Auctions

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


British and Irish book auctions: August 20-September 9, 2019

19 August 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Previews: £501 - £3000

19 August 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Bussy bird flies to five figures

19 August 2019

Mid-20th century animal study contrasts with traditional ornithological work in same auction.

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Bid Barometer

19 August 2019

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

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Previews: £3001 - £5000

19 August 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Last gasp of Romantic style before Realist

19 August 2019

Drawing keen interest at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Derbyshire last month was a work by Belgian painter Francois Joseph Navez (1787-1869), an artist who rarely appears in the UK salerooms.

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Montague Dawson puts Maine auction in the mix

19 August 2019

From a Boston fireman’s helmet to an Islamic 13th century marble panel, the large mixed-discipline summer sale to be held by US auction house Thomaston Place in Maine over three days from August 23-25 ranges widely in terms of date and type.

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Pre-war Dinky toys deliver in specialist auction

19 August 2019

Two rare pre-war Dinky trade boxes which had been in loft storage for two generations appeared for sale in Lincolnshire. Toy specialist M&M Auctions (21.6% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Spalding offered them on behalf of a family who had owned the toys since new in the mid-1930s.

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Previews: £5001 - £30,000

19 August 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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English mystery and crime fiction from renowned collector

19 August 2019

A group of 481 rare book lots from the personal collection of renowned collector in the New York literary community features in Heritage Auctions’ rare books sale on September 5.

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Dining scene is Tayler made to succeed

19 August 2019

One of the highest prices for Albert Chevallier Tayler (1862-1925) at a UK auction in the last 10 years was achieved at Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest picture sale when a late Victorian ‘period’ scene attracted multiple bidders.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £700 or under including Harold Dearden's slice of social history

19 August 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £700 or under, including social history scenes.

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Husband-and-wife artists potential stars in Sydney sale

19 August 2019

Two French scenes by much-travelled husband-and-wife artists Ethel Carrick (1872-1952) and Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) are highlights of Sotheby’s sale of Australian Art to be held in Sydney on August 27.

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St Agatha returns to Osterley Park after nearly ninety years away

17 August 2019

A painting of the early Christian martyr St Agatha by Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616-87) will return to Osterley Park and House in Middlesex where it once hung.

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Heinz fan Ed Sheeran helps auction ketchup bottles at Christie’s

16 August 2019

Heinz is celebrating 150 years of the brand with a series of events including a charity auction with singer Ed Sheeran at Christie’s.

Greenwich Park after Thomas Hearne

George II tablespoon, engraving of Greenwich Park and rare 17th century spinet – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

16 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a George II tablespoon that made 15-times estimate and an engraving of Greenwich Park that made 10-times estimate.

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Somerset field is first time lucky for metal detectorist after rare Roman gold coin discovery

14 August 2019

A metal detectorist searching in a new field for the first time was rewarded with the discovery of a rare Roman solidus coin.

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Sotheby’s holds Scottish art preview at new Edinburgh home

14 August 2019

Sotheby’s is holding a three-day preview at its new Edinburgh premises with around 50 lots of Scottish art on view which will then be offered for sale in London in September.

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Prince Albert’s royal dressing gown to return to palace after auction

13 August 2019

A dressing gown worn by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert (1819-61) has been bought by the Historic Royal Palaces and will go on display at Kensington Palace.

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Fabergé sedan chair model comes to auction in Cirencester

13 August 2019

A miniature gold, jade and rock crystal sedan chair by Fabergé has been consigned for sale at the Cotswold Auction Company in Cirencester.

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