Art Market


Monthly picture sales reap rewards

22 May 2017

“I think the secret to our success is that we now hold an art sale every four weeks.” A 90% sell-through rate from 400 lots was the latest bullish stat to come out of John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) monthly picture auctions, started this year by specialist Buffy Parker.


Saville in the flesh at Edinburgh sale

22 May 2017

Jenny Saville’s (b.1970) contorted and grotesquely fleshy female nudes are hot property on the contemporary art market.


Rare peak at Welsh artist’s work

15 May 2017

Unusual appearance of mountain views by painter whose career was cut short by tuberculosis


Czech sculptor with right royal connections

15 May 2017

Bronze busts of the Queen and Prince Philip from the Oxfordshire studio of Czech émigré sculptor Franta Belsky (1921-2000) took top honours at Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) in Oxford on April 25.


Shipshape Cornish work sails back home

15 May 2017

A Newlyn School work by Albert Chevalier Tayler (1862-1926) topped David Lay’s (18% buyer’s premium) April 27 sale in Penzance.


German Expressionist works from collector who fled Nazis

08 May 2017

A collection of early 20th century German works on paper, brought to England in the possession of a German academic who fled the Nazis on the eve of the Second World War, appeared at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) on April 4-5.


Alphabet images spell sale interest

08 May 2017

A scarce complete portfolio of 26 prints from Erté’s (1892-1990) famed Alphabet Suite appeared at Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium) on April 12 in Chichester.


Local artist view of town of Beverley thrills

08 May 2017

A view by Yorkshire artist Fred Elwell (1870-1958) of his beloved local town, Beverley, took £13,000 at local saleroom Hawleys (15% buyer’s premium) on April 9.


Another Fauvist work emerges from Northampton

08 May 2017

A painting of St Tropez by the Fauvist painter Charles Camoin (1879-1965) went under the hammer for the first time in more than half a century at Gildings (15% buyer’s premium).


Travels into the art ‘twilight zone’ amid Brexit and election market turbulence

08 May 2017

Brexit, rising inflation and now the distraction of a snap general election has left a feeling in the picture trade that the good start to the year may begin to fade.


Russian stars in very British affair as private London club sells art

24 April 2017

An ‘Unfashionable’ single-owner collection from a London club attracted trade and private buyers. The 98-lot sale on April 5 was held by British pictures specialist Harry Moore-Gwyn at 25 Blythe Road (20% buyer’s premium) in West Kensington.


Having a laugh down at the private London club artwork sale

24 April 2017

Nearly a quarter of the sale total at the auction held by Harry Moore-Gwyn at 25 Blythe Road (20% buyer’s premium) in West Kensington on April 5 came from a collection of original cartoons.


Lebanese view of biblical scene emerges in Derbyshire auction

24 April 2017

A work by one of Lebanon’s most eminent painters, Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928), surfaced at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Etwall in Derbyshire.


Lightning strike sparks lively London bidding battle for Byron

24 April 2017

An intriguing 18th century watercolour of a tree struck by lightning fetched a multi-estimate sum at Forum Auctions’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) March 30 sale in London.


Specialists welcome in a strong start to the picture sales scene

05 April 2017

Salisbury is latest auction house finding a sense of optimism despite some patchy areas


Favourite of the cavalry commands top lot in Oxford

05 April 2017

A good mix of traditional and modern pictures drew decent bidding at Mallams’ (20% buyer’s premium) on March 16.


The long haul: test of Grosvenor staying power

05 April 2017

Demand for the delicate 20th century dynamic prints of the Grosvenor School has softened since the string of recordbreaking sales and prices taking place several years ago.


Krugier name adds to appeal of £55,000 Hokusai drawing

01 April 2017

This Japanese rice paper drawing was among a number of lots to draw strong bidding at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury’s (24% buyer’s premium) offering of the Jan Krugier collection.


Dillon’s majestic Madeira

01 April 2017

A trio of watercolours painted by British topographical artist Frank Dillon (1823-1909) were among the highlights of Diamond Mills’ (15% buyer’s premium) March 8 sale in Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Perspectives from a Grand Tour

01 April 2017

Private works on a European theme yield strong prices in Cambridgeshire sale...