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.

Max Beckmann self-portrait

Beckmann the German art auction record-breaker

05 December 2022

A Max Beckmann (1884-1950) self-portrait set a record for any artwork sold at a German auction when it was knocked down at €20m (£17.1m).

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Royal Worcester: Two collections offered in Australia in the same month

05 December 2022

In collecting terms it is not surprising that a country such as Australia should have a tradition of interest in English ceramics – factories such as Royal Doulton and Moorcroft have a noticeable following.

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Prices by the power of Grayskull

05 December 2022

In 1981 the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, began his fight against the evil Skeletor to save the planet of Eternia and protect Castle Grayskull.

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Frances Hodgkins highlights in New Zealand exhibition

05 December 2022

The latest catalogue from Jonathan Grant Gallery in New Zealand includes 'Pergola', a c.1936 gouache on paper by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947).

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Plan B sounds like a great option

05 December 2022

A gallery offering Old Masters and antiques as well as Contemporary art is opening in Brooklyn, New York City.

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Japanese robot is a diamond pleaser

05 December 2022

Shown here is one of ‘very few known’ examples of Yonezawa’s c.1962 Diamond Planet Robot – the largest tin windup robot produced, 10in (24.5cm) high.

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Visit Antwerp to view godly goods

05 December 2022

This head of Buddha Sakyamuni from Thailand, c.1500, is among the offerings from Marcel Nies’ latest show and catalogue on Asian sculpture.

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The fashion doll before Barbie courtesy of Madame Alexander

05 December 2022

Bertha Alexander Behrman – aka Madame Alexander – was probably destined to be a doll maker.

New hires

A new dealership and auction house hires – a round-up of recruitment news

01 December 2022

The latest Movers & Shakers update from across the world of art and antiques.

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High-tech early breech loaders broke new ground

28 November 2022

At first glance this early 18th century British-made sporting flintlock is nothing particularly out of the ordinary, despite being impressively engraved and relief carved.

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Get your two hands on a mighty sword

28 November 2022

Top result from the October 26 arms and armour auction at Munich saleroom Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) was a 5ft 6in (1.67m) two-hand sword made by the acclaimed bladesmith Wolfgang Stantler II of Passau, c.1580.

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Abijah’s powder horn shows Ranger value

28 November 2022

A ‘Siege of Louisbourg’ powder horn belonging to one Ranger Abijah Smith sold for $17,500 (£15,200) at Bonhams Skinner in an auction on September 28 in Massachusetts.

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Coin purse gives you bang for your buck

28 November 2022

This Victorian purse gun was designed by Oscar Frankenau from Nuremberg and patented in both the UK and the US in 1876.

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Kepler manuscript’s star value

28 November 2022

Calculations on planetary movements rise to the occasion in New York saleroom

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Timing was picture perfect for Paris photograph auction

28 November 2022

Staging a photo collection sale just as a specialist fair opened proved a great choice.

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Auction benefits from constructive thinking

28 November 2022

Paris auction Ader (28% buyer’s premium) was busy on the photographic front during Paris Photo.

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German book from 1500 cooks up a storm at auction

28 November 2022

Offered as part of a series of sales held by Reiss & Sohn (19% buyer’s premium) of Königstein im Taunus was an exceptionally early cookery book.

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British pistols owned by American patriot

28 November 2022

A pair of ornate presentation flintlock pistols made in London and later owned by an American patriot sold for $55,000 (£46,200) at a US saleroom.

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Expansion and hires including Hindman to open a New York saleroom

22 November 2022

Hindman launching in New York and Sotheby’s expanding in Asia are among the latest updates across the world of art and antiques.

TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht Showcase expands

21 November 2022

TEFAF Maastricht is expanding its Showcase section to include 10 galleries next year.

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