Auctions

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


Sevres

Egyptian figures and Sèvres saucers among the five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

22 February 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a pair of Sèvres cups and saucers and Egyptian faience shabti figures.

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10 things in northern England for antiques enthusiasts including a collectors weekend in Cumbria

22 February 2019

The art and antiques market gets busy in March with events such as TEFAF Maastricht, the BADA 2019 fair and London’s contemporary art evening auctions, but for art and antiques fans not travelling to London or the Low Countries, there is plenty going on in northern England in the same month.

Anthony van Dyck portrait

Hungarian government helps Budapest museum purchase £5m Anthony van Dyck portrait of English princess at Christie’s auction

21 February 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has announced that it bought the Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, that sold for £5m at Christie’s in December.

Paul Gauguin view of Pissarro’s garden

Paul Gauguin garden scene with bonus of the artist’s ‘earliest’ self portraits on the back

21 February 2019

A three-in-one opportunity to purchase rare early works by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) comes up in Paris this month.

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Original shirt for the All Black of 1905 who became a rugby league All Gold is up for sale at Cardiff saleroom Rogers Jones

20 February 2019

Three and a half years ago Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones set a world record for a rugby shirt at auction when a jersey from the 1905-06 New Zealand tour to the UK made £180,000 – and now another All Blacks shirt from that era is on offer from the same auction house.

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Unopened Super Mario Bros video game sets auction record in the US

19 February 2019

An unopened copy of the classic video game Super Mario Bros set a new auction record when it recently sold in Dallas, Texas for $80,000 (£62,000). The game is the only known sealed example from a test market release in 1985.

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Votes for Women anniversary effect lasts into 2019 with a fresh Suffragette consignment

19 February 2019

Anniversaries can tempt out collections to auction but it can have a longer-lasting effect. Last year marked the centenary of votes for women in Britain and a lot coming up in 2019 shows the consignments are still out there.

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Tennants posts £13.3m sales for 2018

18 February 2019

In 2018 Tennants of Leyburn recorded a hammer turnover of £13.3m – an increase of roughly £1m from the previous year.

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Eye for rare Royal Worcester at Paul Reeves auction

18 February 2019

Among the most eagerly-contested lots in the Paul Reeves: An Eye For Design sale at Lyon & Turnbull was this set of Royal Worcester porcelain wall brackets, c.1865, allegorical of the four seasons.

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Two Meiji cloisonné masters emerge in the regions

18 February 2019

Two fine examples of Meiji period cloisonné brought similar multi-estimate sums at regional auctions earlier this month.

Rembrandt’s ‘Head of a Young Man’

Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed as buyer of £8.2m Rembrandt portrait at Sotheby’s

18 February 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been revealed as the buyer of the small Rembrandt oil painting that led Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London at the end of last year after it went on view at the museum in the United Arab Emirates.

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Captain Scarlet doll, Napoleon’s signature, and other art and antiques to buy in the East of England next week

18 February 2019

A 1967 doll from the classic show 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions' is among the art and antiques going under the hammer in the East of England next week.

Maori pendant

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Versace tiara sketch, a Tompion clock and a Maori carving

18 February 2019

With estimates from £800-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

British and Irish book auctions: February 19-March 3, 2019

18 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 19-March 3, 2019.

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Revived auction house Hutchinson Scott powers forward

18 February 2019

After re-booting the moribund firm of Hutchinson Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in 2016, former dealers Michael Scott and Paul Hodson have now bought their premises at Embsay Mill at Skipton.

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No, it isn’t a huge carrot…

18 February 2019

It’s not every day you see an auctioneer holding a 5ft 6in (1.67m) long sperm whale penis. Then again, it’s not every day that you see the sort of lots that are offered in Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary auction.

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George IV carriage clock made by James Murray sells over 10-times estimate McTear’s

18 February 2019

Given a surprising £200-300 estimate, a George IV brass and glass carriage clock was one of the stars of McTear’s (23% buyer’s premium) Glasgow sale on February 1.

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Paris sale to offer range of animalier bronzes

18 February 2019

Animalier bronzes will be on offer at Drouot in the coming weeks.

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At face value: coins and medals sales recover after 2017 dip

18 February 2019

It is a quarter of a century since ATG’s first overview of London’s numismatic auction market. Here we review the heads and the tails of 2018.

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Etruscan revival gold bracelet emerges in Maine auction

18 February 2019

A rich spread of American, European and Asian material is on offer at Thomaston Place’s latest Winter Weekend auction to be held over three days from March 1-3 in Thomaston, Maine.

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