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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Portrait of an art dealer

25 March 2019

This 1937 portrait of art dealer Ambroise Vollard is included in an exhibition of Picasso ceramics, linocuts, etchings, lithographs and books at Peter Harrington’s Fulham Road gallery.

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Ancient market a ‘thriving niche’

25 March 2019

It was during a period of intense industrialisation that the 19th century pastoral tradition in British print making flourished.

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Glass and ceramics greats star in saleroom

25 March 2019

Iconic names in the worlds of glass and ceramics starred in Kingham & Orme’s (20% buyer’s premium) wide-ranging March 1 sale at Evesham.

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’Noble’ blind stamp fires bids for Old Master drawing

25 March 2019

The Old Master section of Dominic Winter’s sale on March 7 yielded multi-estimate sums for two works that were linked to major names in Renaissance and marine art.

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Pub slot machine finds new home

25 March 2019

Having stood in the George IV pub in Workington since the 19th century, a mahogany penny slot machine made its last public appearance at Cumbrian auction house Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium).

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Trade and politicians out in force at BADA fair preview party

25 March 2019

At a swell party in the heart of Chelsea, with the Taittinger Brut Reserve free-flowing, BADA 2019 exhibitors could be forgiven for relaxing after days of stand set-up.

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Buzzing with 2000 stallholders

25 March 2019

Biannual event in Peterborough is set for a busy Easter as dealers rush to sign up.

Jaguar ready for Derby days

25 March 2019

Jaguar Fairs is launching a new biannual two-day antiques, collectors’ and vintage fair in Derby with the first to be held on Saturday and Sunday June 8-9 at the Derby Conference Centre.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

25 March 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Constable cloud studies inspire Lindy Guinness exhibition at London gallery Browse & Darby

23 March 2019

Paintings by Lindy Guinness reinterpreting the cloud studies of John Constable (1776-1837) go on show at Browse & Darby next week.

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Former Flog It! presenter Paul Martin to launch new show 'Curiosity' next month

22 March 2019

TV presenter Paul Martin is about to launch his new show ‘Curiosity’ as he juggles recruiting for his other show ‘Make Me A Dealer’ and running his new gallery in Wiltshire.

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BADA fair

Trade and politicians out in force at BADA fair preview party

22 March 2019

At a swell party in the heart of Chelsea, with the Taittinger Brut Reserve free-flowing, the BADA Fair's 2019 exhibitors could be forgiven for relaxing after days of stand set-up and moving fragile, valuable objects into place.

1927 Christmas card from Bentley Motors

Motoring memorabilia originally owned by Bentley’s founder to be exhibited at Bonhams in London

21 March 2019

For just one day in April, Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom will host an exhibition in celebration of the centenary of the legendary car marque Bentley.

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Fake or Fortune? to return to TV screens this year for eighth series with art sleuths Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

21 March 2019

Filming is underway for the latest episodes of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' which is scheduled to return to TV screens later this year.

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The queen with her eyes closed, Kate Moss on a lingerie shoot and Bill Nighy in his underwear – three portraits at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction

20 March 2019

Sotheby's March 20 Made in Britain auction featured a selection of paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design by British artists. Among the photographs were unusual images of the queen, fashion model Kate Moss and actor Bill Nighy.

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Bamfords' James Lewis aims for Guinness Book of Records with marathon charity auction

20 March 2019

James Lewis, founder and director of Bamfords auctioneers in Derbyshire, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous auction taken by a single auctioneer, in aid of wildlife charities.

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Sale of art owned by Hertfordshire County Council to go ahead despite protest

20 March 2019

Hertfordshire County Council is going ahead with the auction of artworks from its collection this week despite the launch of a petition to ‘save’ it from being dispersed.

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Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo ‘returns’ to France

20 March 2019

The successful buyer at auction of the ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ - the prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo - has taken the painting to his home in France.

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Salvador Dalí’s surrealist ‘champagne’ lamps designed for West Sussex home bought by V&A Museum

19 March 2019

A pair of ‘champagne’ lamps designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí has been bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum and will be reunited with Dalí’s Mae West Lips sofa.

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