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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Eye on an Object: 17th century portrait of Mother Louse from new venture

27 May 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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From the quirky and trendy to the traditional: Battersea Decorative fair reports strong sales

27 May 2024

Among the highlight sales at the recent Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair was a George III pine chest of drawers featuring more recent overpainting in willow pattern.

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Ian Bairnson’s Wuthering Heights guitar appears at Wiltshire auction

24 May 2024

Ian Bairnson’s guitar featured in Kate Bush’s debut 1978 hit 'Wuthering Heights' is being offered at Gardiner Houlgate in Wiltshire.

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Sotheby’s announces details of latest summer show

24 May 2024

Sotheby’s is hosting an exhibition in London this summer featuring 12 works loaned from museums. All the works are by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.

British Museum's Recovery Programme

British Museum recovers more stolen works but over 800 objects still missing

24 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection.

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Sotheby’s new pricing structure comes into effect

23 May 2024

Auction house reduces buyers’ and sellers’ fees but rivals are yet to follow suit

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Top artworks set to star in LAPADA’s 50th anniversary exhibition

22 May 2024

Online show features everything from fine art to furniture, Asian art to antiquities

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Rare collection of Fabergé animals to go to auction

22 May 2024

Mostly acquired over a four-year period, a 20-lot collection of Fabergé animals comes to Elmwood’s

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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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