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.

Arthur James to move out of Delray Beach

05 November 2007

Leading Florida auction business Arthur James Galleries of Delray Beach is for sale.

NY Asia Week: downtown fair moves upmarket

05 November 2007

DATE changes for Arts of Pacific Asia at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue mean the event effectively launches the 2008 New York Spring Asia Week.

Now bank reveals $40m claim against Salander-O’Reilly

05 November 2007

A private San Francisco bank has emerged as one of the largest creditors of Salander-O’Reilly Galleries.


Sotheby’s up the stakes in Paris

29 October 2007

Sotheby’s have posted their highest price in Paris since the French auction market was opened to foreign firms in 2001.

French Auction Weekend 2007

29 October 2007

FRENCH auctioneers are to hold their next open weekend of events on November 17-18.

Salander-O’Reilly lawyer says gallery is likely to file for bankruptcy soon

29 October 2007

New York Old Master dealers Salander-O’Reilly are expected to file for bankruptcy after a state judge ordered their gallery to be closed indefinitely.


Dadd sketch heads for the Met in New York

29 October 2007

ART dealer Andrew Sim has sold a watercolour by Richard Dadd (1817-1886) to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It is the first work by the enigmatic Victorian artist to enter the museum’s vast art collection.

Fresh blow for New York gallery as they lose landmark show

22 October 2007

Whitfield Fine Art pull out as Salander-O’Reilly’s multi-million dollar legal problems escalate

Troop movements and building work hit two New York shows

15 October 2007

Two January fairs run by Stella Show Management in New York are under threat from construction problems and the occupation of an armory building by the National Guard.

French look to scrap due diligence in bid to protect their art market

15 October 2007

THE French government are so concerned about their dwindling share of the global art market that they have come up with a four-point plan to rescue it. They include a measure that effectively calls for the scrapping of due diligence for auctioneers.


French auctioneers get a taste of the British antiques scene

08 October 2007

A delegation of 17 members of the Syndicat National des Maison de Ventes Voluntaires (SyMEV, the main body representing French auctioneers) was in England last week for a three-day study tour investigating different aspects of the UK market.


Landmark sale as Perot offers Magna Carta for $30m

01 October 2007

What price one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy? On December 10, Sotheby’s New York will offer for sale one of just 17 surviving 13th century copies of Magna Carta.

It’s ‘business as usual’ say Antiquorum as ex-boss gears up for legal battle

01 October 2007

Antiquorum, the world’s leading watch auctioneers, insist it will be “business as usual” following the shock departure this August of the Geneva firm’s charismatic founder, Osvaldo Patrizzi, after a row with Japanese owners Artist House Holdings, who acquired Antiquorum for a reported $30m in 2006.


Antiques with Saks appeal

01 October 2007

WE have heard a lot about antiques being out of fashion, and the best reply is that if antiques are presented stylishly they are always in fashion. Just look at a window of upmarket Fifth Avenue Manhattan store Saks during New York’s Fashion Week. The chief window designer of Saks called on East 61 St dealers Historical Design and said he had the idea of introducing Saks’ new shoe floor with high fashion shoes displayed on vintage chairs.

How to hold an auction in the US… from Shropshire

01 October 2007

Provincial auctioneer’s novel twist for breaking into the American market

Beijing date change

18 September 2007

DATES for the launch of The Beijing International Chinese Antique Fair have been moved to November 30-December 4 from November 28 to December 2 as initially announced. This is described as an important Government project and, as such, special services for exhibitors and visitors are being arranged.

Paris looks to Shanghai auction scene

18 September 2007

Shanghai seems all the rage these days. Hot on the heels of the launch of two new international fairs — ShContemporary in early September, and the Shanghai Antiques & Jewellery Fair (October 13-21) — Artcurial are opening premises on Yongjia Lu, in the French Concession district of Shanghai, to stage lectures and exhibitions, as well as hosting an art bookshop — much along the lines of the firm’s Paris HQ at the Hôtel Dassault on the Champs-Elysées.

Bloomsbury boost ahead of New York launch date

07 September 2007

AS Bloomsbury Auctions get set for the opening of their new saleroom in New York this month, their turnover for the first six months of 2007 showed a 45 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Dealers in the dark over Beijing fair

03 September 2007

November launch for ‘international’ event

€3.5m deal struck for Easter Rising documents

28 August 2007

DUBLIN auctioneers James Adam have negotiated a €3.5m (£2.4m) sale of remarkable papers setting a record for a single transaction of documents relating to the 1916 Easter Rising.