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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Another Agatha Christie record

05 April 2021

First published in the UK as a ‘Collins Crime Club’ title in 1970, an Agatha Christie novel brought a bid of £850 at Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: April 6-17, 2021

05 April 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Radiohead demo cassette evokes that Friday feeling

05 April 2021

Three previously unheard tracks by the band that went on to become Radiohead surfaced thanks to a demo cassette that sold at Merseyside auction house Omega (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT).

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Rock ‘n’ not just a roll

05 April 2021

They sang about a Champagne Supernova but ‘24 large cans of quality lager’ were more to their taste when Oasis stipulated their needs for band and crew at an early gig.

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Gloucestershire auction offers far from your normal antiques and collectables line-up

05 April 2021

With hindsight, the boast made by the Flying Steam Company – 'To China in Twenty-Four Hours Certain' – was a tad ambitious.

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Rare Swansea porcelain all white to buy

05 April 2021

Experiments with porcelain at the Swansea factory began in 1814 with the arrival of William Billingsley and Samuel Walker from the Nantgarw China Works.

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Aunt Mimi on behalf of John Lennon

05 April 2021

A note penned in December 1963 by Mary Elizabeth Smith from The Mendips, Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, to a Miss V Stoker of 54 Pirton Road, Hitchin, sold for £1300 to a UK online bidder at Wolverhampton saleroom Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) on March 19.

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Interview: Taking stock at Tomasso

05 April 2021

One year into lockdown and ahead of a select Sotheby’s sale of sculpture and bronzes, Dino Tomasso tells ATG how having the time to reflect has forged a new path – and name – for Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

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Stars came out for Grand occasion

05 April 2021

While the Grand Hotel, Birmingham, may not have the same ring as Hotel California, in the Sixties it was the place to check in. And even leave afterwards.

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Who said suburban life was dull?

05 April 2021

More Mod Brit delights from the Freer collection kept in a house full to bursting point

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Where eagles roost conceptually

05 April 2021

American film producer Elliott Kastner (1930- 2010) was responsible for many well-known movies including The Long Goodbye (1973), The Missouri Breaks (1976) and Angel Heart (1987).

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Antiques centre in revitalised former granary battles through to April reopening

05 April 2021

After three lockdowns but also a successful auction launch last August in between closures, Graham Hessell will be throwing open the doors once again to his Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre on April 12.

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Artists uncertain but appeal clear to bidders

05 April 2021

Portraits boosted takings at Mallams’ (24% buyer’s premium) latest picture sale in Oxford.

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The full home cinema experience

05 April 2021

The late Michael Armstrong was such a film fanatic that when the local cinema closed in his home town in 1993 he opened his own mini replica in his garage, complete with recycled fixtures and fittings.

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Affordable Art Fair: events at cities worldwide to come but it’s online for now

05 April 2021

The Affordable Art Fair has announced its live show dates this year in London, New York, Melbourne, Hong Kong and cities in Europe.

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Galaxy of film production roles in a long career

05 April 2021

Thirteen lots in the exotically named Dr Atomicas Journey into Cool auction at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on May 7 have been consigned from an individual who worked for 30 years in the film industry with some of the biggest names.

George Stubbs’ ‘Turf Gallery’

Racing away: Stubbs’ Turf Gallery prints sold for six times estimate in Gloucestershire

02 April 2021

A complete copy of the famous ‘Turf Gallery’ prints of champion racehorses of the Georgian era has sold at auction for £30,000.

Tamara Karsavina painting

‘Mother of modern British ballet’ portrait sold at Christie’s and donated to Royal Academy of Dance

31 March 2021

A portrait of the 'mother of modern British ballet’ will go on public display this autumn after dance enthusiasts rallied round to bid at auction.

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A new auction house in Wiltshire and fresh faces in Yorkshire and London are among this week’s saleroom updates

30 March 2021

New appointments at Roseberys and Ryedale Auctioneers are among the latest moves and appointments in the art and antiques sector.

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Pick of the week: A rare white bird worth waiting for

29 March 2021

Having postponed the sale in November and again in January, Chorley’s finally got to sell an exceptional private collection of early English porcelain in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, on March 24.

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