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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Heaps of Victorian silver scrapped after another spike in precious metal prices

07 August 2020

Another bounce in precious metal prices has led to more antique pieces of gold and silver being scrapped.

Admiral Lord Nelson laying in state

Glass image of Nelson laying in state features in our pick of five auction highlights this week

07 August 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a reverse engraving on glass of Admiral Lord Nelson lying in state at Greenwich Hospital. It sold for 22-times estimate in Norfolk.

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Welsh auction houses to continue to host virtual auctions despite room bidding now permitted

06 August 2020

The Welsh government has given auction houses the green light to open premises to the public this month.

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Government makes face-coverings mandatory at auction houses in England

05 August 2020

Wearing a face-covering when attending an auction house in England will become mandatory from Saturday August 8.

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Bust of British-Jamaican Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole sells for £101,000 at auction and heads to Nightingale Museum

04 August 2020

A terracotta sculpture of Mary Seacole (1805-81), who nursed dying and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, will go on display in the Florence Nightingale Museum after it was sold at auction last week.

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‘Outdoor’ Petworth can go ahead in September as indoor events cancelled until October

03 August 2020

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair can go ahead as planned in September after the National Trust deemed it an ‘outdoor’ event.

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The £260,000 joy of Qianlong’s hanging bottles

03 August 2020

A pair of imperially inscribed Qianlong (1735-96) mark and period famille rose wall vases set a house record for Asian art at Roseberys.

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Individual highlights at London 'high season' sales but totals hit as vendors hang on to works

03 August 2020

The ‘high season’ of summer auctions in London held by Sotheby’s and Christie’s generated £205.8m including premium last week.

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Seven highlights from the John Richardson collection at Sotheby’s

03 August 2020

A collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper and prints owned by the late art historian John Richardson is being offered at Sotheby’s later this year.

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Two tastes of Yorkshire

03 August 2020

Two works by Fred Stead (1863-1940) drew strong interest at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex thanks, in part, to here-to-be-sold estimates. They were being consigned from a deceased estate.

British and Irish book auctions: August 4-20, 2020

03 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 4-20, 2020.

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China’s bountiful produce from a career diplomat

03 August 2020

The recent Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) live online sale of Chinese, Japanese and Islamic art in Cheltenham included Chinese works on paper and textiles from a relative of Katherine Talati (1922-2015).

Long Melford centre ready to reopen

03 August 2020

The planned reopening at Easter of the former antiques warehouse in the Suffolk village of Long Melford was one of the last features to appear in this column prior to lockdown.

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Knives out to Danish buyer

03 August 2020

Two 19th century ‘prestige’ knives from southern Africa attracted unexpected levels of bidding at Grand Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Folkestone. Estimated at just £40-80 each, they made a combined £9200.

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Sixties posters on a high

03 August 2020

The artist John Hurford was a key figure in the British psychedelia movement of the late 1960s.

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Clouds lift for a Constable fan

03 August 2020

Four pictures in Colchester sale provide a good case study in the factors affecting John Constable attributions and buyer confidence

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Carmarthen fair put on hold

03 August 2020

Towy Events organiser and dealer Robert Pugh has cancelled his August antiques and fleamarkets monthly event at the Carmarthen Showground and will await government guidance about when he can restart.

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New stock offered at Cecil Court's summer showcase

03 August 2020

This Nast two-handled cup and stand with classical decoration, c.1800, is among the objects set to be featured at the Cecil Court Summer Showcase.

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Dealers get busy and hope for August uplift as post-lockdown trade resumes

03 August 2020

Normally a quiet month, this August dealerships across the UK are reacting to a world changed by coronavirus.

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Five dealer-led online showcases opening up this summer

03 August 2020

As well as dealers’ websites and multi-dealer portals, a number of online events are taking place this summer that feature a range of traders. Here is a selection of some of the places to find art and antiques online in the coming months.

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