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.

Patrick van der Vorst, owner of Value My Stuff

Barnebys buys online valuation firm ValueMyStuff

18 October 2018

Online valuation firm ValueMyStuff, founded in 2010 by former Sotheby’s director Patrick van der Vorst, has been sold to Swedish group Barnebys.

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Etruscan bronze returned to Italy 30 years after disappearance

17 October 2018

An Etruscan bronze lar statuette has been repatriated to Italy after more than 30 years with the help of the Art Loss Register.

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Boris Karloff The Mummy 1932 film poster could set world auction record in Sotheby's online sale

16 October 2018

A film poster tagline of ‘Pratt the uncanny in The Mummy’ wouldn’t have been anywhere near as scary as ‘Karloff the uncanny in The Mummy’.

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Five auctions to watch this week (October 15-21 2018)

15 October 2018

From an Armada table to a Titanic return poster, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Australia auction calendar

15 October 2018

Listing of auctions coming up in Australia.

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Wexford fair in tune with opera festival event

15 October 2018

Since the first Festival of Music and the Arts took place in 1951, the annual Wexford Festival Opera in the south-east Irish town has specialised in neglected works and has become one of the world’s leading opera festivals.

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The dust settles: a special report on the Australian auction scene

15 October 2018

After almost a decade of flatlining annual sales and the collapse of Mossgreen, Australia’s auctioneers are vocal about the improving market.

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Kelly still standing after 20 bare-knuckle rounds

15 October 2018

“If I was to select just one lot we have sold this year,” says John Albrecht, managing director at Leonard Joel, “it would be the haunting, period photo of Australia’s infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, taken in 1874 after a boxing match.”

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Beautiful piscatorial plates go swimmingly in German sale

15 October 2018

Catching the eye in a German auction was a fine example of the most beautiful of all piscatorial plate books.

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Silver from a Melbourne founder

15 October 2018

Presented to Captain William Lonsdale (1799-1864) in 1842 by the people of Melbourne in recognition of his services to the founding colony, the Lonsdale Silver Presentation has remained in his descendants’ care for 176 years.

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Webb’s independent again

15 October 2018

Leading New Zealand firm Webb’s – established by Auckland gallery owner Peter Webb in 1976 – became part of Mossgreen in October 2014. Two businessmen and art collectors from the city, Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie and Bruce Qin, rescued the saleroom earlier this year following the collapse of the parent company and a regular calendar of sales is now in operation from new premises in Mount Eden.

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Museums hit out at Titanic artefacts auction process

12 October 2018

The National Maritime Museum and National Museums Northern Ireland claim the bidding process in the sale of more than 5500 artefacts from the wreck of the doomed Titanic prevented them from submitting a formal offer.

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Eyes right for two striking photographs by Cameron and McCurry on offer in American auction

10 October 2018

If eyes really are the windows into the soul then two photographs taken nearly 120 years apart give the viewer plenty to ponder.

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Saleroom selection: Five pieces of furniture on offer at auctions this week (October 8-14)

08 October 2018

With plenty of material now available for a few hundred pounds or even below, here ATG selects six upcoming lots pitched between £200 and £3000.

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First book printed in Antarctica offered in New York as part of the Joe Fitzsimmons library

08 October 2018

The first book printed and published in Antarctica was 'Aurora Australis', a work produced during the 1908-09 Nimrod expedition led by Ernest Shackleton.

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Marie Antoinette portrait in terracotta and wax heads to sale

08 October 2018

Geble auction house in Radolfzell, on the shores of Lake Constance, has an intriguing work by the renowned French craftsman Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751- 1843) in its October 20 auction.

British and Irish book auctions: October 9-20, 2018

08 October 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from October 9-20, 2018.

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Prototype for rare Bauhaus children's game offered in Berlin

08 October 2018

A rare example of Bauhaus design is coming up for sale at Bassenge in Berlin in the auction of October 16-18.

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Ancient ewers offered in Vienna

08 October 2018

The Viennese auction house Im Kinsky has acquired a broad selection of works of art for its sale of October 23-24. The oldest objects are three Apulian terracotta ewers (oinochoe) from around 315-310BC.

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Two fairs in Munich lead a spotlight on the art and antiques scene in Germany

08 October 2018

Autumn in the Bavarian capital Munich is traditionally fair time. Shortly after the Oktoberfest closes, exhibitors at two art and antique fairs are hoping for masses of equally enthusiastic visitors.

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