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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Lemania – maker to the British forces

15 June 2020

Lemania is a name that should be as well-known as that of Omega or Tissot. The firm – dubbed by one watch blogger as ‘the greatest maker of watches that you may never have heard of’ – provided every single chronograph movement that those much better-known brands used until the 1970s.

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Old Masters bidders display appetite for works unattributed or with condition issues

15 June 2020

The lockdown may have reduced the number of UK auctions taking place but buyers have been looking more eagerly for opportunities at those events that have been staged.

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Hambling makes sale waves

15 June 2020

A group of eight works by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) appeared at a recent online sale held by Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium).

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Emperor makes an entrance

15 June 2020

As collectors are squeezed out of the market for watches by Rolex and Omega, prices for vintage chronographs by ‘lesser’ makers are steadily rising in value.

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Longines watch brings strong interest at in Selborne auction

15 June 2020

The Longines WWW is deemed the second rarest of the ‘Dirty Dozen’. These watches, made by 12 different Swiss brands, were ordered by the British Ministry of Defence during the tail-end of the Second World War for issue to army ground personnel.

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Auction previews: issue 2447

15 June 2020

Fifteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

British and Irish book auctions: June 16-26, 2020

15 June 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

Thomas Patch painting

Old Master dealers consign works directly to Sotheby’s for dedicated online auctions

12 June 2020

Sotheby’s is staging two online auctions of works consigned directly from 39 different Old Master dealers.

The Drunkard by Joaquín Sorolla

Dealer Daniel Katz sells Sorolla’s study of a drunkard to National Gallery

11 June 2020

The National Gallery in London has bought a painting by Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) for £325,000 from London’s Daniel Katz Gallery.

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Government confirms 'non-essential retail' in England can reopen to the public from June 15

10 June 2020

Shops, retail galleries and auction houses in England will be able to reopen from June 15, the business secretary has confirmed.

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New faces - the latest Movers and Shakers at auction houses

10 June 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques including at John Nicholson’s and Phillips.

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Rare Rembrandt self-portrait comes to auction at Sotheby’s

08 June 2020

A self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) – one of just three in private hands – is coming to auction at Sotheby’s next month.

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Safety first as dealers get set to resume indoor trading and fairs prepare to restart

08 June 2020

Dealers, fair organisers and antiques centre managers are preparing to return to business with a mixture of enthusiasm and caution.

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London auction rooms back to ‘new normal’

08 June 2020

Auction houses in London have announced they are restarting live auctions in June.

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I’ll get my sandals – a big welcome for Roman bronze

08 June 2020

Among the best-performing lots at the latest mammoth sale held by TimeLine in Harwich, Essex was this 1st-2nd century hollow-formed bronze foot.

‘Coming from the Match’ by LS Lowry

People watching: Christie’s to stage auction of LS Lowry works online

08 June 2020

A group of 19 paintings and drawings by LS Lowry will offered in a one-off online auction at Christie’s that closes on July 2.

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A Lowestoft teapot, Georgian woodwork tools and an Omega watch are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

08 June 2020

With estimates from £200-15,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Zinkeisen sisters double up at auctions

08 June 2020

It was a case of interesting artist, distinctive painting and intriguing subject that sparked a strong bidding competition at a Glasgow sale.

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Suffolk artist shines in Norfolk auction

08 June 2020

Three works by Ipswich painter perform well in rescheduled East Anglian-themed auction

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Fans for staying cool in the social sense

08 June 2020

Keeping cool was just one of the many uses of the Georgian and Victorian fan.

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