careful to say regarding a football shirt on offer that it could give no guarantee it was exactly as billed.

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Brueghel the Younger makes merry among just 20 lots

22 August 2022

Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London was the smallest in terms of the number of lots that anyone could remember at one of these flagship summer events.

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‘Manner of Solario’ work ready for restoration project

22 August 2022

A portrait of a young man once thought to be a self-portrait by the Milanese artist Andrea Solario (1460-1524) attracted keen enquiries ahead of sale.

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Gentleman now from ‘circle of de Critz’

22 August 2022

Among a number of Old Master portraits on offer in Cambridge is a depiction of a gentleman that has been consigned from a private collection in Suffolk.

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Roman marble busts from the Finches

22 August 2022

On November 9-10 Sworders will conduct an auction of objects from the collection of pioneering dealer Jan Ellen Finch (1952-2021) of Finch & Co.

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Passenger’s unpublished account of pioneering round-the-world trip surfaces in a saleroom

22 August 2022

In the years 1881-82, the Rev William Essery was for many months a passenger on the SS Ceylon.

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