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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Trenchers celebrating a 17th century marriage bid to $16,000

25 February 2019

This set of English painted sycamore trenchers were a wedding gift to Roger Simpson and his bride Mary in 1625 from their cousin. Each plate has an inscription that includes either the bride’s or groom’s name alongside verses about love, sex and marriage.

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Feynman: ‘The most original mind of his generation’

25 February 2019

Richard P Feynman (1918-88), recognised as a genius in the field of mathematical physics and once described as ‘the most original mind of his generation’, was a star turn in a November 30 sale at Sotheby’s New York (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

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William III miniature coffee pot sells at Vogel sale for $4800

25 February 2019

The Vogels bought 17th and early 18th century silver from How of Edinburgh, SJ Phillips in London and Shrubsole in New York.

British and Irish book auctions: February 26-March 9, 2019

25 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 26-March 9, 2019.

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Henry Moore makes matters confusing

25 February 2019

An original drawing by Henry Moore (1898-1986) – which the artist labelled as a lithograph – was among the top-sellers of European art at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston.

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VOGEL AND OLIVE COLLECTIONS: Two auctions showing the highs and the lows of traditional markets

25 February 2019

The sale of two great collections at auction – one in London, the other in New York – has highlighted the ebbs and flows of the market for early British pottery and furniture.

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Many mysteries solved and sold

25 February 2019

Heritage begins mammoth dispersal of Otto Penzler’s holdings of detective fiction.

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New Spanish art fair puts focus on the avant-garde and surreal

23 February 2019

A new fair showcasing avant-garde and modern art, including works by Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall and Fernand Léger, opens in Madrid next week.

Anthony van Dyck portrait

Hungarian government helps Budapest museum purchase £5m Anthony van Dyck portrait of English princess at Christie’s auction

21 February 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has announced that it bought the Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, that sold for £5m at Christie’s in December.

Paul Gauguin view of Pissarro’s garden

Paul Gauguin garden scene with bonus of the artist’s ‘earliest’ self portraits on the back

21 February 2019

A three-in-one opportunity to purchase rare early works by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) comes up in Paris this month.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Salvator Mundi: Louvre museum asks owner to loan world’s most expensive painting for Paris exhibition

20 February 2019

The Louvre museum in Paris has requested the loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for its major exhibition dedicated to the artist opening in October.

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Unopened Super Mario Bros video game sets auction record in the US

19 February 2019

An unopened copy of the classic video game Super Mario Bros set a new auction record when it recently sold in Dallas, Texas for $80,000 (£62,000). The game is the only known sealed example from a test market release in 1985.

Rembrandt’s ‘Head of a Young Man’

Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed as buyer of £8.2m Rembrandt portrait at Sotheby’s

18 February 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been revealed as the buyer of the small Rembrandt oil painting that led Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London at the end of last year after it went on view at the museum in the United Arab Emirates.

Maori pendant

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Versace tiara sketch, a Tompion clock and a Maori carving

18 February 2019

With estimates from £800-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

British and Irish book auctions: February 19-March 3, 2019

18 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 19-March 3, 2019.

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Paris sale to offer range of animalier bronzes

18 February 2019

Animalier bronzes will be on offer at Drouot in the coming weeks.

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Etruscan revival gold bracelet emerges in Maine auction

18 February 2019

A rich spread of American, European and Asian material is on offer at Thomaston Place’s latest Winter Weekend auction to be held over three days from March 1-3 in Thomaston, Maine.

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Antiquities with a touch of Hollywood to be sold at Philadelphia sale

18 February 2019

A 49-lot sale of antiquities, Asian and tribal art from the collection of New York and Hollywood talent agent Jeff Hunter goes under the hammer at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on March 13.

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Famous facsimiles of Declaration of Independence set records

18 February 2019

Two examples of a celebrated Declaration of Independence copy hit new highs a month apart.

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Framing technique sets plates up to sell well

18 February 2019

Drawn from sales held in the last days of January in the UK and US, an artistic device of framing a view with trees in the foreground is demonstrated in the two plates reproduced below.

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