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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Erskine Childers’ sword sells in Irish auction

17 August 2020

This Royal Navy Reserve officer’s sword owned by Robert Erskine Childers was estimated at €3000-5000 in a recent auction by Mullen’s (20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in Bray, Co Dublin. The scabbard throat of the Victorian 1827-pattern sword is engraved 'RE Childers'.

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Kelmscott Press copy tempts bidders at Hindman

17 August 2020

A number of higher-priced lots featured in a sale held by Hindman (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Chicago this summer, where fine binding was very much in evidence on both individual volumes and sets.

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Chase is on for hunting accounts

17 August 2020

Arnold ‘Jake’ Johnson’s library of thousands of volumes covering travel, big game hunting – the focus of the three lots featured here – sporting and other fields is being dispersed by Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in various live and online auctions in New York.

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Art Deco bracelet features in bountiful two-day sale in Maine

17 August 2020

The jewellery section of the two-day Summer’s Bounty auction to be held by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on August 29-30 includes a number of pieces from estate of Rosemarie Wolfe of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Palm Beach, Florida.

British and Irish book auctions: August 18-September 3, 2020

17 August 2020

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions, August 18-September 3, 2020.

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Oak furniture rubs shoulders with Old Masters in Massachusetts single-owner selection

17 August 2020

George Way (1950-2019) developed an early fascination with oak furniture. He was especially interested in seat furniture and at the age of 16 he began a half-century quest to build up the largest privately owned collection of 17th century chairs in America, assembling over 100 Dutch and English examples.

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Modernist jeweller makes his Marx at Philadelphia auction

17 August 2020

A collection of over 30 pieces by the Brazilian modernist jeweller Haroldo Burle Marx will be a focus of the August 20 Boutique Jewels auction to be held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia.

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Online bidders battle it out for British reverse glass painting

17 August 2020

A highlight of the Summer’s Bounty Auction held by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (17%/20% online buyer’s premium) of Maine was this British reverse glass painting dated to the late 18th century.

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Whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin signed album and original cover artwork

13 August 2020

There were good times but no bad times for the vendors of Led Zeppelin memorabilia which came to auction recently and flew beyond estimates.

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Sotheby’s introduces new fee on top of the hammer price and buyer’s premium

10 August 2020

Sotheby’s has introduced a new fee called an ‘Overhead Premium’ that is payable by all auction buyers across its salerooms and online auctions globally.

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Collectors give Grosvenor artist Greengrass a try

10 August 2020

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School provided an ideal medium to portray speed and movement in the inter-war machine age – and were perfect for sport subjects too. Those created by Sybil Andrews, such as her classic speedway image, are the best known on this theme.

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Player promotes Player’s

10 August 2020

Victor Mee Auctions’ Irish Pub Memorabilia & Collectibles sale on August 12 will offer Irish football and hurling lovers and collectors the chance to bid on three advertising figurines, estimated at €200-450 each.

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Artists answer call of Algeria and Tunisia

10 August 2020

A work by the Orientalist artist Alphonse Etienne Dinet (1861-1929) was the object of keen competition at Drouot Estimations (24% buyer’s premium) in Paris.

Seeing stars for the first time

10 August 2020

Copy of newspaper containing what became the US national anthem makes sale appearance

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Foujita trio emerges in Paris group

10 August 2020

Tajan (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale offering three paintings by Léonard Tusguharu Foujita (1886-1968).

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Chairs make it count in furniture array

10 August 2020

Eighteenth century seat furniture took the top honours in Artcurial’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) two-day sale of furniture and works of art in Paris.

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Ribeira rediscovered in house draws strong competition in Paris

10 August 2020

Early work by Spanish-born painter was identified by Old Master experts Cabinet Turquin

British and Irish book auctions: August 11-30, 2020

10 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 11-30, 2020.

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Portrait of man in a beret from professor’s collection brings a surprise sum

10 August 2020

An unexpectedly high price was paid in a sale of Old Master paintings and drawings held this summer by auction house Aguttes (23/25% buyer’s premium plus VAT) in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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Savvy caddy makes a happy golfer

10 August 2020

One of the specialist golfing sales held by PBA Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) of San Francisco included the work of a Scottish-born designer of golf courses who is said to have laid out some 400 of them.

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