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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Where to buy antique summer birthstone jewellery: Seven top pieces at UK and European auction houses

25 May 2019

Antique jewellery can be an ideal birthday present, especially when it features the appropriate birthstone.

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Five places to see and buy art in London next week including a Cedric Morris flower exhibition in Mayfair

24 May 2019

In the few weeks before London’s busy summer schedule of art fairs and events, there are still plenty of places to find top quality works, from commercial galleries to major institutions.

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Six lots to watch at MacDougall’s upcoming sale of Russian paintings and works of art

24 May 2019

Russian art specialists MacDougall’s is marking 15 years since holding its first auction in London and has announced that its upcoming sale on June 5 will have a total estimate of £8.5m.

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Iznik tile, Beatles ticket and Chinese treasure box – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

24 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a rare ticket for a Beatles concert in Hong Kong, an Iznik tile made in Ottoman Turkey and owned by artist Sir Howard Hodgkin, and a Qianlong cinnabar lacquer treasure box and cover.

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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque and other props come to auction in Bristol

24 May 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires is to be offered at auction in June.

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David Bowie’s rejected debut album tracks sell for double estimate figure at Merseyside auction

24 May 2019

Tracks recorded by David Bowie for his 1967 debut album that were later rejected have been sold at auction for a hammer price of £16,000.

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Salvaged ‘Whisky Galore’ bottles from the 1940s go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh

24 May 2019

When the 8000-ton cargo ship SS Politician left Liverpool for Jamaica and New Orleans in 1941 it was carrying 28,000 cases of malt whisky. Two days later it sank in the Outer Hebrides.

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Portcullis brooches boost value of Suffragette hunger strike medal sold in Somerset saleroom

24 May 2019

With so many Suffragette medals on the market during the past year and a half, coinciding in 2018 with the centenary of votes for women in the UK, it is the added extras that can make all the difference to auction price.

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Manchester City first ever FA Cup win in 1904 marked by Billy Meredith gold watch coming up for auction

24 May 2019

When Manchester City lifted the FA Cup this month they created football history by becoming the first club to win all three major English domestic honours in the same season. A watch coming up for auction from a very different era marks their first ever FA Cup success, however.

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Five works raising the bar for LS Lowry since ‘A Cricket Match’ last appeared at auction 23 years ago

23 May 2019

LS Lowry’s (1887-1976) painting of a back-street cricket match in Salford from 1938 is among the stand-out lots offered at Sotheby’s this summer. Ahead of the sale, it was unveiled today at The Lowry in Salford – a public gallery not far from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground – where it will remain on view until May 27.

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Gandhi bronze valued on Antiques Roadshow by Philip Mould to be sold at auction next month

23 May 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at around £20,000 on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will come up for sale next month.

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Madness donates costumes and memorabilia to Victoria and Albert Museum for theatre gallery

23 May 2019

To celebrate 40 years since the release of Madness’ ‘One Step Beyond’ - the 1979 debut album by the British ska-pop group - the V&A has unveiled a collection of memorabilia.

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Here come the Men in Black (and the Jedi and the wizards): Will Smith suit goes under the hammer at Ewbank’s movie prop auction

23 May 2019

Bidders have the chance to get that alien-hunting time-travelling look next week as Will Smith’s suit from Men in Black 3 goes under the hammer.

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Painting by celebrated artist Zhang Da Qian takes £2.3m at Salisbury auction

22 May 2019

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 11th seven-figure lot yesterday, selling 'The Grand View of Chao Mountain' by celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) for £2.3m (plus buyer’s premium).

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BADA urges its members: have your say on our new logo

22 May 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association is consulting its 350-strong membership on a new logo after doubts were expressed about the replacement for the trade body’s traditional ‘Cellini’ emblem.

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Four London book fairs will go into one week in June

21 May 2019

For the first time this year, the four fairs that make London a destination for bibliophiles in June will be held side-by-side across the space of just four days. ATG looks at the personality of each event.

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In her own write: The way the market is changing for rare books by women authors

21 May 2019

After more than two centuries of collecting history, the market is once again changing how it evaluates – and values – rare books by women. Bonhams’ head of books Matthew Haley reports...

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Seen through modern eyes: How map collecting is plotting a new course

21 May 2019

Just being old is no longer enough. True, most of the collectable maps that change hands in the market are of some considerable age. Many were printed by hand using techniques which changed little between the 1470s and 1830s. Tim Bryars reports...

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Faces from Firsts: Interviews with three exhibitors at the upcoming book fair in the capital

21 May 2019

A trio of exhibitors at London’s rare book fair 'Firsts' ponder the market, their motivations – plus flooded shops and heavy metal.

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21st century tastes: How the growing interest in the history of food and drink is influencing the market for early recipe books

21 May 2019

Old cookery books are more than simply receptacles of food history. They speak of technological change, the availability and discovery of ingredients that came with the expansion of the known world and how the social standing of the cook or chef changed over time. They are also very much in collecting vogue.

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