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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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London Art Week announces details of summer schedule

10 April 2021

Details of the selling exhibitions in galleries in central London and online this summer have been announced by London Art Week (LAW).

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Armorial head with link to Anne Boleyn stars in this week’s pick of five auction highlights

09 April 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 16th century oak head of a crowned leopard that made 10-times estimate in Essex.

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Funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies helps Art UK improve access to public art

07 April 2021

Public access to artworks in UK collections has been given a boost with a tie up between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Art UK.

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A Lalique bowl and a Rolex Submariner are among four lots to watch at auction

06 April 2021

With estimates from £300-12,000 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Pick of the week: The 'earliest known portrait of an African in Persian art’

05 April 2021

Among the highlights of last week’s Islamic and Indian art sales in London was this late Safavid portrait of a mercenary in the Persian army painted in the cosmopolitan city of Isfahan c.1680-90.

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Auctioneer Lee Young leaves Duke’s and buys local Somerset saleroom

05 April 2021

Lee Young, Asian specialist and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert, has become the new owner of Frome saleroom Dore & Rees. He left his role as managing director at Duke’s last week.

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London print fair morphs into Print Week

05 April 2021

The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) has modified its operations to suit the current restrictions and plans a Print Week in dealers’ galleries next month.

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Cold courage comes into play for Victoria Cross from First World War

05 April 2021

“I joined up as a youngster for a bit of fun, but it didn’t turn out like that. We were young men made old before our time.”

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Mountbatten family collection raises £5.6m at Sotheby’s

05 April 2021

Sotheby’s reported 1400 bidders from 55 countries participating in the auction of the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017).

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Venus copies old and new

05 April 2021

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, has been a favourite subject in art since ancient times.

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Hound kept in garage

05 April 2021

Classic Hammer Horror film posters are always popular at auction. This example below was probably the first UK quad release of The Hound of The Baskervilles (1959) starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Fair powers on at the museum

05 April 2021

While the Museum of Power at Maldon in Essex does not yet have a firm date for reopening – to gaze at the original mighty steam-pumping machines – Steve Haddon of Haddon Events can still make use of the site.

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Flea London to reopen with 27 stalls on April 17

05 April 2021

“We are super-excited to be reopening our Flea London again on Saturday, April 17, after so long and we are planning on 27 stalls and 10 container shops here at Vinegar Yard,” enthused Christian Scrimgeour about her fleamarket held a few minutes from London Bridge Station.

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Entertainment memorabilia: Cover stories

05 April 2021

The name Abbey Road has gone far beyond its significance as a smart street in north London thanks to renowned music studios and a seminal album

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Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones poster successes

05 April 2021

A highlight of the Omega (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT) Punk, Indie & New Wave auction on January 26 was an original listing poster for the Sex Pistols’ ill-fated 1976 Anarchy tour.

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Inspired by Sir Walter Scott

05 April 2021

Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites

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Bowie unreleased and unheard

05 April 2021

Space for an oddity in your vinyl collection? David Bowie fans obviously feel that way.

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Hat that fell to Earth and a Strange tale about a suit

05 April 2021

As the sale title suggested, plenty of Bowie material appeared in Omega’s (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT) David Bowie & Glam Rock Vinyl Records & Memorabilia auction earlier this year.

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Battle mags and Dr Who go into action

05 April 2021

Publishers’ file copies of the first 199 issues of War Picture Library, pocket-sized and essentially pictorial publications of the years 1958-63, brought a bid of £3250 in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale.

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