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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Hitchcock warns don’t be late or else…

08 April 2024

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) took great delight in making cameo appearances in the films he produced and directed.

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Bidders detect Grendey quality in pair of chairs

08 April 2024

Giles Grendey (1696-1780) was a well known English cabinetmaker with a workshop in Clerkenwell, a member of the Joiners company rising to Master.

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Lofty prices from attic comics find

08 April 2024

A collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.

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Clocks & watches: Fret design points to hand of famed maker

08 April 2024

Castings on Charles I era lantern clock suggests the work of William Bowyer

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Subject matter boosts sampler to over 80 times estimate

08 April 2024

Embroidered samplers can appeal to buyers for all kinds of different reasons.

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Ephemera provides treasure trove for a private press fan

08 April 2024

Archive offers glimpse into the golden age of small-scale publishing when tiny print runs were the norm

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Sandford Orcas Manor: ‘A lovely sale to preside over’

08 April 2024

Country house contents, global interest and a packed room of bidders - what more could an auctioneer wish for?

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Right time and place for Lowry

08 April 2024

A strong provenance is always desirable on the secondary market, but it is essential when it comes to selling works by LS Lowry (1887-1976) - arguably Britain’s most faked artist.

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How Gwen John sought creature comfort

08 April 2024

Watercolour of a sleeping feline – possibly her favourite cat – takes £19,000 in Cambridge saleroom

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Schendel powers into London venue

08 April 2024

An untitled ink on rice paper work by Brazilian artist Mira Schendel (1919-88) is among the works starring at the exhibition 'Live With It', staged at Battersea Power Station, where it is offered for $18,000.

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Marlborough Gallery to close after nearly 80 years in business

05 April 2024

Marlborough Gallery is to close after nearly 80 years in business following a decision by its board of trustees to wind down its operations.

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Christie’s reveals designer tie-up for latest decorative arts sales series

05 April 2024

A year ago Christie's relaunched its decorative arts auction series to run concurrently online in three cities: London, New York and Paris.

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Famous Titian comes to auction at Christie’s this summer

04 April 2024

The ‘Longleat’ Titian is coming to auction at Christie’s with a £15m-25m price tag.

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Dedicated Bloomsbury set auction comes to Bonhams

04 April 2024

An auction dedicated solely to the Bloomsbury set of artists and thinkers will be held at Bonhams for the first time this spring.

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Police appeal after violent robbery at Ian Towning’s Chelsea antiques centre

03 April 2024

Two thugs armed with hammers targeted Bourbon Hanby Antiques Arcade and smashed cabinets and attacked three people.

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Self-portrait by George Frederic Watts acquired by Watts Gallery via tax deal

03 April 2024

A self-portrait by artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) has been acquired by Watts Gallery in Compton, near Guildford.

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Pounds replace euros as currency for Artist's Resale Right in UK

02 April 2024

A change to Artist's Resale Right in the UK means the levy will now be calculated in pounds rather than euros.

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Scottish country house giltwood side tables spark international bidding battle

02 April 2024

A pair of 18th century giltwood side tables from a Scottish country house made £220,000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Police appeal for witnesses following theft at Congleton antiques centre

02 April 2024

Valuable silver and jewellery lost after smash-and-grab in Cheshire

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Mersey Beat newspapers sold at auction unveil an up and coming band - the Beatles

02 April 2024

By the start of 1962 the Beatles were on the cusp of stardom but challenges remained.

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