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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Eager for Hever armour as suit from famous collection reappears

12 August 2019

In May 1983 the eyes of arms and armour bidders were fixed firmly on the £6m sale of the Hever Castle collection at Sotheby’s in London.

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Clown acrobat swings in

12 August 2019

This clown acrobat of c.1910 is one of around 150 automata from the Michael Kam collection that feature in the Potter & Potter August 24 auction in Chicago.

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Sikh tulwar in Italian saleroom

12 August 2019

Edged weapons from the East were also an important part of the sale held by Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) in Sarzano, Italy, on June 16.

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Dracula lobby cards from 1931 film taken to record high in Dallas

05 August 2019

Two lobby cards for the 1931 film ‘Dracula’ led Heritage Auctions’ latest sale of movie posters when each sold for a six-figure sum.

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Sales build on Bauhaus design for life

05 August 2019

Centenary of the hugely influential school’s foundation prompts a string of auctions.

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Postcards showcase big names of the future

05 August 2019

In its active years, some 1200 students passed through the Bauhaus school. It marked the starting point of many an illustrious career as numerous members of the teaching staff went on to become the most important artists of their era.

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Metalware provides a wide price range for buyers to ponder

05 August 2019

Metalware in all its forms played a major part in the development of the Bauhaus and recent sales contained examples in every price range.

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Bauhaus: Miscellaneous manufacturing including ceramics from Velten-Vordamm factory

05 August 2019

One of the offshoots of the Bauhaus was the ceramic factory in Velten-Vordamm, just north of Berlin. Much of the stoneware designed by the ceramic artists at the school was executed there, several examples of which came up for sale at Quittenbaum.

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Buck’s 'The Good Earth' makes rare appearance in San Francisco

05 August 2019

Published in 1931, Pearl S Buck’s 'The Good Earth' was the best-selling novel in the US for both that and the following year, as well as the winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

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Bauhaus: Breuer name boosts furniture sale appeal

05 August 2019

One the most productive Bauhaus furniture designers was the Hungarian-born Marcel Breuer (1902-81). From 1925-28 he was in charge of the so-called interior workshop at the design school.

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French summer auction action goes coastal

05 August 2019

Paris may have largely shut its saleroom doors for the summer months but beyond the capital, particularly around the French coast, auctions still take place throughout July and August.

British and Irish book auctions: August 5-17, 2019

05 August 2019

Our regular listings of British and Irish book auctions.

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James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 comes to auction complete with ejector seat

03 August 2019

It has built-in machine guns, grenade storage, an ejector seat and it’s up for grabs. James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s this month.

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Top end auction sales slow in first half of 2019

31 July 2019

Auction sales at the top of the sector have slowed in the first half of this year.

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Fairyland lustre still sparkles from the rostrum

29 July 2019

The market for Wedgwood ceramics may not be as bullish as it was three decades ago but this range of wares, produced from the First World War through the interwar period, continues to enjoy some of the strongest demand for the factory’s products which stretch across two and a half centuries.

François-Xavier Lalanne’s ‘Rhinocrétaire’ (Rhinodesk)

Personal collection of French designers Les Lalannes consigned to Sotheby’s

27 July 2019

Sotheby’s has announced a major sale in Paris this autumn of works from the personal collection of the celebrated French designers François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne.

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Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

25 July 2019

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) hammer at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland earlier this week.

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Apollo 11 footage tops Sotheby’s space auction on 50th anniversary of moon landing

24 July 2019

NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 mission topped Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale held on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

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Auction record as Boba Fett blasts to new Star Wars high

22 July 2019

An auction record for a Star Wars toy was established when Hake’s Auctions of York, Pennsylvania, sold a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure for $95,700 (£76,600).

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Olympic upheaval as posters reveal convoluted history of the wartime Games

22 July 2019

These two posters which will be offered for sale by Swann Auction Galleries in New York on August 7 illustrate the convoluted history of the Olympic Games during the Second World War era.

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