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.

Manhattan skyline

New York City says no need to publicise lot guarantees

16 May 2022

Auction houses will no longer be legally required to publicise guarantees on artworks sold in New York City when a repeal of business regulations goes ahead next month.

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A Knibb golden opportunity: table clock emerges in German auction

16 May 2022

This Charles II ebony and silvermounted table clock by the London golden-age clockmaker Joseph Knibb (1640-1711) emerged for sale in Germany.

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Warhol and Degas auction records fall in US

16 May 2022

Christie’s flagship sales of Modern and Contemporary art in New York produced a running total of $1.25bn (£1.02m) including premium from four evening auctions last week.

Titian's The Penitent Magdalen

Vienna sale sets third-highest Titian price

16 May 2022

A late version of the Penitent Magdalen by Titian (c.1485- 1576) that surfaced at Austrian saleroom Dorotheum has sold for €4.1m (£3.5m).

Baccarat tantalus

Trunk and drunk at the same time for a party

16 May 2022

This remarkable Baccarat tantalus in the form of an elephant and howdah sold at Can$120,000 (£75,000) at an auction in Victoria, British Columbia.

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International hammer highlights: Manuscript strikes gold in New York

16 May 2022

Alchemical work is best-seller as Vishniac lots create a valuable mix in the saleroom

Chicago saleroom hits an all-time high for results

16 May 2022

In what was the auction house’s most successful sale ever in financial terms, and one that boasted a 97% selling rate, a March 4 sale at Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) was led at $65,000 (£49,240) by a 'Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen’s Captivity from the Time of his Being Taken by the British, near Montreal… in 1775, to the Time of his Exchange…in May 1778'.

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Questions of land and power in the early days of the US

16 May 2022

An historically significant document dating from 1785 and a previously unrecorded campaign handbill concerning the election that saw Thomas Jefferson become the third US president were highlights of a February 17 sale at Freeman’s (26/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Popeye toys: Collector who originally sold tank wanted it back so badly he paid a record price

16 May 2022

Specialist toy sales held in April on either side of the Atlantic have yielded some notable prices for items from two specific categories: toys relating to Popeye and a collection of toy boats.

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Two US previews including a collection of issues of The Marijuana Review

16 May 2022

Two upcoming lots at US book auctions.

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Comics sale was a knock-out success

16 May 2022

The six lots described here are drawn from a hugely successful sale of comics and comic art held in Dallas by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) over four days, from April 7-10.

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Indiana sale offers majolica marvels

16 May 2022

Strawser auction group holds a three-day sale series in Indiana on May 25 & 27-28.

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Fluttering around in Surinam

16 May 2022

Though it is the pineapple that is most prominent, it is the assortment of creatures that flutter around, climb or emerge from its leaves that are the principal attraction of this coloured plate, below.

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Fair offers avant-garde attractions

16 May 2022

A fair featuring books, posters, photographs, pictures and records covering Surrealism, counter culture and underground movements will take place in Paris this summer.

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Collecting classics: The market for books on political thought from Leviathan to Animal Farm

16 May 2022

If social media makes you feel like Big Brother is watching you, and if truth occasionally feels stranger than fiction, then like many bibliophiles you might be exploring books that suggest models for society and the role of the individual.

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Auction previews including two Second World War manuscript books

16 May 2022

A selection of 14 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and overseas.

CQD Life-Saving Medal

Titanic twists of fate: tale of two auction lots in the US and UK

11 May 2022

Fate played a cruel hand in the case of two Titanic passengers whose stories have come to light through recent auction lots.

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe picture sold at Christie's

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe makes second highest auction price of all time

10 May 2022

One of five different coloured versions of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe silkscreen from 1964 fetched the second highest auction price of all time when it sold at Christie’s New York last night.

Woolley & Wallis

New appointments and premises across the world of art and antiques

10 May 2022

New faces at Woolley & Wallis, Runjeet Singh and Freeman’s are among the latest Movers & Shakers.

Soapstone seal

Winning the seal of approval: Emperor’s stamp from Wou Kiuan collection brings £13m

09 May 2022

A soapstone seal used by the emperor Qianlong to express his approval of paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection sold at auction in Hong Kong for HK$131m (£13m) on April 29.

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