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.

EU Parliament

Fears over new import licence system as EU targets trade on illicit art

02 December 2016

Leading trade bodies are voicing concerns that a revised EU consultation into the illicit trafficking of antiquities could lead to a “burdensome” new import licence system.

Paul Verlaine revolver

Paul Verlaine’s revolver takes €360,000 at Christie’s in Paris

01 December 2016

One of the most famous firearms in French literary history has sold for €360,000 (£305,605) at Christie’s in Paris.

Judge

Judge hears challenge to California ivory law

01 December 2016

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has heard the legal arguments that challenge California’s uncompromising ban on the sale of practically all ivory objects.

TEFAF

TEFAF Maastricht exhibitor list reveals 18 new exhibitors and some notable departures

30 November 2016

TEFAF have revealed the list of 270 exhibitors standing at the next Maastricht fair in March.

The IS silver porringer

Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction

30 November 2016

A rare and recently rediscovered Irish Commonwealth/Charles II silver porringer sold today for £25,000 – five times its estimate – at Sworders’ auction in Essex.

Chagall Dorotheum

Marc Chagall still life helps Dorotheum to their highest Modern art sale total

28 November 2016

A still life by Marc Chagall led Dorotheum in a record-breaking auction last week when the painting achieved a premium inclusive €1.02m (£872,269).

Eiffel Tower staircase at auction

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for over €500,000 at Paris auction

26 November 2016

Like the Statue of Liberty or Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower is symbolic of the skyline of one of the world’s great cities. The ultimate Parisian souvenir, sold in model form to tourists round the world, what would you give to have a piece of the real thing to take home?

Anne Frank poem

Rare Anne Frank poem sells at auction

25 November 2016

A handwritten poem by Anne Frank has sold at auction in the Netherlands at €140,000 (£119,000).

Mathias Ary Jan

French dealers’ association SNA appoints Mathias Ary Jan as new president

23 November 2016

The French national antique dealers’ association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) has appointed Mathias Ary Jan as its new president at a meeting of the board of directors yesterday.

Washington & Roosevelt

Equality button included at Heritage Auctions' sale of Americana from Forbes collection

22 November 2016

A button reading ‘Equality’ and commemorating Booker T Washington’s dinner with President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House is included in Heritage Auction’s upcoming Americana sale.

Claude Monet Meule

10 highlights from the Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York

21 November 2016

The flagship Modern and Contemporary art sales in New York in November are an important bellwether of the global art market. This year a total of $1.29bn (£1.03bn) changed hands, including the auctioneers’ premium. Here ATG picks 10 individual highlights from around the salerooms.

Mark Moehrke of Doyle New York

Doyle New York to open Russian works of art department

21 November 2016

New York auctioneers Doyle has announced that it is opening a Russian works of art department. It is run by Russian specialist Mark Moehrke, who has been appointed as the department’s vice president and director.

Hockney Woldgate Woods

Hockney auction record among highlights of Sotheby’s New York sale

18 November 2016

An auction record for British artist David Hockney was one of the highlights at a robust Contemporary art sale at Sotheby’s New York last night.

Ten Commandments stone

Earliest-known Ten Commandments tablet sold at auction in Beverly Hills

17 November 2016

A stone tablet, inscribed with the Ten Commandments and thought to be the earliest-known complete example, has been sold at auction in Beverly Hills for $850,000 (£683,000).

Meule (Grainstack) by Claude Monet

Christie’s sets auction record for Claude Monet painting at $72.5m

17 November 2016

A ‘Grainstack’ painting by Claude Monet set a major auction record for the artist at Christie’s in New York last night.

Abstraktes Bild (809-2) by Gerhard Richter

‘Slowhand’ turns vendor as Eric Clapton sells $19.5m Gerhard Richter at Christie’s

16 November 2016

A large abstract painting by Gerhard Richter consigned by musician Eric Clapton was among the highlights of last night’s auction at Christie’s New York.

Marinello

Art Recovery Group’s database goes non-profit

16 November 2016

Art Recovery Group, founded by Chris Marinello three years ago as a rival to long-established The Art Loss Register, has split the firm to create a not-for-profit organisation called Artive.

Jussi Pylkkanen

BBC goes behind the scenes at Christie’s

16 November 2016

Auction house Christie’s will take centre stage in a new BBC documentary this weekend. The company, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, is the subject of a two-part look behind the scenes at some of its biggest auctions.

Prince Felix Youssoupov costume

What the Russian Prince wore to the ball…

16 November 2016

Like many Russian aristocrats born in the later years of the 19th century, Prince Felix Youssoupov (1887-1967) lived an extraordinary life both before and after the Russian Revolution.

Edvard Munch's Girls on the Bridge at Sotheby's

Muted performance for Munch as Sotheby’s sale falls below estimate

15 November 2016

Edvard Munch’s ‘Girls on the Bridge’ was knocked down at $50m (£40m) and led Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist & Modern in New York last night.

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