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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Pilkingtons charger given as a wedding present is among five lots to watch this week

08 August 2022

With estimates from £150-8000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction.

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Top stories this week – including news of David Bowie's police mugshot selling at auction

07 August 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an original police photo of David Bowie taken after he was arrested in Rochester, New York more than doubling estimate in Surrey.

Mahogany extending dining table

Top selling mahogany dining table stars in our pick of six auction highlights

05 August 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a George IV mahogany extending dining table with a label for Joseph Bexfield of Norwich that made six times estimate in Bath.

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Movers and shakers including the shortest retirement in the art and antiques sector

04 August 2022

Among the latest appointments is a new face at Bonhams Knightsbridge

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National Gallery acquires two paintings via government tax scheme

03 August 2022

Two Italian pictures have joined the National Gallery’s collection via the government’s inheritance tax scheme.

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French musical box and a Harold Knight portrait are among five lots to watch

01 August 2022

With estimates from £1000-35,000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

Royal Doulton figure of Sir Winston Churchill

Single-owner collection of Winston Churchill memorabilia offered in Newbury

30 July 2022

Special Auction Services is holding an auction in Newbury on August 9-10 that will feature the first part of a single-owner collection of Winston Churchill memorabilia.

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Six pieces of music memorabilia sold at auction including David Bowie's police mugshot

29 July 2022

A selection of standout lots sold recently – also featuring Del Boy's discovery of Peckham Spring Water

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Khnopff’s Medusa sketch tops sale of works from Isabel Goldsmith collection at Christie’s

27 July 2022

A small work on paper by the symbolist Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) led a selection of works from the Isabel Goldsmith collection offered at Christie’s.

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John Constable painting from Danny Katz's collection goes on show at Brighton's Royal Pavilion

25 July 2022

London art dealer Danny Katz is loaning a John Constable (1776-1837) painting which he bought at Sotheby’s last year to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.

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La Thangue rediscovery bears fruit at auction

25 July 2022

In a Ligurian Garden, a previously missing exhibition work by the British Impressionist Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929), sold for £180,000 (plus buyer’s premium) in the British, European and Sporting Art Sale at Tennants in Leyburn.

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Strong sales at TEFAF and Masterpiece despite a dates clash

25 July 2022

Sales abounded at TEFAF Maastricht and Masterpiece London this summer.

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Essex auction house to offer sea freight delivery option

25 July 2022

Auction house Sworders hopes to promote more sustainable delivery options by offering sea freight as opposed to air freight for international shipments.

Linnean Society of London Darwin-Wallace Medal

Eight Wallace medals stay together as one bidder buys them all

25 July 2022

A group of medals awarded to the great scientist, explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was fiercely contested at auction last week, hammered down for a £273,000 (or £327,600 with buyer’s premium) total against a high estimate of £80,900.

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Game changer: LAPADA tries out a Welsh event

25 July 2022

LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, is returning to The Game Fair this summer and plans to debut at The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Welsh Game Fair in the autumn.

Lord Byron mourning ring

Pick of the week: Romantic poet Byron remembered in the form of a mourning ring

25 July 2022

He may have been considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to Lord Byron (1788-1824) make for very welcome auction consignments.

Louis Vuitton trunk

A Louis Vuitton trunk discovered in an attic is among five lots to watch

25 July 2022

With estimates from £150-6000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Rare 17th century miniature bottle emerges for sale at BBR Auctions

25 July 2022

Among the very rarest bottles to appear for sale in recent months was a miniature shaft and globe in dark aqua glass, c.1650, sold in South Yorkshire.

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Traders take palace trip

25 July 2022

“Dealers are coming from far and wide including Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and of course Worcestershire and the West Midlands in general,” says Paul Rowson, who in May launched his new antiques and collectors’ fair in the atmospheric setting of Hartlebury Castle in Worcester, known as the Bishops’ Palace.

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Cambridge sale suggests no slowdown in Chinese bidding despite global challenges

25 July 2022

The reassuring news from the East began with the first lot offered at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) Fine Sale when 10 China-based bidders competed for a Republican-era porcelain Putai.

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