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

George Smart folk art

Folk art pictures star in our latest pick of six auction highlights

09 December 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of portraits by a self-styled ‘Professor of Peculiar Art’ made from leftover scraps from his tailor’s shop.

Portrait of Algernon Moses Marsden

Tissot’s iconic portrait saved for the nation with funding from sitter’s descendants

08 December 2022

A portrait of art dealer Algernon Moses Marsden (1847–1920) by Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836–1902) has been purchased for the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery with funding from descendants of Marsden.

Ivory casket

UK buyer sought for £1.5m French gothic ivory casket

06 December 2022

A 14th century French gothic ivory casket or coffret has been blocked from export by the UK government in the hope a British institution can raise the £1.5m funds needed to keep it in the country.

Martin Brothers' spoon warmer

Martin Brothers' grotesque grinner is a winner at auction

05 December 2022

An old family collection of Martin Brothers stonewares, assembled with purchases from the Southall potters in the late 19th and early 20th century, was offered in Cambridgeshire.

IACF Alexandra Palace

IACF says September Ally Pally fair was last

05 December 2022

The annual antiques and collectors’ fair at Alexandra Palace is no more.

Steve Bloomer card

Super-rare cigarette card of legendary football star Steve Bloomer fuels five-figure bid

05 December 2022

A rare cigarette card featuring one of England’s top goal-scorers sold for a spectacular £25,900.

Cadbury's sign

Pick of the week: Cadbury’s advertising signs takes a tasty five figures

05 December 2022

It was, said the catalogue, “a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a top end sign in such remarkable condition”.

Harland Miller print

Dreweatts and Forum draw closer together with joint sale and combined departments

05 December 2022

Dreweatts and Forum Auctions are to hold their first joint sale this month.

The Emporium Hungerford

Hungerford's Emporium traders eager for an enthusiastic buyer

05 December 2022

The search is on for a new owner of The Emporium in Hungerford.

Great Yarmouth Punch and Judy figures

That’s the way to do it if you buy Punch and Judy at auction

05 December 2022

Punch and Judy shows in Britain date back to as early as 1662 – recorded by Pepys – with origins in the charismatic 16th century Italian puppet Pulcinella.

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A Catherine the Great seal found in a biscuit tin is among five lots to watch

05 December 2022

With estimates from £800-30,000, here are five previews of items coming at auction this week.

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Transport lots that tell a story

05 December 2022

A fine First World War silver presentation model of the Vickers FB5 or Gunbus made by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company (London 1916) was sold together with two related photographs plus a copied letter of provenance at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium).

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Young Victoria, the doll version

05 December 2022

Lucy Peck ran The Dolls’ Home, a successful business that opened in Regent Street in London in 1893.

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The web shop window: walnut desk chair

05 December 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Watercolours: The picturesque appeals but reality bites

05 December 2022

British watercolours are reliant not just on subject matter but also on market freshness, condition and a good pitch

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

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Toys and collectables: Renowned enthusiast's collection causes a stir at Cheshire saleroom

05 December 2022

Such was the renown of toy collector the late Jack Tempest that when his collection came up for auction many of the bidders who flocked to the sale on November 10 recognised a lot of the items on offer.

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Why provenance is so important when it comes to de Wint

05 December 2022

A group of five watercolours by Peter de Wint (1784-1849) that were previously kept at a Grade II-listed Oxfordshire country house caught the eye at a recent sale.

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Lesser-known manufacturers play their part in the toy market

05 December 2022

Forget names such as Palitoy, Britains, Dinky, Sindy, Bing and Marklin for a moment – recent auctions have shown the demand that can exist for lesser-known manufacturers and brands in the toys world.

IACF Alexandra Palace

It’s farewell Ally Pally, but a heartfelt welcome to Redbourn

05 December 2022

IACF calls time at north London venue and launches an event just to the north

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