Auctions

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


Bronze

Rare Summer Palace bronze found in British seaside bungalow returns to China

11 December 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been returned to China.

Victoria Beckham

Female focus for latest Old Masters tie-up between fashion designer Victoria Beckham and auction house Sotheby’s

10 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s teamed up with fashion designer Victoria Beckham on an Old Master art exhibition for the second time this year.

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Different faces of the Old Masters market

10 December 2018

A series of portraits by some of the biggest names in the Old Master market led the way at the latest sales in this category in London. Among them were two versions of a Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait – one fully ascribed to the artist.

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‘A quite extraordinary day’ as sleeping Asian bronzes bring multi-estimate sums in regions

10 December 2018

Two under-catalogued Sino-Tibetan bronzes illuminated the regional saleroom scene with multi-estimate sums in the final days of November.

Martin Brothers

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a mirror linked to the Titanic and a Martin Brothers pottery dog.

10 December 2018

With estimates from £1500 to £30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Einstein and his word on God at Christie’s New York

10 December 2018

Written just a year before his death in 1955, a famous two-page letter in which Albert Einstein put down his thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity and his own search for the meaning of life sold for $2.4m (£1.89m) in a New York auction on December 4.

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‘New high’ for Hornby Dublo

10 December 2018

A toy engine offered at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold for what is thought to be a new world record for a Hornby Dublo locomotive.

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Steiff teddy bear all dressed up for a wedding

10 December 2018

This very rare bear shown below made a very high price for such a small fellow – just 14cm (5½in) high.

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First edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice makes £38,000 at Bonhams

10 December 2018

Literary high spots of a Bonhams (25/10/12% buyer’s premium) sale of November 27 included a three-volume, 1813 first of Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice'.

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Potlids cover themselves in glory to nearly sell out

10 December 2018

It is 40 years since 19th century potlids were the collectables of choice but there is still a very active market for them.

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Russian botanical work blooms in Germany

10 December 2018

Along with Pallas’ 'Flora Russica', the 'Icones Plantarum novarum… floram Rossicam' of the German-Estonian botanist Carl Friedrich von Ledebour is recognised as one of the great works on Russian flora.

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Musical duet offering from Bowie and Sheeran

10 December 2018

Musicians from different generations provided sound results at Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller (19% buyer’s premium).

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Auctioneers offer golden oldies

10 December 2018

Illustrated here are some of the oldest lots ever auctioned – three in the Evolution Sale at on November 20 at Summers Place Auctions (25/20% buyer’s premium) of Billingshurst, West Sussex, and the other from Fonsie Mealy (23% buyer’s premium inc VAT) of Castlecomer, Ireland, in a sale held on the same day.

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Bid Barometer

10 December 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period November 29-December 5 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Caterpillar tracked

10 December 2018

Bram van der Stok MBE was not only the most decorated aviator in Dutch history and one of just three men to successfully flee POW Camp Stalag Luft III in the ‘Great Escape’, but also a proud member of the Caterpillar Club.

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Buyer of chess rarity on board at £7000

10 December 2018

Arthur Saul’s Famous Game of Chesse-Play…, the first published book on the game written by an Englishman, came out in 1614.

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Tyndale Bible is eye-opener at Chiswick Auctions

10 December 2018

Dated 1536 and printed in Antwerp, a defective copy of what is known as the ‘mole’ edition of Tyndale’s Newe Testament – so called from the mole (or perhaps hedgehog) depicted on a stone on which St Paul’s foot is resting in one of the many woodcut illustrations – made £30,000 in a recent London sale.

British and Irish book auctions: December 11-20, 2018

10 December 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from December 11-20, 2018.

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Traditional festive feel warms sales

10 December 2018

The festive season is upon us. And as art market tradition dictates, this means a generous helping of Old Masters.

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Child’s play also for grown-ups: a look at the toys and games market

10 December 2018

Originally given as presents to infants, early dolls, rocking horses and even board games can now inspire passions among collectors far surpassing the delight of children on Christmas morning and far exceeding most doting parents’ budgets.

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