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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Pick of the week: Pocketwatch with Oliver Cromwell connection sells in Cumbria

05 August 2019

Did a watch offered for sale in Carlisle at the end of July once belong to Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)? Two centuries of provenance suggest it did.

Doulton bear

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Doulton brown bear, an oak chest and a Greek bronze helmet

05 August 2019

With estimates from £150-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Dracula lobby card

Dracula lobby cards from 1931 film taken to record high in Dallas

05 August 2019

Two lobby cards for the 1931 film ‘Dracula’ led Heritage Auctions’ latest sale of movie posters when each sold for a six-figure sum.

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Sales build on Bauhaus design for life

05 August 2019

Centenary of the hugely influential school’s foundation prompts a string of auctions.

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Music poster group makes major hit at auction

05 August 2019

A lot comprising 31 posters plugging top groups and festivals from 1969-72 was the major hit at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Photographs, Posters and Prints sale.

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Postcards showcase big names of the future

05 August 2019

In its active years, some 1200 students passed through the Bauhaus school. It marked the starting point of many an illustrious career as numerous members of the teaching staff went on to become the most important artists of their era.

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Metalware provides a wide price range for buyers to ponder

05 August 2019

Metalware in all its forms played a major part in the development of the Bauhaus and recent sales contained examples in every price range.

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Supply gain as London's Old Master series goes on the rise

05 August 2019

It may be a well-rehearsed refrain, but the Old Master market is much more subject to vagaries of supply than demand. Almost without fail, when high-quality fresh material is offered, bidders will come. Just getting it in the first place is the hard part.

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Teniers ham dinner brings home the bacon

05 August 2019

Christie’s highest price for an Old Master this summer came in the stand-alone Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection sale on July 4.

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Bid Barometer

05 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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Bauhaus: Miscellaneous manufacturing including ceramics from Velten-Vordamm factory

05 August 2019

One of the offshoots of the Bauhaus was the ceramic factory in Velten-Vordamm, just north of Berlin. Much of the stoneware designed by the ceramic artists at the school was executed there, several examples of which came up for sale at Quittenbaum.

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Buck’s 'The Good Earth' makes rare appearance in San Francisco

05 August 2019

Published in 1931, Pearl S Buck’s 'The Good Earth' was the best-selling novel in the US for both that and the following year, as well as the winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

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Bauhaus: Breuer name boosts furniture sale appeal

05 August 2019

One the most productive Bauhaus furniture designers was the Hungarian-born Marcel Breuer (1902-81). From 1925-28 he was in charge of the so-called interior workshop at the design school.

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Adventures in the saleroom with Enid Blyton books

05 August 2019

A copy of 'The Island of Adventure' offered in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale of June 19-20 sold for £360 – just £10 short of the auction record set for a copy it had offered back in 2006.

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Thai silver tea kettle bid to triple estimate at Leicestershire auction

05 August 2019

An exceptional example of Thai silversmithing has sold for £13,500 (plus 17.5% buyer’s premium) in Leicestershire.

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Son of a slave paints saintly image

05 August 2019

While the vast majority of works at Old Master sales are by European artists, an unusual offering at Bonhams’ sale on July 3 was a Latin American work by a painter with Afro-Caribbean ancestry.

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French summer auction action goes coastal

05 August 2019

Paris may have largely shut its saleroom doors for the summer months but beyond the capital, particularly around the French coast, auctions still take place throughout July and August.

Portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Portrait of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge raises £51,000 at Gloucestershire auction

05 August 2019

It was a case of sitter rather than artist determining the value of an otherwise unassuming portrait that came up at Wotton Auction Rooms’ latest sale.

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Market for late 19th and early 20th century decorative arts is evolving – as are prices

05 August 2019

The market for European ‘decorative arts’ – the wealth of late 19th and early 20th century ceramics, metalwork and design – has been in a constant state of flux since it first entered mainstream collecting in the late 1960s. As tastes evolve, so does pricing.

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Twentieth century furniture tempts buyers

05 August 2019

There’s no doubt that items from some of the ‘eureka’ moments in Victorian design are falling away from the collecting zeitgeist. The current fashion is undoubtedly towards the creative ideas of the second half of the 20th century.

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