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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Second hand campaign may boost market for vintage clothes

16 September 2019

The charity Oxfam estimates that it saves about 47 million items of clothing a year from landfill. Its new superstore in Oxford is promoting Oxfam’s 'Second Hand September' campaign with the aim of encouraging people to buy vintage instead of new clothes.

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Art dealer Bill Clark marks 20 years with Northern art

16 September 2019

Marking 20 years in business, Clark Art is holding a show featuring works by some of the key artists it has championed across two decades.

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Ivory nutcrackers could become a museum piece

16 September 2019

Entered by a vendor who hated them, a pair of 6in (15.5cm) long 19th century nutcrackers reflected in their way two different aspects of auctioneering today: how smaller country firms see their future and what will happen to antique ivory items when most of the trade in them is banned.

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Doulton Lambeth character mug, Elizabethan first edition, Lonitz majolica owls – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

13 September 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a seemingly unrecorded Doulton Lambeth character mug and a pair of lifelike majolica owls produced at the Hugo Lonitz factory.

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Christie’s launches young collectors club to attract new buyers to the art world

13 September 2019

Christie’s Education has launched The Young Collectors Club to help enthusiastic young art lovers to increase their knowledge and collections.

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‘Stolen’ Joshua Reynolds portrait at centre of controversy between UK family and Japanese museum

12 September 2019

A Japanese museum has claimed it bought a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds “in good faith and without fault from a respectable art dealer” after it was identified as being stolen from a UK stately home.

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Two collections from celebrated interior designers to be offered at auctions at Bonhams this autumn

12 September 2019

A collection from interior designer and socialite Nicky Haslam and another from decorator and dealer Christopher Hodsoll will be offered at auction at Bonhams London.

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BADA chief Marco Forgione: ‘We’ve sold the fair to ensure its future. Change was essential.’

11 September 2019

In a controversial move, the British Antique Dealers' Association has sold a majority stake in its annual fair to external investors, who will relaunch it as The Open Art Fair.

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Miniature sedan chair by Fabergé takes £380,000 at Cotswold auction

11 September 2019

A model of a sedan chair by Fabergé made of gold, jade and rock crystal was sold at an auction in Gloucestershire for £380,000 to a bidder on the phone.

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Plea to antiques trade to help find stolen paperweight collection

11 September 2019

The owner of a collection of paperweights is calling on the antiques trade to look out for items that have been stolen from a car in south London.

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Lincolnshire auction house Golding Young & Mawer expands into Leicestershire

10 September 2019

Golding Young & Mawer has opened a valuation and consignment office in Leicester, to cover the Midlands area.

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BADA sells its London fair

09 September 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association has sold a majority stake in its annual fair to “make it sustainable for the future”.

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Social media storm stops Maori cloak auction

09 September 2019

Sussex auction house Burstow & Hewett has withdrawn a rare Maori cloak after its imminent sale was met by online threats and abuse.

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Latest sales at London’s tribal gathering

09 September 2019

Dealer Ian Shaw sold this Tutsi shield, made of lightweight wood with natural pigment and offered for £13,000, to an interior designer from Denmark at last week’s 'Tribal Art London' fair.

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Pick of the week: Museum wraps up sale of coveted coverlet

09 September 2019

The National Museums of Scotland has been revealed as the buyer of the Storrar Coverlet – a rare woollen textile withdrawn at the 11th hour from a sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh in August.

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Glasses ‘used by Mary Lincoln’ on fateful night come to auction in Essex

09 September 2019

Could these be the opera glasses used by Mary Lincoln on the night her husband was assassinated? Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie will offer them for sale on September 24-25 with a guide price of £10,000-20,000.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Snow White animation, medieval bowls and a gold armorial ring

09 September 2019

With estimates from £200-25,000, here are four previews from upcoming sales this week.

British and Irish book auctions: September 10-26, 2019

09 September 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 10-26, 2019.

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Galloway features punch bowl at Duncombe Park Fair

09 September 2019

A large Georgian silver punch bowl made in 1824 (below) is available to buy from Highland Antiques of Aberdeen for £2450 at the next Galloway fair.

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Buyers get teeth into ivories

09 September 2019

Japanese carved ivories of a tiger and an elephant soared far above estimate at Chorley’s (22% buyer’s premium).

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