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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Hockney makes a £21m splash but total is down

17 February 2020

The overall total from the latest London series of Contemporary art auctions was down year-on-year. With one day sale still to run at the time of going to press, the running total of £197.4m from the sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips compared to £253.9m from the equivalent sales in 2019.

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Exhibition staged in London by American dealer focuses on new wave of avant-garde photographic works

17 February 2020

Dealer Michael Shapiro’s exhibition of Modernist photography showcases works capturing a fundamental shift in style.

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Object lessons from Midhurst

17 February 2020

Two items in focus at Midhurst

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Lalique touch of glass in Glasgow

17 February 2020

Many familiar names were represented in a concentrated 145-lot specialist sale of British and Continental glass at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium), but the winner by a distance was Lalique’s Formose green glass vase.

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Pritchard enlarges showroom in Welsh market town

17 February 2020

Drew Pritchard is enlarging his showroom in the Welsh market town of Conwy. The first set of works are set to last about six to eight weeks, and the shop will be closed from February 21-March 25.

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Nelson bust sails high to top sale

17 February 2020

While furniture and books fully justified its title, The Oxford Library Sale at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) was led by a surprise star: a rather lowly regarded gesso bust of the sort that would have been a minor decoration to such a room.

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Cardiff City cup memories

17 February 2020

When buying back their heritage, Cardiff City FC and supporters may not be in the same financial league as Manchester United, but they were a welcome factor at Lockdales (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Designer’s textiles revived for the modern day

17 February 2020

A UK-based design studio trio last year took over the UK licence to the archive of Florence Broadhurst, an Australian designer whose whirlwind life came to a tragic end in 1977.

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Fishy Pelham footman puppet pulls the strings at Hansons

17 February 2020

The Fish Footman puppet is among the most sought after of the entire back catalogue of Pelham Puppets.

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Headlamps go for glamour at West Sussex sale

17 February 2020

According to patent documents dated February 1928, Woodlite headlamps invented by a William G Woods of Los Angeles were said to give the driver better illumination of distant objects ahead.

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Gripping money-makers beyond Bond and Star Wars

17 February 2020

Not all the posters making four figures at auction fall into the usual Star Wars/James Bond/Hammer/early horror bracket.

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction

17 February 2020

The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.

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Go west for vintage bazaars

17 February 2020

The first of the year’s two spring dates for the popular Vintage Bazaar held in the West Country will be on Saturday, March 14.

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Dorothea Sharp still-life blooms with bold colour in Surrey

17 February 2020

As well as painting sunny pictures of children on the beaches of Cornwall, Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) frequently turned her paintbrush to still-lifes.

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Byron bit back at a vampire fib

17 February 2020

Publisher tried to link book to the poet to boost sales but a revised version was issued instead

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Moseley Antiques Emporium closes after a quarter of a century

17 February 2020

Moseley Antiques Emporium south of Birmingham city centre is closing after more than 25 years in business.

British and Irish book auctions: February 18-March 4, 2020

17 February 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Burgess portrait of daughter draws serious attention in Dorset

17 February 2020

The Victorian artist John Bagnold Burgess (1829- 97), grandson of a painter who counted Thomas Gainsborough among his pupils, was best known as a painter of genre scenes.

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Modern design delights from husband-and-wife architects behind the new British Library

17 February 2020

The recent auction of 20th century design at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet was underpinned by more than 60 consignments from the estate of MJ Long.

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'New prints' refresh Japanese subjects

17 February 2020

Shin-hanga, meaning ‘new prints’, emerged in Japan during the early 20th century. Aimed at Western tastes, the artistic movement combined the traditional colourful woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e with nostalgic and romanticised Japanese subjects.

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