Auctions


St Peter

Former Frick director's personal collection to appear at Old Master auction

30 September 2016

The personal collection of the Frick Collection’s former director has been consigned to Christie’s New York where it is set to lead their Old Masters sale next month.

Bracelet by Christian Ludwig Qwist

The Australian gold rush of 2016 – bracelet takes £57,000 in Chorley’s auction

30 September 2016

A remarkable Australian gold rush era bracelet was sold by Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey Park earlier this month for £57,000. The buyer was an Australian private collector.

Robert Salmon marine painting

Robert Salmon painting leaps to a house record in Cumbria

29 September 2016

Robert Salmon’s 1814 oil painting ‘The Frigate William Fell off Greenock’ set a house record at Mitchells of Cockermouth earlier this month when it was knocked down at £79,000.

Matriarch by Frederick Edward McWilliam

Irish art dealer’s collection chalks up over €600,000 at Dublin auction

29 September 2016

Works from the estate of the late Irish art dealer George McClelland helped Dublin saleroom Whyte’s post their best result for an art auction since April 2008.

Orangerie at Versailles by Hubert Robert

Versailles takes its pick and buys picture of the château orangerie

28 September 2016

The Château of Versailles exercised its right of pre-emption to acquire an 18th century painting of its orangerie that was offered at auction.

Benin plaque

Benin plaque surfaces in Virginia auction after family dispute

27 September 2016

One of the famed 16th century bronze plaques recovered from the charred ruins of the Benin Kingdom’s royal palace carries an estimate of $800,000-$1.2m at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Virginia on October 1.

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Doing thy bidding – Stoneware from Canterbury Cathedral raises £210,000

27 September 2016

Canterbury Cathedral’s prayers were answered when every one of the 144 lots from its cathedral stone sale were sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries at the weekend.

Jean Dubuffet's Visiteur au chapeau bleu

Christie's announce highlights of Leslie Waddington's £12m art collection

26 September 2016

The art collection of the late Leslie Waddington, the pioneering contemporary art dealer, will go to auction next week and includes works by 20th-century icons such as Milton Avery, Josef Albers, Francis Picabia and Jean Dubuffet.

Reagan's Berlin wall

Reagan result rises beyond expectation at auction of president's memorabilia

26 September 2016

A sale of items once owned by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy soared to a hammer total of $5.74m at Christie’s New York last week.

Paris Metro seats

Eiffel Tower girder among lots up for auction at Drouot

24 September 2016

Fancy owning a piece of the Eiffel Tower, the ceiling from a Parisian boulangerie or butcher’s shop or an old seat from the Metro?

Collage screen by Kenneth Halliwell

Islington Museum buys collage by Joe Orton's lover at auction

23 September 2016

Islington Museum has paid £8000 for a screen collage by Joe Orton's lover and killer Kenneth Halliwell at a JP Humbert auction this week.

Hugh Edmeades

Christie’s gavel master Hugh Edmeades to become independent freelance auctioneer

23 September 2016

For gavel master Hugh Edmeades, remembering all the lots sold across a thirty-eight year career at Christie's could have been an impossible task if it were not for the fact he had kept a diary and written down everything he has ever sold.

Welcome Arts

A new art auction hub seeks to rival eBay and similar platforms with low rates

22 September 2016

A new online auction platform featuring free listings and eight percent commission launched yesterday.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch helps fashion Sotheby's contemporary auction

22 September 2016

Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch's stylistic input helped Sotheby’s sell £1.8m at its latest contemporary sale.

Pietra Dure cabinet

Cabinet with royal provenance goes west to the the Getty

21 September 2016

Not many cabinets can have been owned by a pope and a king but a piece of furniture bought by the J Paul Getty Museum at Sotheby’s Paris can make that proud claim.

Cotswold Showroom

Cotswold auction house acquire new permanent home

21 September 2016

The Cotswold Auction Company have moved into a new permanent saleroom in Cirencester.

Song dynasty

Twin odes to tea in New York's Asia week auctions

21 September 2016

SPECTACULAR sums were paid for Chinese ceramics devoted to tea drinking during last week’s Asian works of art sales in New York.

D-Day flag

D-Day Landings flag up for auction in Kent

20 September 2016

A D-Day Landings Omaha Beach flag is being offered at C&T Auctioneers on September 28.

Queen Victoria's drawers

Queen Victoria's knickers break auction record

20 September 2016

A pair of Queen Victoria's drawers sold for a record-breaking £16,250 at Christie’s South Kensington on September 14.

Fijian fork

Cannibal fork from Fiji gobbled up at auction

19 September 2016

A Fijian cannibal fork was sold at Duke’s in Dorchester for £7500 on September 16.

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