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.

Phillip Segal toys

Hey Diddle Diddle – the toy bid over the moon

16 July 2024

The range of nursery rhyme and sporting figures made by Phillip Segal Toys are among the most desirable of all hollowcast lead ‘civilians’.

Sotheby’s Global Fine Art team

Movers & Shakers: the latest art and antiques appointments including a shake-up in Sotheby's fine art team

15 July 2024

Changes to Sotheby's Global Fine Art leadership team feature among the latest recruitment, promotions and business updates


Illustration done on a grand scale: fantastic fish watercolours from naturalist Sarah Bowdich Lee

15 July 2024

Naturalist produced a fish-focused work featuring nearly 3000 original watercolours across 50 copies


British silver pieces from renowned Texas collection on offer

15 July 2024

New Orleans dealership MS Rau has acquired 222 pieces of English silver from the collection of Texan businessman Billy Joe ‘Red’ McCombs (1927-2023).


The Japanese prints spoils of a seasoned bidder

15 July 2024

Collector never seemed to give up in a battle to win more magnificent ukiyo-e works


Poetry work that awakened the genius of John Keats

15 July 2024

Only 29 books from the library of John Keats are recorded - among them a 1679 printing of the collected works of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser given to him by the artist Joseph Severn (1793-1879).


Largest ever dinosaur skeleton at auction expected to fetch up to €5m

12 July 2024

Apatosaurus known as 'Vulcain' is to be offered at auction in Paris in November

Napoleon Pistol

Pistols Napoleon wanted to use on himself make £1.4m

09 July 2024

The pistols were presented by Napoleon to his friend and Grand Ecuyer Armand de Caulaincourt to thank him for his loyalty


Original Harry Potter artwork takes a magical $1.6m result

08 July 2024

The original artwork for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' sold at Sotheby’s for $1.6m (£1.3m) plus 20% buyer’s premium in New York on June 26.


Classic Chinese sleeper as table soars to 300 times the low estimate

08 July 2024

A recent sale of Asian art at Marques Dos Santos (19/17.48% buyer’s premium) in Porto included a classic Chinese sleeper.


Chinese jar at 410 times the low estimate

08 July 2024

There was saleroom drama at Aste di Antiquariato Boetto (25% buyer’s premium) in Genoa on June 19 when a 12in (30cm) Chinese blue and white jar estimated at €2000-2300 shot to €820,000 (£692,000).


Teapot serves to show Thai silver skills

08 July 2024

A fine example of Thai silversmithing sold well above its estimate for €17,000 (£14,400) at Historia Auctionata (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Berlin on June 19. The 9in (23cm) parcel gilt and niello pumpkin-form tea kettle probably dated from the 1870s.


Prime-period Zsolnay shines in Munich auction

08 July 2024

Selection of items by the Hungarian family firm date from most in-demand era of production


Scarpa’s brush with success

08 July 2024

The Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-78) designed for Venini from 1932-47, creating around 30 different ranges.


Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze seals a sensational price

08 July 2024

Concept Art Gallery (22% buyer’s premium) in Pittsburgh enjoyed a sensational result on June 8.


Harry Davis polar bears on the prowl in the US

08 July 2024

Three Royal Worcester vases on offer were all painted by the versatile decorator


Hours and hours of fresco fun

08 July 2024

The subject of this massive Italian micromosaic panel is taken from the lost series of frescoes depicting the Hours of Day and Night by Raphael.


Sporting approach to the Paris Olympics

06 July 2024

Most Parisian galleries are going away for the summer but one hardy soul is holding an Olympic exhibition

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Medals from an Anzac war hero take 30 times top estimate at auction

04 July 2024

How the personal story of an Anzac war hero boosted the value of a common group of medals offered at auction to 30 times the top estimate.

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Princess Diana clothes given royal send-off at Beverly Hills auction

03 July 2024

In what was the largest curated collection of her personal items since 1997, dresses, hats, shoes and personal letters were all up for grabs at Julien’s.