International

About 80% of the global art market by value takes place outside the UK. The largest art market in the world is the US with China in third place (after the UK) followed by France, Germany and Switzerland.

Many more nations have a rich art and antiques heritage with active auction, dealer, fair, gallery and museum sectors even if their market size by value is smaller.

Read the top stories and latest art and antiques news from all these countries.

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Rediscovered French Renaissance bronze nude to be revealed at Paris auction

22 February 2020

A rare example of a newly discovered bronze by a French Renaissance sculptor will be making an appearance at the rostrum on April 1 in Paris.

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New faces and organisations - the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

20 February 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including at Lyon & Turnbull , Sotheby’s France and Catherine Southon.

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Coronavirus: more Asian art sales shelved as Bonhams and Sotheby’s postpone auctions

17 February 2020

Bonhams and Sotheby’s have joined Christie’s in postponing their March New York Asian art auctions due to the spread of coronavirus.

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Whiskey mirrors galore reflect high demand

17 February 2020

The first specialist pub memorabilia sale of the year held by Co Cavan auction house Victor Mee (19% buyer’s premium) showed no drying up of demand in a lively market niche.

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A toast to claret and beer drinking vessels at New York sale

17 February 2020

Beer was the preferred beverage of all classes in 16th century England and much of it was drunk from imported Rhenish salt-glazed stoneware.

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Moving promotion as automaton advertising panels head to auction

17 February 2020

A collection of automaton advertising panels formed by two dedicated enthusiasts over a 20-year period will go under the hammer on March 12 at Drouot in Paris in a sale mounted by Auction Art Rémy le Fur.

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction

17 February 2020

The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.

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Betty Seeler’s botanical wares sold in New Jersey auction

17 February 2020

The collection of the late Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Seeler comprising the contents of her home in Forest Hill Gardens went under the hammer at Millea Bros (25% buyer’s premium) in New Jersey on January 30.

British and Irish book auctions: February 18-March 4, 2020

17 February 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Armour from Susquehanna collection draws international demand to Pennsylvania sale

17 February 2020

A 16th century composite suit of armour that had been assembled by a specialist curator in this field at the Metropolitan Museum of Art proved to be the toast of a sale held by Morphy.

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Stieglitz’s African spoons emerge at Sotheby's

17 February 2020

In 1914 Western interest in African art was in its infancy. When these two wooden anthropomorphic spoons were shown as part of an exhibition of African wood statuary at the photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s New York gallery in that year it represented a key moment.

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French sculptor Louis Hottot's bronze of an exotic musician triples estimate

17 February 2020

A sale at Oise Enchères yielded a strong price for a bronze by the French sculptor Louis Hottot (1829-1905).

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‘High crimes and misdemeanors’ – Rare copy of first US impeachment resolution offered at Bonhams

14 February 2020

An original copy of the first impeachment resolution against US president Andrew Johnson has emerged at auction.

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Bonhams and Sotheby's latest to reschedule Asian art auctions after spread of coronavirus

11 February 2020

Bonhams and Sotheby's have postponed Asian art auctions during New York’s Asia Week until June.

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French celebration of the US at latest The Winter Show

10 February 2020

Across the pond in New York, the trade kicked off the year with the major international fair The Winter Show.

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Portrait of Napoleon’s sister sells in New York

10 February 2020

This large and imposing portrait of Pauline Bonaparte, the younger sister of Napoleon, sold for$310,000 (£238,700) in New York last week.

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Cultural heritage trafficking is in decline, says dealer association report

10 February 2020

The reported trafficking of cultural heritage objects is small and in decline, according to analysis by the IADAA (International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art).

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Märklin pioneer plane offered at auction in Germany

10 February 2020

This clockwork monoplane manufactured by Märklin in 1914 was one of numerous early 20th century tin toys made by German manufacturers to celebrate the achievements of the early pioneers of flight.

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George III mug makes the Maine attraction

10 February 2020

Among the ceramics to be included in the Thomaston Place Winter Auction to be held in Maine from February 28-March 1, is this 2½in (6.25cm) high English George III period earthenware mug.

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Strong supply of Wedgwood and Staffordshire among English ceramics at Boston sale

10 February 2020

A good range of 18th and 19th century English ceramics is included in Skinner’s February 14 sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston.

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