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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Origin of Species takes record result in US sale

24 June 2019

Uncut and partially unopened, a truly exceptional presentation copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species… sold for a record $400,000 (£316,353) in a recent US sale.

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Flower power at Paris auction

24 June 2019

Asian auction series now take place around the world throughout the year in the major centres of the art market. Paris held its latest staging this month at the beginning of the French capital’s Temps Fort or high season.

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‘First flag on Omaha Beach’ sold in the US

24 June 2019

The first American flag believed to have been planted on Omaha Beach in northern France on D-Day proved to be the top lot in Heritage’s (25% buyer’s premium) Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction on June 9.

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Single-owner fan collection up at auction

24 June 2019

On July 3-4 French auction firm Rossini will be holding a sale entirely dedicated to fans when it offers the collection of Michel Maignan.

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On the gradual road to recovery

24 June 2019

Irish art market makes a sedate journey back to strength as local buyers dominate.

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Sale of dealer’s collection of African art led by rare mask at Sotheby’s

22 June 2019

Sotheby’s chalked up a premium-inclusive total of just under €11.5m (£10.25m) when it sold the Marceau Rivière collection of African art in Paris.

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Van Gogh’s ‘suicide’ gun sells for €130,000 at auction in Paris

19 June 2019

The gun believed to be the weapon used by Vincent van Gogh to shoot himself in the summer of 1890 was knocked down at an €130,000 (£116,070) at auction in Paris.

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Historic US flags including a Civil War black regimental banner star at auction

19 June 2019

Two historic US flags, one a black regimental banner from the Civil War and the other from the D-Day invasions, were knocked down for six-figure sums last week.

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Record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab barred from export

18 June 2019

A ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers that sold at auction last year has been temporarily barred from export from the UK.

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Sotheby's sold to media entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi in $3.7bn deal

17 June 2019

Sotheby’s has been sold to BidFair USA, a company owned by media and telecom entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi.

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Leonard Cohen's love letters to muse Marianne sell for five times estimate at Christie’s auction

17 June 2019

Letters from Canadian poet, singer-songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen to his muse Marianne Ihlen have sold for a total $700,800 ($876,000 including buyer’s premium).

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Chinese bronze censer used to hold tennis balls sold for £3.3 million

17 June 2019

A Chinese parcel gilt bronze censer, that was being used to hold tennis balls when first seen by valuers last year, has sold at auction in Switzerland for close to £3.3m.

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Pick of the week: Early draft of colonial American map impresses at New York auction

17 June 2019

A pre-press version of a key map of colonial America emerged for sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on June 6. Carrying an estimate of $30,000-50,000, it sold at $100,000/£76,900 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) – a sum that reflected its extraordinary provenance.

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Strong response to folk art collection of French writer and broadcaster at Paris auction

17 June 2019

Folk art (or art populaire as it is known in France) has gained an increased following over the years.

British and Irish book auctions from June 18-29, 2019

17 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 18-29, 2019.

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Astronomical works on comets and the planet Saturn achieve high sums in German sale

17 June 2019

Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German auction.

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Eroticism explored in Marseille exhibition

17 June 2019

Giorgio de Chirico’s 'Nudo dormiente', c.1930, is among the works included in Galerie Alexis Pentcheff’s erotic art exhibition 'Qriosa: Secret Room of Indecent Objects', where it is offered for €200,000.

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Signed photo is a Curie curiosity

17 June 2019

Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of Marie Curie shown here.

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Early Golf magazine sells a fair way above guides

17 June 2019

Early magazine runs brought some unexpectedly high prices in the latest of the regular golfing literature sales held by a Californian saleroom.

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