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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Classic Mercedes that became a prized possession

20 June 2022

The vendor of this 1966 Mercedes W111 250 SE Auto Coupé won it in a competition.

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Grand Tourists who got serious

20 June 2022

The term ‘Grand Tour picture’ is somewhat amorphous. It is mostly used to refer to 18th century and 19th century works purchased by wealthy young gentleman on their travels around Europe, particularly in Italy, as they ‘completed’ their education.

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Trailblazer Booth showed beauty of older items

20 June 2022

A group of 140 lots owned by dealer Joanne Booth is coming to auction in Henley-on-Thames this summer.

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Giulia gets away successfully

20 June 2022

This exciting 1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1300 emerged for auction at Tennants (10% buyer’s premium).

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Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale

20 June 2022

Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.

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George Formby grateful for his big brake

20 June 2022

Lancashire singer, comedian and actor George Formby (1904-61) performed to audiences around in the world in the 1930s-40s. Famous for his comical and occasionally double entendre-laden songs, he became Britain’s highest-paid entertainer at the time.

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Fitzgerald: it’s a family affair

20 June 2022

A group of 39 lots at Dreweatts’ latest Old Master, British and European Art sale on May 26 came from a descendant of the artist John Anster Fitzgerald (1832-1906).

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Staffordshire pottery: Creators fired up by their beliefs

20 June 2022

Grisly figures burning at the stake reflected religious background of Staffordshire potters

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Trade boosted with pub grub and strawberries

20 June 2022

Innovative marketing ideas are part of the package for a Norfolk event

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Antiques centre owners open second shop in Beccles

20 June 2022

A new antiques shop opens in listed 18th century building following refurbishment

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The depleted Britains set still full of appeal

20 June 2022

The Britains Boer War Army Service Corps Supply Column set is described by toy soldier expert James Opie as “one of the must-have sets for keen collectors”.

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Record price set for a Louis Wain ceramic cat at Kinghams

20 June 2022

In June 2008, Canterbury Auction Galleries claimed a record price for a Louis Wain ceramic when a version of the 11in (28cm) Futurist Cat in blue with Amphora factory marks sold at £8200.

Algernon Marsden by James Tissot

UK museum sought for £2.4m James Tissot picture

18 June 2022

The UK government has placed a temporary export bar on a James Tissot picture in the hope a UK buyer can be found to pay £2.4m and keep it in the country.

Rolex watch

A rare war-time Rolex and a pointillist picture in our pick of five auction highlights

17 June 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare pre-Oyster chronograph made by Rolex and bought in 1940 by a serviceman killed during the Second World War.

Birdie Fortescue’s home

Cheffins teams up with interior designer Birdie Fortescue for upcoming auction

16 June 2022

Auction house Cheffins has worked with Birdie Fortescue, who runs her own homewares brand, to show how antiques can work in any home.

Asian Art in London

Summer walking trail launched by Asian Art in London

15 June 2022

Asian Art in London is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary with a summer event.

Sunbury Antiques Market

Packed summer of fairs across the UK

13 June 2022

Sunbury Antiques Market holding a Sunday staging at Kempton, Love Fairs’ launch of an annual antiques festival in Tunbridge Wells and a fresh location for Flea London are among the latest new events this summer.

Shipping of artworks

‘Breakthrough’ for shipping art by sea

13 June 2022

Plans to drastically reduce the carbon emissions of the art and antiques sector by cutting air freight have been put forward by a group of art market businesses.

John Bellany picture

Pick of the week: The £80,000 picture before Bellany went off the railings

13 June 2022

Works by John Bellany (1942-2013) abound at auction, with at least 2000 pictures sold in the last 10 years.

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Mr Derbyshire, a sword and an Armenian mystery

13 June 2022

Whatever Mr Derbyshire, The Worthy Representative of Freedom Loving Great Britain was doing in the Caucasus in 1920, the Armenians of Karabach were obviously pretty pleased about it.

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