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.

The Yamanaka reticulated vase

Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ emerges at Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

The pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ – knocked down at £43m in 2010 but later sold for half of that sum – is to come to market. Sotheby’s will sell the near identical vase, that has a century-long provenance, in Hong Kong in the autumn.

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US and UK trade unite to oppose 25% tariff threat in Trump's trade war

13 August 2018

Dealers and auctioneers in the US and UK are mobilising in the hope of removing works of art from the thousands of items caught up in the escalating US-China trade war.

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Sotheby’s expands New York space by a third

13 August 2018

Renovation project under way in Manhattan will provide ‘powerful marketing advantage for consignors’

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US 'library theft' case postponed until October

13 August 2018

The hearing in the case of two men accused of a massive US library theft has been postponed until October 12.

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Extensive collection from Long Island home lifts Nye & Company sale

13 August 2018

A consignment of items from the Long Island home of the de Forest family provided many of the best-sellers in a two-day auction held by Nye & Company (25% buyer’s premium) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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Cricketers bowl up at Aussie sale

13 August 2018

The strong suit in the extensive cricket section of Abacus Auctions’ (18% buyer’s premium) Sporting Memorabilia sale in Melbourne on July 22 proved to be a collection of early 20th century autographed real photo postcards of test cricketers that were offered individually.

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Micromosaic panel heads to Maine auction

13 August 2018

A 19th century Italian oval micromosaic framed panel will feature in the mammoth August 25-26 sale at Thomaston Place Galleries in Maine.

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Comment: Trade is putting up a good fight against Trump’s tariff

13 August 2018

The US-China trade war, previously the stuff of new technology, heavy industry and agribusiness, has now opened a new front: cultural heritage. The threat of a 25% tariff on imported Chinese art and antiques will soon be discussed in Washington, DC.

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19th century rarity may produce some magic at Chicago sale

13 August 2018

Potter & Potter, specialist in auctions of magic memorabilia, is holding its summer sale in Chicago on August 25.

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Bronze statue of French 'boy king' comes to Pennsylvania

13 August 2018

A two-day sale devoted to works of American and international interest is scheduled for September 14-15 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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New premises in Melbourne for Sotheby’s Australia

13 August 2018

Sotheby’s Australia has moved to new premises in the ‘Paris End’ of Melbourne.

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Mealy’s Fine Art ceases trading after 84 years in Kilkenny

13 August 2018

One of Ireland’s leading provincial auction houses, Mealy’s Fine Art of Castlecomer, County Kilkenny, has ceased trading after 84 years.

 Sumerian antiquities

Ancient antiquities seized from dealer returned to Iraq after British Museum research

10 August 2018

Eight Sumerian antiquities seized by the Metropolitan Police from a London dealer in 2003 are to be returned to Iraq after identification by the British Museum.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi: Christie’s refutes Oxford academic’s opinion challenging attribution to Leonardo

09 August 2018

Auctioneers Christie’s have refuted the view expressed by Oxford academic Dr Matthew Landrus that Salvator Mundi should be attributed to one of Leonardo’s assistants rather than the master himself.

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Egypt recovers Islamic manuscript spotted in Bonhams auction

09 August 2018

A rare Islamic manuscript consigned to a Bonhams auction in London has been returned to Egypt in the latest example of Egyptian authorities succeeding in retrieving artefacts from abroad.

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Ceramics and glass collection leads inaugural sale at new Australian auction house Gibson's

08 August 2018

The collection of a man described as “a passionate supporter of the decorative arts” will feature in the inaugural sale at a new Melbourne saleroom.

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Tribal art from banker and collector Adolphe Stoclet’s famous Brussels residence consigned to Christie’s

08 August 2018

Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949) made his fortune as a banker, heading the Société Générale de Belgique, which allowed him to indulge a passion for fine art and music.

Auctioneer George Mealy

End of an era in Irish auctioneering as Mealy’s Fine Art closes its doors

07 August 2018

One of Ireland’s leading provincial auctioneers, Mealy’s Fine Art of Castlecomer, County Kilkenny, has ceased to trade after 84 years as its principal, George Mealy Snr, has decided to retire from auctioneering.

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Sotheby’s latest figures show sales up but profit margins lower than expected

06 August 2018

Sotheby’s made more sales but at lower margins in the first half of 2018 according to its latest financial results.

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UK books trade on alert after US library theft

06 August 2018

Rare books and prints valued at millions of dollars remain at large in the international market in the wake of a US library theft.

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