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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Look out: The Fridge ploughs into Heritage Auctions

10 August 2020

If you remember the American Football mania that first hit the UK in the mid-1980s when coverage started on Channel 4, then you will certainly recall ‘The Refrigerator’.

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Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery turns heads at Drouot

10 August 2020

An ensemble of jewellery by René Lalique was on offer in a Decorative Arts sale held by Tessier & Sarrou (28% buyer’s premium) at Drouot. All the pieces were signed examples of his distinctive Art Nouveau style and inventive use of non-precious materials.

British and Irish book auctions: August 4-20, 2020

03 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 4-20, 2020.

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Chad Valley toy car motors into New Jersey sale

03 August 2020

Among the European toys included in the August 13 Basics sale to be held by Bertoia auctions of Vineland, New Jersey will be this boxed saloon car made by the British firm Chad Valley.

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Rock and Roll poster set to make a big noise in Dallas saleroom

03 August 2020

Only around five examples of this rare ‘Big Beat’ concert poster are thought to exist. It advertises a 1958 tour by Rock and Roll promoter Alan Freed, whose photo appears at the top above the 16 different 1950s top musical acts (all also pictured).

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Flask with a ducal dedication offered at Denver auction

03 August 2020

This 12¾in (32cm) tall European carved bone powder flask dated to the 17th century will feature in the first day of Morphy Auctions’ August 18-19 sale of edged weapons, armour and militaria in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Single-owner Eisenberg collection comes to Indianapolis auction

03 August 2020

On September 12 Ripley Auctions in Indianapolis is selling a single-owner collection of costume jewellery and accessories from the American design firm Eisenberg that has been formed by the antiques dealer and collector Sharon Schwartz.

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Copy of Viscount Kingsborough’s 'Antiquities of Mexico' sells at Christie's in New York

03 August 2020

Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) recently staged two important book sales online that between them raised almost $3.38m, including premiums.

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Britains’ boxed waggon reaches Pittsburgh

03 August 2020

This Britains’ boxed pre-war general active service limbered waggon, set number 1331, in very good condition with a good box, is one of the lots to feature in a US auction.

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Plaque perfect for a chocolate fan

03 August 2020

This framed porcelain plaque marked 'KPM' and measuring 15½ x 10in (39 x 25cm) is painted with La Chocolatière after the painting by the Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard.

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Pick of the week: Lucie Rie record as footed bowl takes $180,000 at Phillips

31 July 2020

The market for Lucie Rie (1902-95) reached a new high when Phillips New York sold this 5.5in (14cm) diameter footed bowl for $180,000 (£136,800) at its latest design auction.

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Gold price hits all-time record as silver rises sharply to seven-year high

28 July 2020

The price of gold jumped to a record high in the UK this week as precious metal markets across the world rose due to the current economic and political uncertainty.

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Early summer sales in Paris awash with modern design highlights

23 July 2020

Among the high-season sales traditionally staged in Paris in the early summer is a selection of auctions devoted to modern design.

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Pick of the week: British collector snaps up Dürer print for €430,000 in Berlin

20 July 2020

A lifetime impression of The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve) – perhaps Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) best-known engraving – has sold for a record €430,000 (£390,000) in Germany. The buyer was a British collector.

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Swiss painter admired by van Gogh now sought after by collectors

20 July 2020

In a letter to his brother, written in 1883, Vincent van Gogh expressed his admiration for the Swiss painter Albert Anker.

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Meet the Tudors in miniature form

20 July 2020

A bidding battle broke out at Kinsky (28% buyer’s premium) in Vienna for this pair of figures fashioned as King Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, each about 13in (32cm) high.

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Geniuses score six out of 10 in test at Bonhams

20 July 2020

Running to just 10 lots and held online Essential Genius: Ten Important Manuscripts for Modern Times was a Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9%) auction.

British and Irish book auctions: July 21-Aug 1, 2020

20 July 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 21-Aug 1, 2020.

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Artist Georg Schrimpf attracts flurry of bids at Van Ham

20 July 2020

In his autobiography Georg Schrimpf described how he originally lacked the courage to become a painter and spent several years as a baker, a waiter and a coalman until he finally found the conviction to devote himself exclusively to art.

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Flamboyant Meissen ewer draws strong bidding at Wendl

20 July 2020

There is absolutely no way that one can describe the decoration of a late 19th century Meissen ewer sold by Wendl (21% buyer’s premium) in Rudolstadt as restrained.

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