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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Start a Collection with Zsuzsi Roboz at Messums

23 July 2024

Start a Collection was launched by David Messum to encourage and welcome first-time buyers. This year's event celebrates the work of Zsuzsi Roboz (1929-2012).

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Eye Eye: Rare c.1750 shagreen 'banjo' spectacle case and glasses surprise at auction

23 July 2024

Catalogued simply as 'a cased pair of spectacles, 19th century, the case in shagreen, along with three magnifying glasses', this understated lot estimated at £30-50 fell between a portrait miniature of Napoleon and a set of 1950s headlights.

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Rory Gallagher’s 1961 Fender Stratocaster comes to Bonhams

23 July 2024

The Irish musician’s guitar collection, including his famous Fender Stratocaster, will appear at Bonhams in October

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Signed collection of Buffalo Bill biographies sell at Hansons

22 July 2024

Buffalo Bill biographies dedicated to UK tour partner sold by the latter’s family

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Pair of John Lennon’s round glasses to go to auction

22 July 2024

The glasses were given to the vendor as a birthday gift in 1968 and will be sold by Catherine Southon Auctioneers


16th century travelling clock finds its way to auction

22 July 2024

This rare 16th century German travelling clock in the form of a book sold for £27,500 at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton, North Yorkshire.


Pick of the Week: Recipe book cooks up saleroom storm

22 July 2024

Ralph ‘Randolphus’ Ayres is recorded as being head cook at New College, Oxford at various times in the 18th century.


Second World War prisoner of war Rolex watch features among five lots to watch

22 July 2024

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week


Famous Skegness Jolly Fisherman comes bracing into view in the bottom corner of a rare poster

22 July 2024

The original Skegness Is So Bracing showing the ‘Jolly Fisherman’ dancing along a beach has become one of the most famous railway posters in the world.


Fragmented figures at the double

22 July 2024

Carved wooden sculptural fragments are a market strength.


Five questions with jewellery dealer Anthea Gesua

22 July 2024

Anthea AG Antiques is run by Anthea Gesua with the help of Gaby Ruthven and has been in Grays Antiques Centre, London, since the early 1980s.


Olympic Games posters that feature innovative design

22 July 2024

The 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics were the first Games to be staged in Latin America.


Vernacular furniture on the rise thanks to 'quirky and charming' appeal

22 July 2024

Furniture and objects associated with a rustic or farmhouse aesthetic have gained popularity in recent decades.


'Exceedingly scarce' wool weight triples estimate in Suffolk

22 July 2024

This William III bronze wool weight cast with the royal arms is more than twice the size of most, weighing in at 14lb.


Obituary: Kensington Church Street dealer Gretchen Andersen

22 July 2024

'Let all the world say / What they will / Speak of me / As you find'


London Art Week draws in top quality buyers

22 July 2024

In its latest edition London Art Week (LAW) showcased 35 participants, including four taking part in LAW Digital, and also the three major London auction houses: Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s.


Silver chalice stolen from Bedfordshire church

22 July 2024

A 1659 original silver chalice worth around £15,000 has been stolen from a church in Sutton, Bedfordshire.


A fitting testament to dealer Tobias Jellinek

22 July 2024

The much-anticipated auction of the personal collection of Tobias Jellinek (1934-2023) was held on the afternoon of June 19 at Bishop & Miller (25% buyer’s premium) in East Anglia.


Posters created as political expression in Communist-run Poland

22 July 2024

Roman Cieślewicz (1930-96) and Jan Lenica (1928-2001) were both founders of the Polish School of Posters, the influential and creative artistic movement that sprang up under strict Soviet rule.


Second staging of Classic Antique Fair impresses

22 July 2024

Among the attractions of the Classic Antique Fairs in Birmingham staged from July 12-14 was the eye-catching display of dealership M&D Moir featuring a pair of powder pink vases by Franz Pallme König (c.1890).