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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Rare Rousseau portrait goes under the hammer at Lyon & Turnbull in London

19 October 2019

A rediscovered portrait of Enlightenment thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) is offered at a Lyon & Turnbull auction in London this month.

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Rare Dante Gabriel Rossetti drawings of a father and son emerge at Oxford auction

18 October 2019

Two crayon portraits of a father and son by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) have emerged for sale at Mallams of Oxford. They date from the last decade of the artist’s life and depict his doctor Thomas Gordon Hake and the latter’s son George Gordon Hake.

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Export block for £3.5m Wright of Derby picture bought by Getty museum

17 October 2019

The government is hoping to find a buyer to pay £3.5m to keep an 18th century picture by Joseph Wright of Derby in the UK.

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Lots Road Auctions celebrates 40 years in business

17 October 2019

Down to Lots Road Auctions for its 40th anniversary party this week.

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Art and antiques dealers take government to court over Ivory Act

16 October 2019

“No reputable dealer wants to see elephants dead” was among the opening remarks by the QC acting for a group of dealers and collectors challenging the Ivory Act 2018, at the High Court today.

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Auction of Suffolk artists’ pictures to support the East Anglian Art Fund

16 October 2019

Pictures and sculptures by two Suffolk artists will be auctioned to raise funds for a local artistic community.

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'Eccentric' collection of film, music and pop-culture memorabilia from famed Liverpool music venue comes to auction at Adam Partridge

15 October 2019

Memorabilia from a Liverpool music and events venue that has hosted 'The Beatles' will be sold by Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers in a single-owner collection sale later this week.

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Dorset country house auction takes over £1m

14 October 2019

Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.

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Russian porcelain rarity sells for £50,000 online

14 October 2019

A State Porcelain Factory figure by Natalina Danko (1892-1943) emerged at auction in Grantham earlier this month.

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A welcome addition to Portobello antiques district

14 October 2019

For the first time in more than a decade a new antiques shop has opened on Westbourne Grove, close to the famed antiques district Portobello Road.

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Paula Rego prints bring success stories

14 October 2019

Much of Paula Rego’s (b.1935) work is concerned with narrative, as seen in this limited-edition lithograph of a girl reading a book.

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View of Indian procession marches onwards at auction

14 October 2019

Views of processions, pageants and parades tend to attract special interest at auction, such as this view of an Indian procession bid to £6800 in Gloucestershire.

Friendly feel in Chepstow

14 October 2019

Michaela Millard of Rafael Fairs launched a monthly vintage and retro fleamarket at Chepstow Racecourse in Monmouthshire in August, and the next is on Sunday, October 20.

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Novice auctioneers take to the NAVA rostrum

14 October 2019

At annual competition hopefuls discover how connecting with bidders will be crucial to their career success

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Rare circular Georgian cistern emerges at Summers Place

14 October 2019

Always popular items, a Georgian lead cistern offered at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was also rare in being circular. Usually they are rectangular, having stood against a wall connected to downpipes.

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'Witch' mirrors enchant buyers at Duke's auction

14 October 2019

Catalogued as ‘witch’ mirrors, this c.1970 pair certainly charmed bidders at Dorchester auction house Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium). The key was the signature Line Vautrin, ROI for the Parisienne designer and decorative artist Line Vautrin (1913-97).

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All go in the new Bo location

14 October 2019

As an alternative to shopping in the high-street chains, a group of independents have set up a hub at 53 Bo’ Grove in Grove Road, Harrogate, with 20 traders selling art, antiques, decorative salvage and Mid-century pieces.

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Strong private buying helps to fuel high hammer total and selling rate in Nottingham

14 October 2019

Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) added to the cautiously feel-good mood created by some highly successful autumn sales in the provinces when strong private buying brought impressive results across the board.

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Corking new career: former wine trade worker now enjoys serving up antiques

14 October 2019

Donny Mann of Love Fairs, who organises regular antiques, collectables and vintage events at Lingfield Racecourse in Surrey and Brighton Racecourse in East Sussex, tells ATG that all the events are busy with lots of bookings.

British and Irish book auctions: October 15-25, 2019

14 October 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from October 15-25, 2019.

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