Auctions

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


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Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair

Beethoven’s hair bid to £28,000 at Sotheby’s

17 June 2019

A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that was “evidently given” by the great composer to the pianist Anton Halm in 1826 was knocked down at £28,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London last week.

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An Augustus John portrait, a Fijian war weapon and an early golf putter – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

14 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his artist daughter Gwyneth Johnstone.

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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque sold for £9100 at Bristol auction

14 June 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires was hammered down at £9100 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at auction in Bristol.

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Who will pick Concorde’s nose? Nose cone from supersonic plane comes to auction

14 June 2019

A nose cone from the supersonic Concorde plane is coming to auction in Northamptonshire.

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Remarkable Moorcroft pottery collection comes to auction in Evesham

13 June 2019

Worcestershire auctioneer Kingham & Orme is to disperse a remarkable collection of Moorcroft pottery later this week. The June 15 sale in Evesham includes 364 lots of the popular tube-lined ceramics (a few of them group lots) amassed over a 35-year period by a UK collector.

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Gun found in a field where artist van Gogh shot himself to be sold in Paris

13 June 2019

Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound in the summer of 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in the south of France.

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Lord Mackintosh’s viola player is toast of Toby jug collection at Bonhams

12 June 2019

Late Spring or early summer is a traditional slot in the London auction schedule for Bonhams’ ceramics and glass sales. The latest, devoted to glass and British ceramics, took place in the firm’s Knightsbridge rooms last week.

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First original cover art of Tintin sells at US auction for more than $1m

11 June 2019

The very first original cover art featuring comic character Tintin has sold at auction in the US for a premium inclusive $1.125m.

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Medal awarded to British soldier killed on the D-Day beaches sells at auction

11 June 2019

In the week marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings a poignant medal was sold at auction which had been awarded to a British soldier killed in the invasion.

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A Brilliant response to studio sale

10 June 2019

A maquette for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square – valued at £20,000 on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow – was the top lot in a sale of works from the Polish-born artist Fredda Brilliant (1903-99).

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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Coin from reign of Allectus found in field makes house record at Dix Noonan Webb

10 June 2019

A rare Roman gold aureus, found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent earlier this year, was hammered down at Dix Noonan Webb last week for a house record £460,000.

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‘New addition’ to the Lewis chessmen

10 June 2019

Sotheby’s believes it has found a missing piece from the Lewis chessmen hoard – the cache of 12th or 13th century walrus ivory carvings that chiefly resides in the British Museum.

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Swansea ice pail takes a cool £38,000 result

10 June 2019

An impressive 8in (20cm) high ice pail, cover and liner made what is thought to be a record auction result for Swansea porcelain when it sold for £38,000 hammer at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on June 5.

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Selective Russian auction series maintains capacity to wow

10 June 2019

The latest week of Russian art auctions in London generated £35.8m including premium, the highest total for a June series in this category since 2014.

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Meet the ‘last living Surrealist’ – Desmond Morris on painting and collecting

10 June 2019

Desmond Morris on his many lives as a zoologist, painter, author and collector

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CLOCKS: Quare and Tompion – Rivals who clicked in London's Golden Age

10 June 2019

Golden Age collaboration between two London clockmakers leads a look at the market including hammer highlights, auction previews and dealer news.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rare pair of Jagger statues, a Winston Churchill letter and an Indian toy soldier

10 June 2019

With estimates from £500-400,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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US auctioneer Hindman to launch buy-it-now option as it seeks to be ‘America's premier mid-market auction house’

10 June 2019

Chicago-headquartered US auctioneer Hindman, formerly Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, has an ambitious agenda that goes beyond its recent rebrand.

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