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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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Coronavirus: latest changes to auctions and fairs dates

09 April 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, many fairs and auctions have been cancelled or postponed in both the UK and overseas. Here is a list of events that ATG is aware have been affected so far and this story will be updated as we receive further information.

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Remote control: Intrepid auctioneers find ways to sell – and deliver – at distance

06 April 2020

Auction houses across the country are grappling with the practicalities of staging auctions safely as the UK enters its third week of the government-sanctioned shutdown.

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‘I felt more like a YouTuber than an auctioneer’

06 April 2020

There were two in the room when British Bespoke Auctions held a four-and-a half hour sale last week. On the rostrum on April 1, in an office rather than the saleroom (which is closed), was Nicholas Granger. Behind him was Bella, a blue-and-gold macaw who has been by his side for 20 years.

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Cat’s out of the bag – May emerges from behind the Morris curtain

06 April 2020

Although often overshadowed by her famous father William, May Morris (1862-1938) was herself an important figure in the British Arts & Crafts movement.

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Pick of the week: The Kashmir shawl of a former governor of India

06 April 2020

The recent auction held ‘live online’ by Aldridges of Bath included this spectacular hand-woven north Indian long shawl, or dochalla. It came with a colonial provenance.

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Hugh Cronyn pictures emerge as Chiswick Auctions' sale focuses on West London artists

06 April 2020

Artists who flourished in and around the Chiswick and Hammersmith borders in London after the Second World War feature in an upcoming sale this month.

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Asian art zingers in Zurich sale

06 April 2020

Some keenly contested examples of Asian art featured in the large sale held by Schuler in Zurich on March 23-27.

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Shorthorn Society collection in the spotlight at Carlisle auction

06 April 2020

Books, catalogues, ephemera, pictures and other material from the collections of the Shorthorn Society of the United Kingdom & Ireland formed a significant part of a recent Carlisle sale.

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Tiffany and Lalique link up for glass highlights

06 April 2020

Tiffany and Lalique glassware from a private New York City collector provided some of the highlights in the Clarke Auction Gallery (25% buyer’s premium) online and phone bidding sale.

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Kookaburra flies into Cumbrian saleroom

06 April 2020

Maud O’Reilly (1886-1971), a key figure in Queensland’s Arts & Crafts movement and a student of the LJ Harvey school, showed her pottery at a number of British exhibitions in the mid 1920s.

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Witch pickings in salerooms

06 April 2020

Puritan Cotton Mather’s defence of executions is latest work on the subject to surface.

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Sex Pistols ‘holy grail’ is punk pick

06 April 2020

Among a 200-lot list of vinyl records by a galaxy of rock and pop stars, punk provided the outstanding performance at Cottees’ (18% buyer’s premium) specialist sale at Poole.

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Graduation oil painting by artist who worked on Diaghilev set designs soars to six figures

06 April 2020

An early work by Boris Anisfeld titled 'Adam and Eve' made one of the highest prices in the Russian paintings and works of art auction at Shapiro (25% buyer’s premium) in New York

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 7-25, 2020

06 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 7-25, 2020.

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Edwardian footballer's career and tragic ending remembered in memorabilia sale

06 April 2020

The first 20 lots of the recent football memorabilia sale at Stacey’s in Rayleigh, Essex came from the family of the Edwardian player Benjamin Warren (1879-1917).

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Auction explorers locate rare silver pocket watch

06 April 2020

An unusual late Victorian silver pocket watch by Herbert Blockley of London sold for an unexpected £2800 at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Stoke-on- Trent.

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Auerbach’s theatrical flourish in Scarborough

06 April 2020

An unsigned Frank Auerbach (b.1931) sketch in coloured inks of Camden Theatre in London, a favourite subject of the artist, emerged as the top-selling lot at Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Second tranche of pictures from dealer Duncan Campbell's collection sold in Newbury

06 April 2020

A group of pictures from the collection of the late art dealer Duncan Campbell, who died in 2011, were among the lots drawing interest at Dreweatts.

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Spring auction brings varied array of Asian art to Lewes along with European treats

06 April 2020

A cross-section of Asian art – Qing porcelain, Meiji Satsuma and Euro-Asiatic ivories – provided the prizes at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) spring sale held in Lewes.

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Linthorpe pottery dish showing how Christopher Dresser looked to Fiji for inspiration sells in Rotherham

06 April 2020

A Linthorpe pottery dish designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser sold online well over a £400-600 estimate for £4200 at Paul Beighton (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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