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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New Saatchi art fair joins the summer line-up with just nine weeks to go

23 April 2019

A new art fair launching at the Saatchi Gallery this June is a late addition to the busy schedule of London’s summer art events.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a snuff box, an RMS Lusitania biscuit and a tall boy from retiring Stamford dealers

23 April 2019

With estimates from £300-12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Zucchi's portrait of architect James Adam.

New York Old Master dealer helps UK museums buy Zucchi portrait of Scottish architect and designer James Adam

22 April 2019

The National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum have bought Italian artist Antonio Zucchi’s (1726-95) portrait of architect James Adam (1732-94).

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Dealer Andrew Sim sells Arctic Convoy pictures to Imperial War Museum

19 April 2019

Dealer Andrew Sim has sold 14 Second World War pictures by Polish-born artist Feliks Topolski (1907-89) to the Imperial War Museum.

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Pick of the week: Gill puts WH Smith on the map

19 April 2019

A large oil on panel map by MacDonald Gill celebrating the presence of stationer WH Smith on the British high street in the 1920s was hammered down at £50,000 in Gloucestershire.

Lucie Rie bowl

James I silver box, Lucie Rie bowl and a mahogany side table – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

19 April 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a James I silver shell box, a stoneware footed bowl by Lucie Rie and a George II mahogany side table.

Lucas van Leyden

Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Liotard portrait of British ambassador offered by Derek Johns

19 April 2019

St James’s art dealer Derek Johns is offering a portrait of Sir Everard Fawkener, a former British ambassador to Constantinople, by Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-89).

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South German chalice displays history and workmanship deserving of museum quality status

19 April 2019

Despite the general controversy about the material – one that has momentarily taken a back seat as Brexit eats parliamentary time – an exceptional ivory work of art still has the capacity to impress in the saleroom.

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Creating a splash as lido becomes popular fair venue

19 April 2019

Organisers looking for an unusual spot at which to hold a fair might consider the setting alongside an outdoor swimming pool.

Signed Oscar Wilde first edition of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' makes £19,700... but inscribed copies can make more

19 April 2019

Bid to £19,700 in a recent sale was one of 100 signed, large paper firsts of Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of Being Earnest' published by Leonard Smithers in 1899.

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Auction house looks beyond Lakeland for diverse lots

19 April 2019

In the proud tradition of UK provincial auction houses, the 2000-lot, three-day sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) offered a world of artefacts from way beyond its Lakeland base of Cockermouth.

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Around 70 tables take root at Tree of Ages Antiques Fair in Surrey

19 April 2019

Launched two years ago at a Victorian mansion in Surrey by local online antiques dealer David Steel, the Tree of Ages Antiques Fair will be held on Sunday, May 12, at Robert Denholm House in Nutley.

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First part of Hayhurst library sale is a huge 1139 lots

19 April 2019

Given that the sale ran to a huge 1139 lots, the April 2-4 dispersal in Harrogate of the first part of the library of Robert James Hayhurst may be considered to have done well in achieving a selling rate of 85% at that gathering of Elzevir and other early printed works.

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Three Grand Prix toys on the grid at Brightwells auction

19 April 2019

Detailed down to pneumatic tyres, knock-off hub caps and rack-and-pinion steering, the clockwork toy of Alfa Romeo’s P2, the world-beating racing car between 1924-30, was produced by CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet) from 1924-35.

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Pevsner name builds auction appeal for architectural medallion

19 April 2019

Estimated at just £50-80, an Alice Davis Hitchcock medallion sold for £3000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at a Spink auction in London on April 10.

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Rare Middle Eastern dagger points to a debut auction

19 April 2019

A late 19th century gold bone-handled Arab dagger was hammered down at £4100 at the inaugural sale of Knightsbridge auction house Kings Russell (22% buyer’s premium).

Two art and antiques events held for good causes

19 April 2019

A country house car boot to raise funds for a newly opened specialist equestrian centre in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, will run at the 800-acre Isle Estate at Bicton near Shrewsbury on Sunday May 12.

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Great names of design from Ashbee to Dresser draw interest at Edinburgh sale

19 April 2019

Something of a roll call for the great and good across the British 19th-20th century arts scene, Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Decorative Arts: Design Since 1860 sale included such names as George Washington Jack, Sir Alfred Gilbert, Christopher Dresser, William de Morgan and Robert Bartlett.

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Sullivan and Sargent in caricature form

19 April 2019

George Catlin’s watercolour sketches of North American Indians, reported in ATG No 2387, were the star turns as far as original artworks were concerned at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on March 28. However, two original, signed caricatures by Max Beerbohm also brought good results.

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