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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Pistol trio pack the punch of Keith Neal provenance

19 July 2021

Three pistol lots came to the fore at a recent sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Mirror on the crest of an auction wave

19 July 2021

The vast majority of cushion-moulded mirrors from the late 17th century have lost their original cresting, which was both flamboyant and fragile.

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The web shop window: Mogensen chair

19 July 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Marble bust among notable items gained by Cheffins in referral from Christie’s

19 July 2021

Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge has enjoyed some fine referrals from Christie’s in recent times.

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German Maxim machine gun makes five times low estimate in Ipswich sale

19 July 2021

The German Maxim machine gun was used to devastating effect on Allied troops during the First World War.

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Illustrated works, early printed books and a stand-alone picture make for an eclectic mix in London sale

19 July 2021

Among the earlier printed books, Bibles played their part in a wide-ranging auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium), and none so financially well as a fine, clean example of Robert Estienne’s Greek text Bible of 1550.

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Tula pistols take £27,000

19 July 2021

A premium-inclusive total of £1.5m was achieved at Holts’ (25/20% buyer’s premium) summer auction in Norfolk, the third consecutive sale held with no one bidding in the room because of Covid restrictions.

British and Irish book auctions: July 20-August 5

19 July 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Pepperbox revolvers add zest at Antony Cribb auction

19 July 2021

Two lots from the March 30 live online auction held by Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) of Newbury are shown here.

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Airguns shoot up the rankings

19 July 2021

Once the humble playthings of boys the world over, airguns now attract a keen collector following.

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Bob Dylan art stays on track at auction

19 July 2021

Artworks by another legendary musician, Bob Dylan (b.1941), drew decent competition once again at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

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Classic Art Deco selection of car mascots includes six-figure result for a notable Lalique rarity

19 July 2021

With their cross-over collecting appeal to the automobile market, Lalique 'bouchons de radiator' – car mascots or hood ornaments – assume their own price levels.

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Early work by Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett doubles artist's auction record

19 July 2021

An early painting by Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett (1946-2006) of Pink Floyd led a 200-lot picture section at a recent Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould

Fake or Fortune? returns to screens for its ninth season this month

17 July 2021

BBC TV show Fake or Fortune? is returning later this month after filming progressed in between lockdowns.

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Salop shop spotlight

17 July 2021

Shropshire is a fertile county for antiques centres and shops.

Portrait miniature by Sarah Biffin

Portrait by artist Sarah Biffin, born without hands, arms or feet, is among the latest pick of five auction highlights

16 July 2021

Our weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a portrait by artist Sarah Biffin which sold for more than ten times its estimate.

Marc Knighton
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England relaxes coronavirus restrictions but recommendations remain in place

14 July 2021

The UK government has confirmed that from July 19 in England many of the coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed.

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Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking

12 July 2021

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is to raise concerns with the government about the impact of Brexit on antique gold and silver exports into the EU.

Silver gilt chalice

Irish silver gilt chalice pre-dates Reformation

12 July 2021

This 6½in (16cm) Irish silver gilt chalice dating from c.1480 is a rare survival from before the Reformation.

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