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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Seven bidders compete for Soulages with a presidential provenance

22 February 2021

A painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) sold at Caen Enchères (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Normandy featured a particularly notable provenance.

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Contemporary fair heavyweights count on digital for now

22 February 2021

As the pandemic continues to upend the art market calendar, two heavyweights of the Contemporary art and design fair scene are going digital.

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Art from collection of Mrs Henry Ford II offered at Christie's and Doyle

22 February 2021

Property from the collection of Mrs Henry Ford II is being offered by more than one auction house this year. Christie’s has sales in New York on March 30 and London on April 15, and Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) held a single-owner selection in its New York rooms on January 25.

Perry claims Florida and takes on slavers before his Japanese fame

22 February 2021

A naval logbook kept by Matthew Perry offered in New York covered a very eventful period in this distinguished mariner’s career.

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Judd’s art shapes up with a box and tube

22 February 2021

The American artist Donald Judd (1928-94) abandoned painting in the 1960s and devoted himself to producing three-dimensional objects.

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Christo coverage leads to market upturn

22 February 2021

It is well known that the death of an artist often leads to an upsurge of market interest and that has certainly happened with the Bulgarian Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who died last year.

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Captain America socks it to Hitler

22 February 2021

A copy of the very first issue of Captain America soared to £320,000 (£235,640) at Heritage Auctions.

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Michaux uses mescaline as his extra inspiration

22 February 2021

Among the surprises at a Contemporary art sale at Ketterer (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich was the result for a work by the painter-poet Henri Michaux.

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Christie’s closes Barcelona office and moves Spanish headquarters in Madrid

20 February 2021

Christie’s has closed its existing offices in Madrid and Barcelona and will now operate from a premises on Calle Serrano in Madrid, about 2km north of its previous address.

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New hires at Forum Auctions and across salerooms in the Americas

16 February 2021

An update on the latest appointments within the art and antiques industry in the UK and overseas.

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EU proposes ban on import and export of antique ivory

15 February 2021

New proposals by the European Commission to prevent the commercial export and import of most antiques containing ivory have been described by The British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) as “hugely damaging and disproportionate”.

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Edouard Manet dog portrait emerges at Paris sale

15 February 2021

This canine portrait 'Minnay' by Edouard Manet (1832-83) will be offered for sale by Drouot Estimations on February 26.

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5 Questions: Old Master and British art dealer Lawrence Steigrad

15 February 2021

Lawrence Steigrad deals in Old Master and British paintings, drawings, and sculpture

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Olympic torch could burn bright in Brittany

15 February 2021

A sale to be held by Jack-Philippe Ruellan in Vannes in Brittany will feature this Olympic torch from the 10th Winter Olympics held in Grenoble in 1968.

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Pioneering sea atlas sails to a new high

15 February 2021

Sold for a record €260,000 (£234,235) in Hamburg was a copy of Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer’s Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris occidentalis…

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Les Hymnes sing out in the Barbier-Muller collection

15 February 2021

On March 23 Christie’s France, in association with booksellers Jacques Quentin (Geneva) and Benoît Forgeot (Paris), will offer the first part of the poetic library of Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller.

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Peanuts: early days unveiled at Heritage Auctions

15 February 2021

Early look of Peanuts cartoon strip evident from lot offered at Heritage Auctions.

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Early coloured print of Melbourne under the hammer

15 February 2021

A very early coloured litho view of Melbourne formed part of an Australiana sale held by dealer and auctioneer Peter Arnold (18% buyer’s premium).

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Old Masters star in first flurry of French auctions

15 February 2021

January proves to be a busy month in France including 37 sales at the Drouot in a fortnight

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Cluny Museum moves in to buy knightly ornament at auction

15 February 2021

The Cluny Museum in Paris, dedicated to works of art from the Middle Ages, pre-empted two items in a Pierre Bergé & Associes sale of Haute Epoque in Paris.

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