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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Mosaic fragments ‘from a Roman villa’ sell in Bristol

14 September 2020

Consigned from a private deceased estate, a group of decorative mosaic floor tile fragments took a multi-estimate £2200 at Clevedon Salerooms (22% buyer’s premium) in Bristol.

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Watch tested to not quite destruction

14 September 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master, originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights, was made as an aviator watch.

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Speed dating: Bidders rapidly assess signs of age in hunt for undervalued material

14 September 2020

When it comes to Old Masters, sleeper spotters will trawl through auction catalogues looking to spot works of an earlier date than specified.

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A West Sussex invasion: the Brits came and spent

14 September 2020

The buying crowd at IACF Ardingly was more local than usual but no less enthusiastic

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Fair ready for take-off in Petersfield

14 September 2020

Sara Hughes is delighted that her Vintage, Antiques and Militaria Fair at Petersfield’s Festival Hall is finally going ahead on Sunday, September 27, with 50 dealers.

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Egyptian mask comes to Somerset auction

14 September 2020

This Egyptian polychrome painted wood sarcophagus mask comes from the lid of an anthropoid coffin. These were coffins carved to the outline of the mummy’s body and decorated with the face and wig of the deceased.

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Bidders give their royal approval at Bellmans' sale

14 September 2020

Provenance of the Duke of Gloucester adds extra appeal to single-owner collection

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Omega 'Ed White' Speedmaster takes £8500 in Buckinghamshire sale

14 September 2020

The highlight of NASA’s 1965 Gemini IV mission was the first space walk by an American. As astronaut Ed White floated free outside the spacecraft for approximately 20 minutes in June 3 he wore an Omega Speedmaster Ref 105.003 strapped by Velcro to the outside of the left-side sleeve of his G4C space suit.

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‘Pogue’ Seiko craved by collectors

14 September 2020

The Seiko Ref 6139 or Pogue is a watch that many ‘Swiss’ collectors covet because of its good looks and space heritage.

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Hooray for the hussars: Duke of Gloucester's regimental collection brings demand

14 September 2020

The collection of pictures formerly owned by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, offered at Bellmans included 42 lots relating to the 10th Royal Hussars.

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Group lot contained a Samian surprise

14 September 2020

Unearthed in a group lot at Lindsay Burns (20% buyer’s premium) in Perth, this Roman marbled Samian ware bowl is believed to closely relate to another in the British Museum.

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Things we learned at IACF Ardingly

14 September 2020

Top tips from IACF’s Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair.

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5 Questions: antiques dealer Benjamin Aardewerk

14 September 2020

Dealer Benjamin Aardewerk has been in the trade for more than 25 years. He is the husband of Holly Johnson who recently opened a new showroom in Knutsford.

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15 watches and jewellery items coming up at auction including an Art Deco butterfly brooch

14 September 2020

With so many auction houses selling jewellery throughout late July and August this year, there was scarcely a summer break. However, the volume of material offered for sale will increase markedly this month. Pictured here is a brief selection of pieces available to bid for at home and abroad.

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The Fine Art Society gallery finds quirky Soho home

14 September 2020

Two years after closing its Mayfair base the gallery has reopened in lively Carnaby Street in London.

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It’s great to be back at Malvern says B2B

14 September 2020

B2B Events is truly back on the road, said director Helen Yourston after the turnout at the first Malvern Flea since lockdown at the Three Counties Showground on Monday, August 31.

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Selling now: Exhibitors report “exciting” opening day at Petworth as dealers and buyers reunite after coronavirus lockdown

12 September 2020

Dealers at Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, the first higher-end vetted fair to take place since lockdown ended, recorded sales within minutes of opening yesterday.

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London Art Week launches second symposium with focus on Raphael

12 September 2020

The second annual London Art Week Symposium celebrates Renaissance artist Raphael (1483-1520) on the 500th anniversary of his death.

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Royal clockmaker’s musical table clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

11 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an 18th century musical table clock by the London royal clockmaker John Ellicott (1706-72) that drew strong demand at an auction in the Netherlands.

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Oldest surviving FA Cup to be offered at auction at Bonhams

10 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910 including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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