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.

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Panel discoveries post six-figure prices in American sale

11 March 2019

Two early panel paintings, one German, the other Cretan, emerged from a Florida collection to sell for six-figure prices at the Premier Auction at Brunk (20% buyer’s premium) in Asheville, North Carolina, on January 28. Both were new discoveries by rare artists.

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Irma Stern portraits from two collections headline Strauss sale in Cape Town

11 March 2019

Strauss is holding its latest auction in Cape Town on March 18. Running to more than 600 lots, it offers a wide mix of material: 19th century, post-war and contemporary art, antiques and decorative arts, Asian works and jewellery.

New York Asian showcase celebrates its 10th anniversary

11 March 2019

Spring celebration in New York of the Asia’s art and antiques marks a landmark birthday.

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Price is far from the end of the world for Durer Apocalypse

11 March 2019

Conducted by Christie’s Paris (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in collaboration with Bertrand Meaudre of Paris dealer Librairie Landarchet, a February 20 sale featured the dispersal of the library of Marc Litzler for a premium-inclusive total of €4.4m (£3.82m).

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Asia Week New York auction highlights including the Chenn Family collection of Chinese paintings at Heritage Auctions

11 March 2019

A selection of highlights from auctions being held either as part of or timed to coincide with Asia Week New York.

British and Irish book auctions: March 12-23, 2019

11 March 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from March 12-23, 2019.

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Asia Week New York dealer shows including Indian paintings at Francesca Galloway's exhibition

11 March 2019

At look at highlights from some of the dealer shows which are held as part of the Asia Week New York spring fest.

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UK moves up to second place in global art market as China’s growth slows

08 March 2019

The UK’s art market reclaimed its second position in the global league table as China’s rapid growth slowed during 2018.

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Norfolk auction house relaunch, Henry Aldridge & Son changes, Fellows fine jewellery and Artcurial's online-only sales - the latest business news from across the auction houses

08 March 2019

Norfolk sisters Catherine and Shelley-Anne Wilford have launched Beeston Auction House after the retirement of the owners of Townsend Auction Galleries.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a silver spoon from 1528 that drew spectacular bidding

08 March 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a Henry VIII apostle spoon making ten times estimate at an auction in Leicestershire, and a huge Minton majolica urn bringing similar levels of competition in Ireland.

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World Book Day focus: Five classic and collectable rare books going under the hammer this month

07 March 2019

Today marks World Book Day, and while the occasion is aimed at young people, it could also be a chance for rare book collectors to take stock of their libraries and investigate some top lots in store at future auctions.

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New faces at Chiswick and Phillips – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques trade

07 March 2019

An update on recent appointments in the world of art and antiques.

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Bonhams becomes latest auction house to raise buyer’s premium

04 March 2019

Auction house Bonhams has raised its buyer’s premium levels effective from today.

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Rijksmuseum director appointed new global vetting chief across all TEFAF's art and antiques fair

04 March 2019

Ahead of the flagship Maastricht fair on March 16-24, TEFAF has appointed a new global chairman of vetting.

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Journeys of discovery: Highlights from the stands of 11 dealers at TEFAF 2019

04 March 2019

An intriguing find by a dealer new to TEFAF Maastricht leads a look at some of the highlights on offer at the huge event.

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Masterpiece fair to trial Hong Kong move with Fine Art Asia fair

04 March 2019

The Masterpiece fair brand will be trialled in Hong Kong later this year with a ‘pavilion’ within the Fine Art Asia fair.

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Ringing the changes: Interview with TEFAF CEO Patrick van Maris

04 March 2019

A surge of fresh faces in the Modern section, a shift in the global vetting policy and stronger links with the host city are among the recent shake-ups at TEFAF Maastricht, as CEO Patrick van Maris tells ATG.

Draft bill seeks further reform for French auction system

04 March 2019

The French auction system could be set for more reform with a draft bill recommending further change due to be launched later this month.

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Rubens oil sketch discovered in northern France offered in Lille auction

04 March 2019

A rare oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens created for an important commission in Antwerp has been discovered in a house in northern France and will come up for auction in Lille on March 31.

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Six lots to watch at auction this week including an Elizabethan jug, a Constable sketch and a German Expressionist painting

04 March 2019

With estimates from £100-$50,000, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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