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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Canaletto works (with a bit of help)

06 May 2024

Venetian painter sometimes used studio assistants

New hires

New faces at Roseberys and Heritage Auctions are among the latest Movers & Shakers

03 May 2024

The latest jobs news across the world of art and antiques.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustration

Original cover artwork for Harry Potter estimated at record $600,000 comes to auction

02 May 2024

The original cover watercolour for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Thomas Taylor is coming to auction with the highest pre-sale estimate ever placed on an item of any Harry Potter-related work, according to Sotheby’s.

After Giambologna sculptures

Shahmoon family Giambologna bronzes sell at over 400 times estimate

01 May 2024

Casts of two well-known Mannerist bronzes raced to 400 times their estimate at an online sale conducted by a New York auction house last month.

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New Zealand welcomes the Great White Fleet

29 April 2024

An auction of traditional European decorative arts at Sotheby’s New York (20/10% buyer’s premium) on April 16 included this New Zealand Arts & Crafts presentation casket.

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Scientist’s microscopes go under a bidding inspection

29 April 2024

A collection of microscopes and other antique scientific instruments from the estate of Ohio scientist John A Davidson Jr (1939-2023) came for sale at Gray’s Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) on April 17.

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Scarce medieval stained glass now sought after

29 April 2024

The March 14 sale at Willow Auction House (25% buyer’s premium) in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, included a New York private collection of leaded and stained-glass panels.

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Death sentence for king's mistress proves popular

29 April 2024

Warrant for Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, sells well eight years after last auction appearance

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Mercedes-Benz tools make $8000 on their own

29 April 2024

As an original Mercedes-Benz 300SL now costs something north of $1m, it is perhaps no surprise to learn that original accessories associated with the Flügeltürer are eagerly sought.

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Tureen dished out the delicacy of turtle soup

29 April 2024

Turtle soup, which first became a delicacy on European tables with the emergence of the West Indies trade in the 18th century, was hugely popular among the elite of American society at the turn of the 20th century.

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Light Ponti armchairs carry weighty auction value

29 April 2024

Among the starring lots at the Wright (26% buyer’s premium) Design sale on March 28 was a pair of Gio Ponti lacquered wood, upholstery and brass Triennale armchairs, dating to 1951.

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Chinese vase goes over the moon with 140-times estimate price

29 April 2024

The stand-out performance in the March series of Asian art sales was a Qing monochrome clair-de-lune bottle vase offered by Freeman’s Hindman (26% buyer’s premium) in Chicago on March 24.

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Massier Art Nouveau vase goes bats at auction

29 April 2024

Abell’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Los Angeles on April 17 included a spectacular Art Nouveau vase from the workshop of French ceramicist Clement Massier.

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Flower power: British majolica hits the bigtime in US

29 April 2024

A Copeland vase produced to mark 100 years of American Independence was among the highlights of the second tranche of the Flower collection of majolica.

Bronze head

Getty becomes latest museum to return antiquities following provenance research

25 April 2024

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is to return a bronze head from its antiquities collection to Turkey.

Gustav Klimt portrait

Klimt portrait sets Austrian auction record but fails to ignite bidding battle

25 April 2024

A late portrait by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) that emerged at Vienna auction house im Kinsky has sold for €30m (£25.9m).

Bartolomeo Manfredi painting

Getty Museum buys Caravaggisti party scene from private collector

24 April 2024

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a lively 17th century genre painting by Italian artist Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622).

USS Enterprise

Rediscovered ‘Starship Enterprise’ model returned to son of Star Trek creator with help from Heritage Auctions

24 April 2024

The original 3ft long model of USS Enterprise, used in the original opening credits, has been presented to the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

John Lennon guitar

Long-lost John Lennon guitar recovered from an attic comes to auction

23 April 2024

John Lennon’s long-lost Framus 12-string Hootenanny acoustic guitar has been rediscovered and is coming to auction next month.

Edward VI

Portrait of short-lived Tudor monarch Edward VI comes to LA auction

23 April 2024

A portrait of Edward VI, the Tudor monarch who reigned as a boy for just six years from 1547-53, comes for sale at Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles.

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