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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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Interior designers and auction houses team up for spring sales

25 February 2020

This spring auction houses Dreweatts and Fellows plan events with interior decorators and designers Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Caroline Percy and architectural historian Oliver Gerrish.

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Call for exhibitors to join Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair

24 February 2020

Antiquarian book dealer Hugh Rayner is putting out a call for more exhibitors at the Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair.

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The seat of history: Hornby Castle Chair sells for £35,000 at Bonhams Oxford

24 February 2020

The so-called Hornby Castle Chair, a 4ft 7in (1.38m) high oak open armchair c.1580-1600, sold for £35,000 plus premium at the latest Oak Interior sale at Bonhams in Oxford.

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Pick of the week: 'Oldest accurate map of coastal Scotland' becomes auction trailblazer

24 February 2020

'La Navigation du Roy d’Ecosse' by the French cartographer Nicolas de Nicolay (1517-83) is said to be the oldest accurate map of coastal Scotland.

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The Box catches the Martinware crab

24 February 2020

The Box, a museum, gallery and archive set to open in Plymouth in May, has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers.

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Artist record for James Dixon, naive champion from Tory Island

24 February 2020

Two pictures purchased from one of the first commercial exhibitions of the artist dubbed ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ soared above their estimates at auction this month.

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London dealer offers trio of top Victorian paintings

24 February 2020

Three oils by Victorian greats Frederic Lord Leighton, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais are coming to market in London.

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The day the ‘Tipton Slasher’ met his match

24 February 2020

This mid-19th century oil of a bare-knuckle prize fight is thought to depict a famous bout between Victorian boxers William Perry (1819-88) and Tom Sayers (1826-65).

British and Irish book auctions: February 25-March 12, 2020

24 February 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Stone ornaments fit Bath decorative fair organiser’s theme for this year’s edition

24 February 2020

In the vibrant world of British decorative fairs, 'The Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair' is a market leader. Now in its 31st staging, it opens its doors to the trade on March 5 and welcomes the public from March 6-8.

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Miniature chair and huge ox add up to big prices

24 February 2020

The Gentleman’s Library Sale at Bonhams on February 12-13 included a miniature William and Mary or Queen Anne walnut armchair standing 21in (53cm) high).

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Event’s oarsome new venue

24 February 2020

Fawley Hill fair relocates down the road to the Meadows where the royal regatta is held

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2500 including a Kenneth Newton still-life

24 February 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Kenneth Newton still-life.

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Vernacular furniture returning home from US provides textbook lots in Oxford saleroom

24 February 2020

The Oak Interior sale at Bonhams in Oxford on February 19 included two substantial private collections consigned for sale from the US.

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Comics with an X factor sold in Cumbria

24 February 2020

Comics played a significant part in a recent held by Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth, undoubtedly helped by the presence of some 30,000 Marvel comics from one private collection.

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All calm after a splitting headache

24 February 2020

Pair of Abstract oils by Richard Smith had been cut in two but that did not deter the bidders.

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Painter portrays a lover

24 February 2020

This early-20th century portrait by Ronald Ossory Dunlop (1894-1973) depicts the actor and artist Jean Shepeard (1904-89).

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Country house improvements count in a Carlisle saleroom

24 February 2020

Modestly estimated at just £100-150 in a recent Carlisle sale, an 18th century manuscript notebook offering ‘An Account of the Improvements in the Gardens & Park at Cannonhall’ proved a major attraction.

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Frankfurt silver cup survivor draws bidders' attention

24 February 2020

German silver Kiddush cups survived the Second World War in only relatively small numbers but there were some treasured heirlooms, part of Jewish family festivals for generations, that were kept safe throughout the religion’s darkest times.

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Wilton on the way

24 February 2020

Newcomers to the 44-dealer annual Wilton House Antiques Fair include the Vangelli Gallery in London with Asian decorative art, the West Sussex antique dealership Wakelin & Linfield which sells English and Continental furniture and Shine on Design, specialising in Art Deco pieces.

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