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.

Painting by The Master of Vissi Brod

Major Old Master sale in France as New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys late-Gothic painting for €5m

05 December 2019

An Old Master painting by a mid-14th century painter who was active in Bohemia drew dramatic competition at a small auction house in France last week. It was knocked down at €5m (£4.27m) to a dealer acting for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Pierre Soulages oil on canvas

Market-fresh Pierre Soulages painting brings international competition in Paris auction

04 December 2019

One of the highest auction prices for a painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) came in a recent sale held in Paris.

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Six lots to watch at auction this week including a Fabergé brooch, a Gustavsberg pottery tabby cat and a Scottish colourist picture

02 December 2019

With estimates from £400-£100,000, here are six previews of upcoming sales this week.

‘Reverie’ by Jack Butler Yeats

Jack Butler Yeats dominates auction of Ernie O'Malley collection in Dublin

02 December 2019

One of the highest-ever totals for an art auction in Ireland was set last week when the sale of the Ernie O'Malley collection held by Dublin saleroom Whyte's in association with Christie's raised a premium-inclusive total of €5.42m (£4.65m).

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Portrait by talented Rembrandt pupil gives boost to Old Masters sales in Germany

02 December 2019

Pictured here is a selection of notable Old Master results from recent sales in Cologne and Munich where international bidders battled with German dealers and collectors.

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More accessible options at Paris Old Master sales

02 December 2019

Plenty of opportunities were available to purchase Old Master or 19th century works for more affordable prices across Paris last month. Pictured here are three works from recent auctions.

British and Irish book auctions: December 2-12, 2019

02 December 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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First banned book in America lambasted the joyless settlers of Massachusetts

02 December 2019

A 1637 first edition of 'New English Canaan…' was one of the homegrown highlights of a sale held by Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium).

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Works by followers and pupils of Leonardo da Vinci highlight French Old Master sales

02 December 2019

Old Masters are much to the fore in the calendar across Europe at this time in the auction season.

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Flemish artist provides Drouot with winning touch

02 December 2019

The Bordoni and the Luini were not the only strong results achieved in the Drouot auction centre in the November sales.

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The Château de Pontchartrain provenance provides lustre to Drouot and Sotheby's auctions

02 December 2019

The Château de Pontchartrain and the Phélypeaux family who lived there for almost two centuries was much in evidence as a provenance in the recent sales in Paris.

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Spanish text manuscript is emblematic of a high price

02 December 2019

Possibly dating from the late 16th or early 17th century, a Spanish text manuscript version of Andrea Alciato’s 1531 'Emblemata', the first and most frequently reprinted emblem book, sold for $9000 (£7030) at Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Dracula lobby card once owned by Bela Lugosi sells for six-figures in Dallas auction

29 November 2019

A lobby card for the 1931 classic horror movie Dracula, once owned by the film’s lead actor Bela Lugosi, sold for a hammer price of $160,000 (£123,000) at Heritage Auction’s Movie Poster sale in Dallas.

‘Interior, Strandgade 30’ by Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelm Hammershøi interior scene sets record for a painting sold in Denmark

28 November 2019

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen has set an auction record for any painting sold in Denmark.

first quarto edition copy of ‘Macbeth: A Tragedy’

Charlton Heston’s 1673 copy of Macbeth returns to the market at Bonhams’ New York sale

27 November 2019

A 17th century copy of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ formerly owned by Charlton Heston (1923-2008) is reappearing at auction only three years after it sold from the actor’s collection.

Camille Pissarro's Le Jadin

Rediscovered Pissarro takes €280,000 at Paris auction house Ader

27 November 2019

A previously unrecorded painting by French Impressionist Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) sold above estimate at a recent auction in Paris.

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Copy of the world’s most expensive natural history book flies into auction at Sotheby’s

26 November 2019

A copy of The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1785-1851) will be offered at Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on December 18 in New York.

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Thieves steal precious baroque treasures from German museum

25 November 2019

Dresden’s Royal Palace has been targeted by thieves who cut the electricity supply to enter exhibition rooms at its museum containing thousands of valuable antiques.

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Online platform 1stdibs subscription fees rise by 42%

25 November 2019

Antiques and luxury items platform 1stdibs is increasing its monthly subscription fee to dealers by 42%, from £350 to £500. The firm says the move reflects the increasing cost of maintaining the online portal.

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Pendant is a cut above the rest on paper

25 November 2019

This rare late-17th century 4in (9.5cm) devotional pendant displays the craft of 'scherenschnitte' (scissor cuts).

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