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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Bird’s-eye views of the US

11 July 2022

Offered as part of a New York sale held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) were the two imaginative aerial views reproduced here.

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Fairground attraction at Morphy auction

11 July 2022

On September 9-10 Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania, will offer the Henry Krijnen collection of mechanical music and fairground instruments from the Netherlands.

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The elusive Button Gwinnett completes a Declaration full set

11 July 2022

Unknown as he is to the vast majority of people, even Americans, Button Gwinnett is certainly renowned among collectors of early US history.

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Ancient attractions turn heads at Hindman

11 July 2022

An ancient Egyptian cartonnage Mummy mask was the top-selling lot in an auction of Antiquities held by Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Chicago.

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English tea caddy on offer at Butterscotch

11 July 2022

Butterscotch in New York is holding its summer estates auction on July 17.

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Oyster poster could be a perfect catch

11 July 2022

Swann Auction Galleries is holding a sale of vintage posters in New York on August 4.

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5 Questions: Old Master dealer Fabrizio Moretti

11 July 2022

Fabrizio Moretti recently opened an Old Masters gallery, Moretti Fine Art, on Duke Street, St James’s, London.

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Magical prop made by Okito

11 July 2022

This mid-20th century illusionist apparatus will feature in Potter & Potter’s latest Magic sale when it auctions the lifetime collection of Jim Deloach in Chicago on July 16.

Seongsan Bridge and the Han River in Seoul

Frieze Masters to make Korean debut

07 July 2022

Frieze is launching a Korean art fair and has signed up 110 galleries for the event scheduled for September 2-5.

The Triumph of Galatea picture

A robbery but also robust results as TEFAF kicks off

04 July 2022

Thieves hit TEFAF Maastricht last week, entering the venue and smashing a jewellery case on the stand of London’s Symbolic & Chase.

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Stuttgart buyer wise to a Tibetan thangka

04 July 2022

A string of high prices way over estimates emerged at a recent Asian art sale held by Nagel (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Stuttgart.

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Roman jewellery box on offer in Munich sale

04 July 2022

Almost two thousand years ago, a wealthy Roman woman would have kept her jewellery or trinkets in a cylindrical box, a so-called Pyxis. They were originally plain vessels, often made of pottery.

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Neptune buyer splashes out

04 July 2022

Set of charts, plans and views was published by the Admiralty for Royal Navy use

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Bamberg dealers back to business at this year's festival

04 July 2022

After the difficult years of the pandemic, the organisers of the Bamberger Antiquitätenwochen are hoping that this year’s event will mark a return to some form of normality.

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Cartier’s clock mystery solved

04 July 2022

On June 23 Bonhams Hong Kong sold a version of Cartier’s first-ever mystery clock: the Model A.

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Die Brücke group works prove sought after among German Expressionist works at Munich auction

04 July 2022

Ketterer’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) recent evening sale in Munich got off to a perfect start.

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More to a Chinese plate than meets the eye

04 July 2022

A big surprise was in store for the owner of a Chinese lacquer plate consigned to Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Grasbrunn, just outside Munich.

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Lakshmi vendor prospers thanks to US collector's bidding

04 July 2022

A US collector went way over the odds to secure a 15th century southern Indian bronze that took top honours at the Asian art sale at Lempertz (26% buyer’s premium) in Cologne.

Bruno Vinciguerra and Arnaud Cornette

Bonhams steps up European expansion with French auction house purchase

29 June 2022

Bonhams has bought its fourth auction house this year: Cornette de Saint Cyr with salerooms in Paris and Belgium.

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Thieves attack TEFAF Maastricht fair

28 June 2022

Thieves entered the TEFAF Maastricht venue and stole jewellery from dealer Symbolic & Chase by smashing a display case.

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