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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Ancient gold objects stolen in brazen theft at Ely Museum

21 May 2024

Two valuable Bronze Age gold artefacts have been stolen from Ely Museum in Cambridgeshire.

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Dreweatts to offer Turner’s only known oil sketch from Liber Studiorum project

21 May 2024

Two works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) have emerged from a private collection and will be offered at Newbury saleroom Dreweatts on June 12.

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Roma Numismatics to close doors this week

20 May 2024

London ancient coin dealers and auctioneers Roma Numismatics is to close.

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Eye on the needle for Firsts fair

20 May 2024

A book elaborately illustrated with needle-work samples and commemorating Queen Victoria’s first trip to Ireland as monarch was one of the standout sales as 'Firsts London’s Rare Book Fair' opened.

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French Revolutionary bonnet is among five lots to watch

20 May 2024

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week

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Fixture list lined up two sports auctions in Glasgow

20 May 2024

News that Celtic and Rangers no longer automatically qualify for the Champions League next season put a bit of a dampener on Scottish football.

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Batty cricket idea ended up full of holes

20 May 2024

Sports stars are always looking for small incremental improvements in performance that can prove crucial to the result.

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Online dealer showcase announced as part of LAPADA 50th anniversary celebration

20 May 2024

LAPADA has unveiled plans for its 50th anniversary including a summer exhibition and a new series of events around its flagship fair.

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Early memorabilia gets pulse racing for cycling enthusiasts

20 May 2024

Archive sold in Somerset and bugle offered in Dorset reflect the first organised cycling clubs

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Art innovator Richardson’s collection comes to auction

20 May 2024

Marion Richardson (1892-1946), a pioneer of the child art movement, was described as ‘one of the most influential art innovators of our time’.

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Actor Peter Barkworth also had a private passion for collecting

20 May 2024

Despite Peter Barkworth’s very public profile his art collecting was a much more personal matter

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Showpiece collection of British ceramics comes from Australia

20 May 2024

Australian pharmaceutical chemist Robert Francis Burke started building his collection of Chelsea and Worcester porcelain in the 1970s, long before the days of the internet.

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Seven up for complete set of famous Sowerby work

20 May 2024

The Science, Medicine & Early Technology auction at Flints (25% buyer’s premium) in Thatcham, Berkshire on May 1 was led by a complete seven-volume set of The Mineral Conchology of Great Britain by James Sowerby (1757-1822).

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Impressionism anniversary marked in major St James's exhibition

20 May 2024

Gallery with family connections stages a show 150 years on from Paris exhibition where the art movement began

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Cryptography book creates a Shakespearean drama

20 May 2024

Cryptoryptomentyces et Cryptographiae has been described as ‘arguably the most complete tome on esoteric cryptography ever published’, an esoteric claim to fame in itself.

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Prices high for Man Utd programme rarities

20 May 2024

A football programme for for the Estudiantes de la Plata v Manchester United Intercontinental Cup final on September 25, 1968, hammered down at a top-estimate £10,000 in Shropshire.

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Two brocantes to put in your diary this summer

20 May 2024

Brocantes bring a taste of summer to the nation's country houses – here are two to attend this year

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Variety of homewares prove popular at Vintage Home Show

20 May 2024

Organiser of a series of shows says curation means traders are offering a wide range of items

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Bake to basics approach to bread making

20 May 2024

Owen Simmons was a bit of a bread fan, it is fair to say. A lecturer at the National Bakery School in London, he produced the lavish book shown here.

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Prince of Speed Georges Hamel designed nifty posters now sought after by collectors

20 May 2024

Original printings of two of the most familiar automotive posters sold for £15,000 each at Lyon & Turnbull (26% buyer’s premium).

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