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

Nicholas Sprimont picture

Ceramics dealer E&H Manners buys Nicholas Sprimont portrait again – this time for the V&A

13 June 2022

A historically significant portrait of Nicholas Sprimont (1716-71) is set to stay in the UK after dealer Errol Manners sold it for the second time in his career – this time to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Rita Konig

Decorator Rita Konig to provide interiors advice during BADA Week

13 June 2022

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has teamed up with interior designer Rita Konig for its annual event BADA Week.

Three Graces

Three Graces among highlights of Buxton Antiques Fair

13 June 2022

This near-life size 19th century cold painted bronze of the Three Graces sold at the Buxton Antiques Fair last month.

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A Van Cleef brooch and an Arts and Crafts vase are among six lots to watch this week

13 June 2022

With estimates from £300-20,000, here are six previews of upcoming items.

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Larkin leaps to five figures twice

13 June 2022

Two volumes of poetry offered in London auction were published by the Marvell Press.

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Medals: not just for the military

13 June 2022

Spotlight on honours sold recently includes courageous lifesavers from civilian backgrounds.

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Brave as a lion, proud to be a guinea pig

13 June 2022

Flight Lieutenant Maurice ‘Mark’ Mounsdon was one of only four remaining members of Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘The Few’ when he died in 2019 aged 101.

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Three albums, 410 wood engravings – Gwen Raverat’s work as a personal record

13 June 2022

Three albums containing in all some 410 wood engravings by Gwen Raverat (1885-1957), compiled by the artist as a personal record of her work and sold by a descendant, made a total of £34,500 at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) on May 11.

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Rare Rorke’s Drift casualty honour comes up at auction

13 June 2022

In May 2019 Spink (20% buyer’s premium) medal specialist Marcus Budgen was entrusted to catalogue the medals of Gunner A Howard, ‘N’ Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Artillery, one of just four members of the RA present at the defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War.

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Polish para auction pick

13 June 2022

A selection of Second World War ephemera with a distinctly Polish flavour estimated at £60-100 sold instead for £7600 at a Devon auction.

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‘Magnificent’ medal collection generates many four-figure results at Suffolk sale

13 June 2022

A private medal collection rated by Ipswich saleroom Lockdales (18% buyer’s premium) as “magnificent” was offered on May 20-22.

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Brothers brought South American magic via Barnsley

13 June 2022

Long before Mirandinha, Faustino Asprilla and Nolberto Solano graced the hallowed turf of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, two brothers paved the way for South American footballers to play professionally in England.

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Olympia: A grand day out

13 June 2022

The summer Art & Antiques Fair is now running in Olympia Grand, the largest of the halls.

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Masterpiece: raise a glass

13 June 2022

Prestigious Chelsea fair Masterpiece can even boast an official champagne partner.

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Author closes a collecting chapter

13 June 2022

Horror and fantasy novelist went from buying comic art to modern European purchases.

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Previews: Ceramics

13 June 2022

Ceramics selection coming up at auction this summer.

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North west by Northern painter Delaney

13 June 2022

Another artist for whom a plentiful supply of works is available is Northern painter Arthur Delaney (1927-87).

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Fletcher goes with the Thames flow

13 June 2022

A late Victorian oil on canvas depicting steam ships on the Thames at Wapping drew a protracted bidding battle at Ramsay Cornish’s (20% buyer’s premium) recent Homes & Interiors auction in Edinburgh.

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Pechstein exhibits his primitive appeal

13 June 2022

A woodcut by German Expressionist Max Pechstein (1881-1955) brought overseas interest to Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium) back on March 3-5.

Nicolas Poussin's Confirmation

UK buyer sought for £19m Nicolas Poussin picture

11 June 2022

A temporary export bar has been placed on a Nicolas Poussin picture in the hope a UK buyer can be found to pay £19m and keep it in the country.

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