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.


Tiffany dragonfly lamp to delight

13 February 2023

Sotheby’s New York holds an online auction titled Design that runs from March 7-14.


Lots on offer from ceramics champion Bob Ellison

13 February 2023

An artist, collector and ceramics specialist, Bob Ellison donated over 600 pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in his lifetime.


Lost portrait of Sitting Bull rediscovered at Florida auction house

13 February 2023

Once thought lost, an oil painting of the Hunkpapa Lakota chief Sitting Bull (1831-90) has emerged at a Florida auction house.


Exhibition of medieval and Renaissance treasures in Antwerp

13 February 2023

A large and highly decorated processional cross, 18 x 10in (45 x 25cm), from 13th century Limoges is among the highlights in Bernard Descheemaeker’s exhibition and latest catalogue.


Edwardian elegance emerges in New York auction

13 February 2023

The sale of Fine Jewellery and Luxury Handbags at Doyle New York on February 22 includes this Edwardian diamond, platinum and gold bow brooch.


How to receive phone calls from the afterlife

13 February 2023

It is thought that Thomas Edison invented the first PsychoPhone in an effort to record messages from the subconscious or the afterlife.


Holland & Holland elephant guns ‘reputed the best’

13 February 2023

This 4ft 7in (1.4m) Victorian painted mahogany shop display sign promotes the merits of guns by Holland & Holland.


‘Official’s hat’ type Qing armchairs for sale

13 February 2023

The Asian art sale at John McInnis in Massachusetts on February 25 includes this pair of Qing ‘official’s hat’ type huanghuali armchairs.


American auction offers items with London dealer provenances

13 February 2023

The English Interior sale at Stair Galleries includes furniture, fine art and decorative objects with provenances to well-known London dealers.


More available at auction from magician Ricky Jay collection

13 February 2023

Potter & Potter in Chicago will sell more items from the collection of magician Ricky Jay on February 25.

Arizona Spike

Pick of the week: Railroad spike hits a cool $1.8m response at auction

06 February 2023

The completion of the US transcontinental railroad in 1869 was the marvel of its age.

Bronze figure

‘Medici’ brings bronze awards for museums at auction

06 February 2023

Two important Mannerist bronzes were bought by museums when a New York private collection was sold in Manhattan last month.


First edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest emerges in Chicago

06 February 2023

Included in Potter & Potter’s latest sale of Books and Manuscripts is a rare first edition limited issue of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest.


Mantel clock is pick of a d’Estaing presidential selection

06 February 2023

Clock formed as memorial to Napoleonic general stars among contents of d’Estaing family home


Bouguereaus double up at US auction

06 February 2023

Works by the married artists both feature in Philadelphia saleroom Freeman's


Louvre acquisitions announced for Abu Dhabi and Paris

06 February 2023

Main and Middle East branch of the French museum revealed as the buyers of works offered in French auctions


Just 5 out of 10... but full value in Superman terms

06 February 2023

A copy of the very first 'Superman' comic of 1939 that came to auction in the US was not in the finest of conditions, indeed rated only VG/FN 5.O.


Third slice of Soulages ready to taste at Paris auction

06 February 2023

Millon’s March 6 sale in Paris is its third to be given over entirely to the graphic (engraved) work of Pierre Soulages (1919-2022).


Strong early sales at BRAFA as it returns to traditional time slot

02 February 2023

Dealers hailed the latest edition of the BRAFA Art Fair as a success with early sales.

Milo and Simon Dickinson.

A new MD at Dickinson gallery and hires across auction houses

01 February 2023

The latest appointments and hires across the art and antiques sector.