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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Cut-outs sharp at two auctions

17 February 2020

Sold for £4600 in a February 6 sale held in the Chichester salerooms of Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) was an album of cut-paper work produced by Elizabeth Cobbold c.1810-20.

New fair launch in Kirkcaldy

17 February 2020

A small fair is being launched in the Fife town of Kirkcaldy on Saturday, February 29.

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Anti-money laundering: Prepare for a handy 109 pages

17 February 2020

The art market is coming to grips with a new regime of stricter regulation which forces auction houses and dealers to know a lot more about their customers than ever before. The new anti-money laundering regulation came into force on January 10 but the market has been awaiting a document of guidance that will help them steer through this complex new regulations. Here art market lawyer Tom Christopherson, one of the BAMF team reviewing the new guidance, runs through the 109-page document to help explain some of the most complicated elements.

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Selection of playing cards to suit all buyers

17 February 2020

Star turn among some 120 lots of playing cards offered as part of a Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale was the last to be offered. A complete set of Charles Hodges’ Astronomical Playing Cards, it sold online for £3000.

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Many faces of Mod Brit art

17 February 2020

Modestly catalogued as English School, 1960s, a Modern British study of a head emerged as one of the top-selling pictures at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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York fair organiser launches another event in nearby market town

17 February 2020

Born and raised in York, Richard Cawood is the organiser of the city’s triannual 'Antique Home & Vintage Fair' and has now launched a second, smaller event in the nearby East Yorkshire market town of Pocklington.

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Ahmet opens new shop in Cecil Court

17 February 2020

Fine European porcelain specialist Serhat Ahmet has opened a new shop in London’s Cecil Court after more than five years in Grays Antique Centre.

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Single-owner Moorcroft sale gives a market overview

17 February 2020

A single collection of 490 pieces of Moorcroft dating from the 1890s to modern limited editions offered an overall view of the market when sold at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

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Why change a good brand?

17 February 2020

New Midhurst owner keeps the Emmott Promotions name going

Victorian iron bridle

Elizabethan beer jug, Irish chess set, Iron ‘witch's bridle’ – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

14 February 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Victorian iron head mask known as a gossip's bridle or witch's bridle that sold in Essex.

‘Evening Star at Full Steam’ by Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo ‘end of an era’ painting of British Rail’s last steam engine emerges at Sworders’ auction

13 February 2020

A painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail by the celebrated train painter, Terence Cuneo (1907-96), is being offered at Essex saleroom Sworders next month.

David Hockey 'The Splash' at Sotheby's

Hockney leads Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale at £21m

12 February 2020

Sotheby’s set the third-highest price for a work by David Hockney (b.1937) in London last night.

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Bruton antiques event put on hold as decorative fairs’ dates clash

12 February 2020

The annual Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair is cancelled this year due to a dates clash.

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And the award for ‘best antiques in a movie’ goes to…

10 February 2020

Ever been distracted by the antiques in a movie or TV series and wondered if they were ‘right’ or where they came from?

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Pick of the week: Bidder rides off with a £56,000 Ottoman saddle at Edinburgh auction

10 February 2020

The arts of the Ottoman court are performing strongly in the marketplace. The unexpected highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh on February 5 was an Ottoman saddle.

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Bomberg buoyant at London Art Fair

10 February 2020

Among several paintings by David Bomberg (1890-1957) that Beaux Arts London sold at London Art Fair (LAF) was an oil, 'Portrait of Dinora' (1952), offered for £70,000.

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Thinking caps on for Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair

10 February 2020

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair is a destination for many dealers and collectors, but some exhibitors noticed a cautious approach from buyers at its most recent staging.

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Rugs and carpets move on up at latest staging of London fair

10 February 2020

The latest staging of The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair was marked by strong sales of carpets and fewer big-ticket sales, according to organiser and exhibitor Aaron Nejad.

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Battersea fair provides a boost in dry January

10 February 2020

January has become a month of abstinence but bountiful fairs provided a welcome break.

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Lalique panels from luxury train steam into auction after Thomas Cook demise

10 February 2020

Three Lalique glass panels designed for the dining car of the Côte d’Azur Pullman Express train in 1928 will be offered at auction next week. The Joint Special Managers of Thomas Cook Group are the vendors.

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