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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Earlier great leaps for mankind

05 August 2019

Pioneering astronomical works which appeared many centuries before the moon landing sell at auction.

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Preiss is right ahead of ivory ban

05 August 2019

Under forthcoming UK ivory legislation, there will be no legitimate market for bronze and ivory Art Deco figures.

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Penzance saleroom hosts first Cornish Asian auction

05 August 2019

Penzance auction house David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) is no stranger to the great Chinese boom but in July it staged Cornwall’s first dedicated Asian sale.

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Robert Burns on song

05 August 2019

Shown below is a spread from a 120pp manuscript collection of Scottish songs with accompanying musical notation, on paper watermarked 1799, that sold at £600 in a Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Winnie-the-Pooh signed first edition sold in online auction

05 August 2019

Despite some minor loss to the head of 'When We Were Very Young', published in 1924 and a first edition of what are now collectively known as the ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ books, overall the set pictured below is an exceptionally well-preserved one.

British and Irish book auctions: August 5-17, 2019

05 August 2019

Our regular listings of British and Irish book auctions.

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Scottish ceramics shine in Stoke

05 August 2019

Sold in the heartlands of English ceramics, this example, below, of Scotland’s finest was the estimate-shattering star of Potteries Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) July 13-14 sale in Stoke-on-Trent.

Chinese lacquer workbox

Rare toby jug, King James Bible and a Chinese lacquer workbox – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

02 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a second edition of the King James Bible from c.1613 and a mid-19th century Chinese gilt and black lacquer workbox.

Venice watercolour by William Wyld

Rare watercolour of Venice brought into charity shop sells for £2400 at Somerset auction

01 August 2019

One consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Chinese bowl, a postcard from DH Lawrence and a Charles II Scottish silver cup

29 July 2019

With estimates from £200-30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase

Fairyland lustre still sparkles from the rostrum

29 July 2019

The market for Wedgwood ceramics may not be as bullish as it was three decades ago but this range of wares, produced from the First World War through the interwar period, continues to enjoy some of the strongest demand for the factory’s products which stretch across two and a half centuries.

François-Xavier Lalanne’s ‘Rhinocrétaire’ (Rhinodesk)

Personal collection of French designers Les Lalannes consigned to Sotheby’s

27 July 2019

Sotheby’s has announced a major sale in Paris this autumn of works from the personal collection of the celebrated French designers François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne.

Antique dolls house

Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

25 July 2019

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) hammer at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland earlier this week.

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Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

24 July 2019

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode soar at auction

24 July 2019

A collection of rare colour photographs from a ‘lost’ Dr Who episode proved the enduring appeal of the TV show’s memorabilia last week as it was bid to more than four times its high estimate.

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Apollo 11 footage tops Sotheby’s space auction on 50th anniversary of moon landing

24 July 2019

NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 mission topped Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale held on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

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Spider-Man's debut and other Silver Age rarities among massive Newcastle comics auction

23 July 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne auction house Anderson & Garland will begin the sale of a vast number of vintage comics this week.

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Notorious Ashes Dennis Lillee banned aluminium cricket bat scores £5200 at auction

23 July 2019

The Cricket World Cup final proved to be one of the most dramatic matches ever – and controversial. Should the Stokes bat-hitting accident have earned six points or five?

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Bids pour in for Tiffany tea caddy with Japanese elements

22 July 2019

An unusual entry to the latest Silver & Objects of Vertu sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury was this 5in (13cm) silver and mixed metal tea caddy by Tiffany & Co.

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Pick of the week: ‘Blonde bombshell’ poster makes big impact at auction

22 July 2019

A controversial Second World War poster by renowned designer Abram Games (1914-96) has sold for what is believed to be an auction record.

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