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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West Dean launches trio of Fellowships to college supporters

21 July 2019

Dawn Ades OBE, Jonathan Ashley-Smith and Rebecca Salter RA are the first recipients of the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation fellowships.

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Petworth gallery stages exhibition of art by four from the Hitchens family

20 July 2019

Art by four generations of the Hitchens family is on show at Kevis House Gallery this summer.

'Walton Bridges' by JMW Turner

Turner’s Walton Bridges heads to Norwich Castle after being saved for the nation

19 July 2019

JMW Turner’s oil painting ‘Walton Bridges’ which sold at Sotheby’s in July last year has been bought for the nation after funding was secured by Norfolk Museums Service.

Jane Austen letter

Museum appeals for final £10,000 to secure Jane Austen handwritten letter

19 July 2019

Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire has launched an appeal to raise the remaining funds needed to buy a fragment of a letter written by the great novelist in 1814.

Art Deco figure by Ferdinand Preiss

Chinese glass painting, Art Deco figure and historical archive – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

19 July 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a bronze and ivory Art Deco figure by Ferdinand Preiss, a Chinese Export reverse painted mirror and an archive of documents from a historic Berkshire estate.

Marlborough gem sold at auction

Long-lost Marlborough gem bid to £62,000

18 July 2019

A sapphire intaglio ring that was identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems shortly before it was due to be auctioned was bid to £62,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury today.

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Classic wartime posters impress in Dorset auction including a probable Abram Games record price

18 July 2019

A poster which is one of the most famous worldwide is also one of the rarest: just six copies of the British First World War design showing a fierce Kitchener pointing at YOU are known to exist.

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Gloucestershire auction house teams up with John Lewis to promote green credentials of art and antiques

17 July 2019

Moore Allen & Innocent is hoping to future-proof its business with a series of steps including a tie-up with John Lewis.

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How a saleroom can get into the right groove to offer an amphibious vehicle and a 12m sofa

17 July 2019

As an auction house, what sale format do you squeeze an amphibious vehicle or a 12m long sofa into? When it comes to the ‘weird and wonderful’, auctioneers often face a challenge.

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London Auctions enters liquidation with vendors left unpaid

16 July 2019

London Auctions Ltd is insolvent and has entered liquidation proceedings. The west London firm, based at 30-34 Chiswick High Road is understood to have debts of more than £137,000 with around £44,000 owed to unpaid consignors.

1982 Space Traveller I, a George Daniels pocket watch

Auction record for English watch as George Daniels timepiece sells for £3m at Sotheby’s

16 July 2019

Among the objects in demand at Sotheby’s this season was one of only 23 pocket watches made by George Daniels (1926-2011) – the 1982 Space Traveller I.

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Dealers and collectors win High Court permission for judicial review of ivory ban law

15 July 2019

A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a full hearing on the legality of the controversial Ivory Act, due to usher in a near-total ban on the UK trade in antique ivory when it comes into force later this year.

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Rising market for Mouseman as bookends sell for £10,000

15 July 2019

A rare pair of bookends by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson attracted huge interest and a remarkable £10,000 winning bid at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Egypt threat of legal action adds to ‘politicisation’ of antiquities

15 July 2019

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA) has said dealers and auctioneers should stand up to “the politicisation of the antiquities trade” in the wake of a row surrounding the sale of a £4m sculpture.

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Bournemouth centre saved as local dealers enter The Den

15 July 2019

Two south-coast dealers have secured the future of more than 100 traders with the purchase of a Bournemouth centre.

Fairs more important than ever, say dealers

15 July 2019

The proportion of picture dealers standing at fairs has risen significantly during the last two years according to findings from the latest biennial Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD) survey.

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Silver Tompion pocket watch discovered buried in Hexham ground

15 July 2019

A silver pocket watch by ‘father of British clockmaking’ Thomas Tompion has been literally unearthed in Northumberland.

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Lowry and his Rossetti prove top draws at 19th century art sales

15 July 2019

A Pre-Raphaelite drawing once owned by LS Lowry drew lively competition at the latest round of 19th century art sales in London.

Meissen bust of Karl Albrecht, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII

Meissen bust of Holy Roman Emperor sold to Bavarian museum at Bonhams’ auction

15 July 2019

The Bavarian National Museum in Munich has purchased this sculptural bust in white Meissen porcelain of Karl Albrecht, the Elector of Bavaria and also Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII (1697-1745).

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Early Special Boat Service badges and insignia show the special forces collecting impact on auctions

15 July 2019

The lot description ‘special forces’ always causes a stir among militaria collectors and a particularly good example emerged at specialist auction house Bosleys of Marlow.

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