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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Record price for an IKEA item... made before its flat-pack fame

22 November 2021

A world away from the flat-pack furniture so familiar today, a Mid-century armchair has sold for what is believed to be a record price for IKEA.

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Private collections prominent in flagship New York sales

22 November 2021

Two big-name sources – the Cox collection and the Macklowe collection – lead the way as Modern and Contemporary art market shows recovery from pandemic impact

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Domenico Gnoli painting stars in single-lot sale at Millon

22 November 2021

On December 2, as part of its So Unique series launched in April, Millon holding a single-lot sale in Paris of a painting by the Italian artist Domenico Gnoli (1933-70) which has been in a private collection for over 45 years.

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Sleek Printz designs from Casablanca villa up for auction

22 November 2021

A group of sleek Deco furnishings designed in the 1930s by Eugène Printz (1879-1948) for a villa in Casablanca went under the hammer at Briscadieu (23% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Bordeaux.

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Wedgwood fairyland tale in New York

22 November 2021

Rounding off the Wedgwood section of Skinner’s December 3 auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts is a small selection of Fairyland lustre ware.

Fair dates for the diary as La Biennale and BRAFA both return

22 November 2021

La Biennale fair opens in Paris this week at the Grand Palais Ephémère and runs from November 26-December 5.

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Silver: give it a swirl in Paris

22 November 2021

A collection of silver assembled over half a century by a Brussels general practitioner with a passion for 18th century French silver is to be offered for sale by Dupont & Associés, Morlaix Enchères, at Drouot in Paris on December 6.

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Presidential importance boosts US lots

22 November 2021

Running to just 20 or so words, a tiny signed card in which Abraham Lincoln instructs Edwin Stanton to meet with the African-American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany in Washington led the bidding at Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) on September 23.

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Sale highlights as Fine Arts Paris fair returns to action

22 November 2021

Fine Arts Paris, which returned for a physical staging at the Carrousel du Louvre after an online-only event last year, closed its doors on November 11 with the 55 exhibitors enjoying sales from museums and private collectors.

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Talent-spotter Feigen in focus

22 November 2021

Group of works from the late US dealer’s collection demonstrates his wide range of interests.

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How to buy Mona Lisa for €210,000

22 November 2021

Leonardo Da Vinci’s work has long held a fascination, as a near-contemporaneous copy confirms

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Spode collection offered in Australia

22 November 2021

On December 2 Australian auction firm Shapiro will be offering the collection of Spode blue and white earthenwares assembled over the past 25 years by Russell Brooks. The majority were purchased in first 15 years mainly in England but also in Australia.

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Duo join the Hindman team

22 November 2021

Hindman Auctions has appointed Christine Broski to oversee business development in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region.

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US Constitution copy takes $41m at New York auction 

19 November 2021

A hedge fund billionaire has outbid a group of crowdfunded cryptocurrency fans for a copy of the US Constitution and has agreed to loan it to a museum.

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Fabergé T-Rex soars at sale thanks to ATG advert

15 November 2021

A rare Fabergé jade carving of a Tyrannosaurus Rex emerged for sale at a US regional auction house to sell for $65,000 (£50,000).

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Royal connection: King Oscar's telephone at auction

15 November 2021

Guaranteed to attract attention at science and technical antiques specialist Auction Team Breker on November 6 was this remarkable Ericsson telephone.

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ATG letter: Brexit means the correct tariff code and full commercial invoice is crucial when posting

15 November 2021

I have been a collector of early old Sheffield plate of the first period, for more than 50 years, and continue to buy at online UK auctions. I am resident in France.

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Meissen decorated in Kakiemon style offered in Germany

15 November 2021

Metz auction house will feature plenty of pieces of Meissen among the ceramics in its sale to be held in Heidelberg from December 9-11.

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Title winners: named services attract extra interest for European ceramics at auction

15 November 2021

Dessert plate taken to St Helena exile by Napoleon demonstrates provenance value

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Hermit plaque emerges in Kansas

15 November 2021

This KPM porcelain plaque will feature in Woody Auction’s next sale in Kansas on December 4.

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