Auctions

News and previews of art and antiques sold at auctions throughout the UK and overseas, from multi-million-pound blockbusters to affordable collectables.


Furio Rinaldi of Christie's

Christie’s appoints Old Master drawing specialist in New York

19 January 2017

Christie’s have appointed Furio Rinaldi as associate specialist in the Old Master Drawings department in New York.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland collection heads to auction in Oxford

18 January 2017

An auction of 3000 items from the estate of the late antiquarian book dealer Thomas Schuster is big news for fans of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Truncheons

“Works of art”: British police truncheons to star in Hansons’ auction

13 January 2017

“Beautifully gilded”, “hand painted”, “much sought after”. Perhaps not words that are commonly applied to police batons, but this is how auctioneer Charles Hanson described the collection of British truncheons coming up for auction this month.

Washington painting

America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton takes centre stage as letters head to auction

13 January 2017

America’s previously neglected founding father Alexander Hamilton is now firmly back to prominence after the Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’, which won eleven Tony Awards last year. The show is now coming to London's West End this year.

Orazio Gentileschi

10 highlights at the upcoming Old Master auctions in New York

12 January 2017

The main series of Old Master auctions in New York traditionally take place in January. This year Sotheby’s are holding four sales while Christie’s are staging two – a sale of drawings and an auction of prints only – having moved its main paintings sale in this category to the ‘Classic Week’ scheduled for April.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire

19th century photographs of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ to be auctioned

12 January 2017

A photograph album of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ has been revealed after 120 years and will be up for auction next month.

Waugh ear trumpet

Sounding out bidders: Evelyn Waugh’s ear trumpet heads to auction

09 January 2017

Evelyn Waugh fans should listen up: one of the writer’s ear trumpets will be offered at auction.

Gold ducat Ferdinand I of Aragon

15th century gold coin found by dog-walkers heads to auction in Cornwall

06 January 2017

A rare European gold coin found by a dog-walker on a Cornish beach is to be auctioned in Penzance later this month.

Royal Memorabilia cheffins

‘Princess Diana’ auction of letters and mementoes at Cheffins draws huge media focus

06 January 2017

Under normal circumstances, an auction in the English regions is unlikely to command the attention of the global media. But throw in a few letters, photographs and effects from Diana, Princess of Wales, then it’s an entirely different proposition.

Greek coin

Big Apple's busy season starts with coin fair NYINC

05 January 2017

The hive of art world activity in the Big Apple in January kicks off with the New York International Numismatic Convention, or NYINC, which takes place at the Waldorf Astoria.

Hendrix guitar

Hendrix guitar leads Bonhams London memorabilia auction

04 January 2017

Guitars owned by music legends Jimi Hendrix and Prince were the stars of Bonhams December 15 Entertainment Memorabilia auction in London.

Chinese cloisonne tripod censer

Surrey vendor sells £2 charity shop Chinese censer for £21,000 at auction

02 January 2017

A woman from the village of Hindhead in Surrey made a spectacular return on a £2 charity shop purchase when her small Chinese censer was knocked down at auction for £21,000.

Violin

Review of the Year 2016: Top online prices

01 January 2017

ATG delves into the data of its sister brand, online platform thesaleroom.com, to uncover this year's top prices for items bought online at auction.

Australian gold rush era bracelet

Review of the Year 2016 - Picks of the Year

29 December 2016

Here are five of ATG's ‘best of the best’ picks of the week from 2016 – all remarkable both for their price and the stories they tell.

Chinese wood sculpture

Song Dynasty sculpture tops Raphy Star collection at Mossgreen auction

28 December 2016

Australian auctioneers Mossgreen set an AUS$2m record for a single-owner sale of Asian Art sold down-under when they offered part of Raphy Star’s collection in Sydney earlier this month.

Chinese blue and white jar

Review of the Year 2016 - ten highest prices over estimate

26 December 2016

ATG delves into the data of its sister brand, online platform thesaleroom.com, to uncover this year's top estimate-busters.

Jacob Savery the Elder

Five Christmas picks for Christmas Eve

24 December 2016

See our pick of Christmassy lots this month:

Qianlong Emperor seal

Chinese seal draws 15-minute bidding battle and sets €17.5m auction record

22 December 2016

A Chinese hardstone imperial seal set a record at Drouot in Paris on when Pierre Bergé & Associés sold this impressively carved 4in (10.5cm) square specimen, inscribed 'Qianlong Yu Bi Zhi Bao', for a hammer price of €17.5m (£14.58m).

Lucie Rie bowl

Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid

21 December 2016

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.

The Advertising Standards Authority

Advertising Standards Authority rules on the display of auction fees

21 December 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority has unveiled new guidance for auctioneers following an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.

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