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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Whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin signed album and original cover artwork

13 August 2020

There were good times but no bad times for the vendors of Led Zeppelin memorabilia which came to auction recently and flew beyond estimates.

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Did these spectacles to be auctioned in Bristol once belong to Mahatma Gandhi?

12 August 2020

A pair of glasses believed to have once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) are to be offered at auction in Bristol this month.

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New Devon auction house and a relocation for a Home Counties collectables specialist – the latest regional auction house news

11 August 2020

Movers and shakers – an update on auction house moves across the regions.

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Film producer buys Seacole bust for 101 times the estimate

10 August 2020

A terracotta sculpture of Mary Seacole (1805-81) sparked fierce competition at Dominic Winter.

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Innovative masterpiece: Pioneering 16th-century pistol trebles estimate at Thomas Del Mar auction

10 August 2020

A mid-16th century 54-bore south German breech-loading wheel-lock holster pistol trebled its top estimate to take £75,000 at a recent sale held by Thomas Del Mar.

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An Art Deco figure, a rare cocktail book and a Mod Brit watercolour are among the eight lots to watch at auction this week

10 August 2020

With estimates from £250-12,000 here are eight previews of upcoming items this week.

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Three pieces of wonderful Worcester highlight the work of a trio of factories

10 August 2020

Pictured here are three good examples of Worcester hard-paste porcelain from the early decades of the 19th century – at which time there was a trio of factories operating in the city.

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Collectors give Grosvenor artist Greengrass a try

10 August 2020

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School provided an ideal medium to portray speed and movement in the inter-war machine age – and were perfect for sport subjects too. Those created by Sybil Andrews, such as her classic speedway image, are the best known on this theme.

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Player promotes Player’s

10 August 2020

Victor Mee Auctions’ Irish Pub Memorabilia & Collectibles sale on August 12 will offer Irish football and hurling lovers and collectors the chance to bid on three advertising figurines, estimated at €200-450 each.

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Dresden Shepherds get bidders flocking in

10 August 2020

Pair thought to be Derby are rated as Gilbody rarities by specialist and dealer who competed

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Two collections of football programmes at auction surge over estimates

10 August 2020

While Manchester United and early FA Cup match programmes often make the big money at auction, a group on offer at a West Sussex saleroom showed that far less famous names can also make the running.

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Artists answer call of Algeria and Tunisia

10 August 2020

A work by the Orientalist artist Alphonse Etienne Dinet (1861-1929) was the object of keen competition at Drouot Estimations (24% buyer’s premium) in Paris.

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Glasgow comes to the aid of Greece

10 August 2020

Each bearing estimates of £300-400, two lots in a summer online auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) brought substantially higher rewards.

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Auction previews: issue 2454

10 August 2020

Eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

Seeing stars for the first time

10 August 2020

Copy of newspaper containing what became the US national anthem makes sale appearance

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Foujita trio emerges in Paris group

10 August 2020

Tajan (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale offering three paintings by Léonard Tusguharu Foujita (1886-1968).

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Chairs make it count in furniture array

10 August 2020

Eighteenth century seat furniture took the top honours in Artcurial’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) two-day sale of furniture and works of art in Paris.

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Sewing box takes Bleasdales’ top spot

10 August 2020

Delayed for a month by the pandemic, the specialist sewing sale held as a timed online auction on thesaleroom.com at Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium) of Warwick proved a profitable stitch in time. The sale, which covered the gamut of collectables, closed with only 16 of the 665 lots failing to get away.

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Thorburns break from country house cover

10 August 2020

The contents of a country house in Exmouth turned up not one but two large watercolours by Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935), the pre-eminent British painter of ornithological subjects.

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Selling rate strong for Scottish art

10 August 2020

Just three lots unsold in Edinburgh auction as private and international bidders dominate

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