Auctions

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


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McTear’s hosts first bagpipe auction to coincide with Scottish festival

13 August 2019

August in Scotland is famous for its programme of arts across The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe events.

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The latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market including new auctions in cars and collectables

13 August 2019

An update on recent appointments or launches at auction houses and dealers.

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Records tumble in sizzling summer sales

12 August 2019

The sale of a £200,000 Chinese vase in Suffolk completed a trio of house records across the regions that belied the usually quiet auction season.

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Pick of the week: Sale supplies simple bear accessory of life as Doulton Lambeth discovery found among the weeds

12 August 2019

When auctioneer Tony Pratt spotted a mysterious shape in the undergrowth of a back garden in Hythe he wasn’t expecting to uncover a very large pottery bear.

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Fresh ‘Constable sketch’ emerges from Holland Park home

12 August 2019

A sketch attributed to John Constable (1776-1837) uncovered in a Holland Park home is to be offered at auction in Maidenhead – the latest in a string of Constable sketch discoveries.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a vintage petrol pump, George II candlesticks and a model of HMS Victory

12 August 2019

With estimates from £300-6000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Pick of the pistol hammer highs

12 August 2019

Fine sets of pistols, preferably nicely cased, have long been the mainstay of London arms and armour sales. This season’s crop were not as plentiful nor so eagerly contested as we sometimes see, but there were some gems on offer and a selection of them are illustrated here.

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Prolific painter pair appears in Dorset saleroom

12 August 2019

Landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1821-86) is described in Christopher Wood’s Dictionary of Victorian Painters as “a prolific and variable painter, and his prices vary accordingly”.

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Stopping power to halt an angry tiger

12 August 2019

In the days of the British Raj there was no shortage of would-be shikaris hoping to bag a tiger in India. At the same time plenty of London gunsmiths were ready to supply them with all the fire-power they could persuade them to buy.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £750 or under including Edgar Wood oil painting

12 August 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £750 or under, including an oil by designer known more for Arts & Crafts jewellery and furniture.

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Miss Timber sells in Tennessee

12 August 2019

Large 18th century English doll passed by descent is a highlight of toy auctions.

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Thar she blows for auction record

12 August 2019

Published in 1851 by Richard Bentley as The Whale, the first English edition of Herman Melville’s tale preceded the American issue by four weeks.

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Take the whaleway

12 August 2019

Shown below is ‘Un Baleinobus’, one of a rare series of 78 chromlitho illustrations featured on eight uncut stock cards or sheets that sold for £1000 as part of a Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) sale of July 31.

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Robot at the rocket wheel

12 August 2019

This c.1960s Japanese Robot Rocket Ship made by Modern Toys (Masudaya) will feature in the two-day Basics summer auction to be held by Bertoia on August 22-23.

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Summer sale quest for first Harry Potter editions

12 August 2019

Copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone impressed in several summer sales.

British and Irish book auctions: August 13-September 1, 2019

12 August 2019

ATG's regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Eager for Hever armour as suit from famous collection reappears

12 August 2019

In May 1983 the eyes of arms and armour bidders were fixed firmly on the £6m sale of the Hever Castle collection at Sotheby’s in London.

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Clown acrobat swings in

12 August 2019

This clown acrobat of c.1910 is one of around 150 automata from the Michael Kam collection that feature in the Potter & Potter August 24 auction in Chicago.

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Siamese sword has eastern edge

12 August 2019

The huge variety of exotic arms brought back to Europe from the East during colonial days is becoming an increasingly lucrative area of business for auction houses.

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Sikh tulwar in Italian saleroom

12 August 2019

Edged weapons from the East were also an important part of the sale held by Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) in Sarzano, Italy, on June 16.

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