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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London Art Week announces details of summer schedule

10 April 2021

Details of the selling exhibitions in galleries in central London and online this summer have been announced by London Art Week (LAW).

Oak armorial head

Armorial head with link to Anne Boleyn stars in this week’s pick of five auction highlights

09 April 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 16th century oak head of a crowned leopard that made 10-times estimate in Essex.

Artemisia Gentileschi Lucretia

Californian museum acquires Gentileschi’s ‘record’ Lucretia picture

08 April 2021

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired a work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593- c.1654) that had previously sold for a record auction price in 2019.

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A Lalique bowl and a Rolex Submariner are among four lots to watch at auction

06 April 2021

With estimates from £300-12,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Pick of the week: The 'earliest known portrait of an African in Persian art’

05 April 2021

Among the highlights of last week’s Islamic and Indian art sales in London was this late Safavid portrait of a mercenary in the Persian army painted in the cosmopolitan city of Isfahan c.1680-90.

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$1.9m record for British coin set in Dallas

05 April 2021

The record for a British coin has been broken again with the sale at Heritage Auctions in Dallas of an Edward VIII proof pattern £5 for $1.9m (£1.39m).

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Cold courage comes into play for Victoria Cross from First World War

05 April 2021

“I joined up as a youngster for a bit of fun, but it didn’t turn out like that. We were young men made old before our time.”

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Mountbatten family collection raises £5.6m at Sotheby’s

05 April 2021

Sotheby’s reported 1400 bidders from 55 countries participating in the auction of the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017).

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Venus copies old and new

05 April 2021

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, has been a favourite subject in art since ancient times.

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Hound kept in garage

05 April 2021

Classic Hammer Horror film posters are always popular at auction. This example below was probably the first UK quad release of The Hound of The Baskervilles (1959) starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

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Tazza with baronial background offered in Lisbon

05 April 2021

This gold-mounted trefoil shaped rock crystal tazza, dated to the 18th century, will feature in the sale of antiques, works of art, silver and jewellery at Veritas in Lisbon on April 14-15.

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Wow – Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel early days

05 April 2021

One of the oldest and rarest Charlie Chaplin posters to come to the market was offered at a Californian auction house on March 15.

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Auction previews: issue 2487

05 April 2021

A selection of 16 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Entertainment memorabilia: Cover stories

05 April 2021

The name Abbey Road has gone far beyond its significance as a smart street in north London thanks to renowned music studios and a seminal album

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Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones poster successes

05 April 2021

A highlight of the Omega (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT) Punk, Indie & New Wave auction on January 26 was an original listing poster for the Sex Pistols’ ill-fated 1976 Anarchy tour.

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Inspired by Sir Walter Scott

05 April 2021

Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites

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Bowie unreleased and unheard

05 April 2021

Space for an oddity in your vinyl collection? David Bowie fans obviously feel that way.

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Hat that fell to Earth and a Strange tale about a suit

05 April 2021

As the sale title suggested, plenty of Bowie material appeared in Omega’s (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT) David Bowie & Glam Rock Vinyl Records & Memorabilia auction earlier this year.

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Battle mags and Dr Who go into action

05 April 2021

Publishers’ file copies of the first 199 issues of War Picture Library, pocket-sized and essentially pictorial publications of the years 1958-63, brought a bid of £3250 in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale.

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Another Agatha Christie record

05 April 2021

First published in the UK as a ‘Collins Crime Club’ title in 1970, an Agatha Christie novel brought a bid of £850 at Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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