UK

The United Kingdom accounts for more than one fifth of the global art market sales and is the second biggest art market after the US.

Through auctioneers, dealers, fairs and markets - and a burgeoning online sector - buyers, collectors and sellers of art and antiques can easily access a vibrant network of intermediaries and events around the country. The UK's museums also house a wealth of impressive collections

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From Ancient to Renaissance: Five top sculptures from London’s auction series including an early Roman statue of a poet

12 December 2018

The London auction calendar in early December offered a busy schedule of antiquities, sculpture and works of art sales running side-by-side with the Old Master series. Overall the sales were relatively well-received with improved selling rates on previous years. Here we select five highlights from the series.

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Rare Summer Palace bronze found in British seaside bungalow returns to China

11 December 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been returned to China.

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British self-portrait and a child ‘kolf’ player star among London Art Week gallery sales

11 December 2018

A self-portrait of British artist John Sergeant (1937-2010) was one of the highlight sales at London Art Week where it was bought as a donation to the British Museum.

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Movers and shakers: the latest trade appointments including a new face at Chiswick

11 December 2018

Our latest look at moves across the world of art and antiques.

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Fine Art Society offers collection at Sotheby’s after leaving New Bond Street home of 142 years

10 December 2018

More than 300 works from the The Fine Art Society, which left its New Bond Street home of 142 years in August, go under the hammer at Sotheby’s next year.

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Female focus for latest Old Masters tie-up between fashion designer Victoria Beckham and auction house Sotheby’s

10 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s teamed up with fashion designer Victoria Beckham on an Old Master art exhibition for the second time this year.

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Dealers launch watchdog site to raise awareness of thefts

10 December 2018

Two south-west of England antiques dealers have launched an ‘Antiques Watchdog’ site designed to raise awareness of shoplifting in shops and centres around the country.

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Franses to stay in gallery home after Supreme Court ruling

10 December 2018

Tapestry and textiles specialist Franses has won a landmark Supreme Court case against its landlord, allowing it to continue to operate from the London gallery that has been its home for more than 25 years.

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Different faces of the Old Masters market

10 December 2018

A series of portraits by some of the biggest names in the Old Master market led the way at the latest sales in this category in London. Among them were two versions of a Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait – one fully ascribed to the artist.

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‘A quite extraordinary day’ as sleeping Asian bronzes bring multi-estimate sums in regions

10 December 2018

Two under-catalogued Sino-Tibetan bronzes illuminated the regional saleroom scene with multi-estimate sums in the final days of November.

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‘New high’ for Hornby Dublo

10 December 2018

A toy engine offered at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold for what is thought to be a new world record for a Hornby Dublo locomotive.

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Steiff teddy bear all dressed up for a wedding

10 December 2018

This very rare bear shown below made a very high price for such a small fellow – just 14cm (5½in) high.

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First edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice makes £38,000 at Bonhams

10 December 2018

Literary high spots of a Bonhams (25/10/12% buyer’s premium) sale of November 27 included a three-volume, 1813 first of Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice'.

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Fifty female artists in the frame: Gallery holds exhibition devoted to works by women in the first half of the 20th century

10 December 2018

“When I was putting this exhibition together, a lot of people thought I would not be able to find 50 different women British artists to show. In the end, I could have shown 500,” says Sacha Llewellyn of 20th century British art specialist Liss Llewellyn.

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Musical duet offering from Bowie and Sheeran

10 December 2018

Musicians from different generations provided sound results at Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller (19% buyer’s premium).

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Museum's tribute to Manxman Archibald Knox

10 December 2018

A c.1900 gold and enamel Archibald Knox (1864-1933) necklace is among the items lent by Anthony Bernbaum of The Peartree Collection for an exhibition at the Manx Museum.

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Make a clip top purchase in Woodbridge

10 December 2018

When Natalie Smith opened the Woodbridge Antiques Centre in the pretty Suffolk town 11 years ago, she said she was given a great piece of advice: never compromise on quality and presentation.

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Caterpillar tracked

10 December 2018

Bram van der Stok MBE was not only the most decorated aviator in Dutch history and one of just three men to successfully flee POW Camp Stalag Luft III in the ‘Great Escape’, but also a proud member of the Caterpillar Club.

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5 Questions: Paul Garner

10 December 2018

Paul Garner of Garners Antiques has a showroom in Rutland which offers art, antiques and British handmade furniture.

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Buyer of chess rarity on board at £7000

10 December 2018

Arthur Saul’s Famous Game of Chesse-Play…, the first published book on the game written by an Englishman, came out in 1614.

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