Auctions

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


Flemish cabinets

Spanish Royal cabinets and Marie Antoinette’s writing table to be offered as part of Rothschild collection at Christie’s

25 April 2019

Furniture, works of art and Old Master paintings collected by members of the famous Rothschild banking family are to be offered for auction by Christie’s in London as part of its summer season sales.

‘Landscape with Walton Bridges’ by JMW Turner

Japanese vendor consigns JMW Turner landscape to Sotheby’s auction in London

25 April 2019

A late work by JMW Turner (1775-1851) depicting a Surrey landscape that was once owned by the banker JP Morgan will be offered at Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London this summer.

Meiji vase

Meiji-period cloisonné enamel vase heads back to Japan after auction in Kent

25 April 2019

A Meiji period vase by one of the greatest exponents of the intricate art of cloisonné enamel will be heading back to its country of origin after its sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

Coca-Cola bottle

Early prototype Coca-Cola bottle takes $110,000 at auction in Las Vegas

24 April 2019

An early Coca-Cola bottle, a 1915 prototype of the design still used today, has been sold at auction for a premium-inclusive $110,700 (a hammer price of $92,250).

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a snuff box, an RMS Lusitania biscuit and a tall boy from retiring Stamford dealers

23 April 2019

With estimates from £300-12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Poul Henningsen’s grand piano

“I designed something entirely new” – early 1930s glass grand piano draws attention in Paris sale

22 April 2019

A Modernist grand piano from 1931 by the Danish designer Poul Henningsen was the toast of a dedicated Scandinavian design sale held by Artcurial in Paris.

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Prime ministers’ auctions: British political memorabilia goes under the hammer

20 April 2019

Take a break from the high-stress business of reading about British politics and take a look at some of the lots relating to former prime ministers coming up for auction.

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An Old Master jigsaw puzzler

19 April 2019

Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.

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Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work

19 April 2019

A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).

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Pick of the week: Gill puts WH Smith on the map

19 April 2019

A large oil on panel map by MacDonald Gill celebrating the presence of stationer WH Smith on the British high street in the 1920s was hammered down at £50,000 in Gloucestershire.

Lucie Rie bowl

James I silver box, Lucie Rie bowl and a mahogany side table – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

19 April 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a James I silver shell box, a stoneware footed bowl by Lucie Rie and a George II mahogany side table.

Lucas van Leyden

Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

Martin Drolling painting

19th century French genre interior scene doubles estimate in Paris auction

19 April 2019

An early 19th century painting by the artist Martin Drölling (1752-1817), which came to auction with a preparatory drawing and its companion pendant work has sold in Paris for €235,000 (£200,855), more than double the estimate.

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South German chalice displays history and workmanship deserving of museum quality status

19 April 2019

Despite the general controversy about the material – one that has momentarily taken a back seat as Brexit eats parliamentary time – an exceptional ivory work of art still has the capacity to impress in the saleroom.

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Paris Drawings Week provides range of prices

19 April 2019

Drawings Week in the French capital included a wide variety of styles, eras and value. Pictured here is a selection of highlights and some more affordable items from the vast array of works on paper of all types offered during Drawings Week in Paris in late March.

Signed Oscar Wilde first edition of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' makes £19,700... but inscribed copies can make more

19 April 2019

Bid to £19,700 in a recent sale was one of 100 signed, large paper firsts of Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of Being Earnest' published by Leonard Smithers in 1899.

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Auction house looks beyond Lakeland for diverse lots

19 April 2019

In the proud tradition of UK provincial auction houses, the 2000-lot, three-day sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) offered a world of artefacts from way beyond its Lakeland base of Cockermouth.

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Bid Barometer

19 April 2019

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period April 11-17, 2019. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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First part of Hayhurst library sale is a huge 1139 lots

19 April 2019

Given that the sale ran to a huge 1139 lots, the April 2-4 dispersal in Harrogate of the first part of the library of Robert James Hayhurst may be considered to have done well in achieving a selling rate of 85% at that gathering of Elzevir and other early printed works.

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Three Grand Prix toys on the grid at Brightwells auction

19 April 2019

Detailed down to pneumatic tyres, knock-off hub caps and rack-and-pinion steering, the clockwork toy of Alfa Romeo’s P2, the world-beating racing car between 1924-30, was produced by CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet) from 1924-35.

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