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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Beatles 'Butcher' album cover sold for a record in Liverpool Fab Four memorabilia sale

17 May 2019

John Lennon’s personal and signed ‘Butcher’ cover Yesterday and Today album prototype from 1966 sold for a record-breaking £180,000 ($234,400), including premium, in an auction held in Liverpool.

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A Ming dynasty fan, a rare Beswick horse and a stamp archive – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

17 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a gold paper fan signed for a Ming dynasty calligrapher that took a multi-estimate €28,000.

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Six places to see and buy art in London this weekend

17 May 2019

This weekend London plays host to two major photography fairs, a new drawing fair and several gallery exhibitions.

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Final Margaret Thatcher auction is a white-glove affair at Christie’s

17 May 2019

An auction that coincided with the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s historic election as the UK’s first female prime minister, raised a premium-inclusive £1.08m at Christie’s.

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Writers’ association launches fund-raising campaign to keep judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' in the UK

16 May 2019

Writers’ association English PEN has launched a campaign to raise the £56,250 needed to buy the judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' that has been barred from export.

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On with the show: at Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, spirits and sales were high - an ATG picture special

16 May 2019

A shocking ram-raid by jewellery thieves failed to dampen the spirits and order books of many exhibitors at the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair on May 10-12. ATG visited on Saturday to observe a bustling fair judged to have been a successful curtain-raiser for the summer season.

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Andy Pandy’s friend Teddy is set to perform at auction in Kent

16 May 2019

People of a certain age will be filled with nostalgia when they see this teddy bear coming to auction at C&T in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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Wartski reveals its treasures at BADA Friends next generation party

15 May 2019

The latest BADA Friends Young Dealer Networking Evening was held at Wartski last night.

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Judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' barred from leaving country in hope of finding UK buyer

15 May 2019

The government has temporarily stopped the export of the judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from the infamous obscenity trial.

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Qianlong throne takes £5.2m at Christie’s auction

14 May 2019

A fervent bidding battle was witnessed in London earlier today as a Chinese throne sold for five times estimate at Christie’s.

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Police appeal for help to catch ram-raiders of Petworth antiques fair

14 May 2019

Burglars in a pick-up truck and an SUV ram raided the Petworth antiques fair at the weekend, stealing jewellery and cash belonging to dealers exhibiting at the three-day fair.

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Prince Charles painting, Churchill funeral memento and HP Sauce –Harold and Mary Wilson auction takes £226,000

14 May 2019

Harold Wilson (1916-95) was Britain’s prime minister twice and won four out of five general elections, more than any other post-war British leader of any party.

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Pick of the week: Figurehead full of canine quality points way to £52,000 result at Charles Miller auction

13 May 2019

A carving of a deerhound which once adorned a 19th century yacht more than doubled the house record for a figurehead at a Charles Miller auction in west London. The item sold for £52,000 had a royal connection but it was the quality and condition which secured the high price, said Miller.

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Government consultation ahead of new anti-money laundering laws

13 May 2019

The government is seeking views from the art and antiques market on how new anti-money laundering laws will impact the trade.

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A First Folio at Firsts as book fairs pack early June

13 May 2019

Running from June 7-9 at Battersea Evolution, the upcoming ' 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair' will feature 150-exhibitors.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Lichenstein panel for Brigitte Bardot, a Suffragette medal and musical table clock

13 May 2019

With estimates from £100-$1m, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Five highlights estimated under £1000 at Halls’ Asian sale this week – including an Indian rarity donated to a charity shop

13 May 2019

Halls' sale on May 15 in Shrewsbury, combining Asian objects with a country house sale, has ceramics, textiles and paintings at a range of prices to tempt new collectors. ATG picked five items for closer inspection.

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Six places to buy golfing memorabilia around the UK and beyond this month

13 May 2019

A weekend of watching the British Masters might inspire a spate of related buying, but golf memorabilia is a perennial favourite for some collectors.

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Two brocantes coming up in Rutland and Suffolk

13 May 2019

Dealers Neil Honor and Jonathon Pegg run Catesbys, an interiors shop, from their home in the village of Exton, Rutland.

British and Irish book auctions: May 14-25, 2019

13 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 14-25, 2019.

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