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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Engraver Wyon’s work at its best

10 February 2020

This silver half crown proof from 1839 sold for £6000 at London Coin Auctions (20% buyer’s premium).

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Horses for courses at Malvern flea

10 February 2020

Dealers have their favoured pitches at B2B’s Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, as ATG discovers

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Bonhams sell medal marking lifesaving bravery

10 February 2020

This bronze Albert Medal, awarded to Lieutenant John Edward Gibbons (1905-71) for saving life at sea, sold for £8000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Bonhams Knightsbridge.

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Umayyad gold dinar equalled auction record for an Islamic coin

10 February 2020

This rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD) equalled the auction record for an Islamic coin (or any coin sold in Europe) when it was hammered down at £3.1m at Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium).

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Henry VIII gold coin makes £110,000 at Sovereign Rarities' joint auction with The Royal Mint

10 February 2020

Sovereign Rarities (20% buyer’s premium) conducted its second joint auction with The Royal Mint in the second half of last year.

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Visitor gives Bristol the brush-off

10 February 2020

Accounts of youthful travels in Britain and on a Grand Tour contain often blunt assessments

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Rockingham ceramics on offer in Rotherham

10 February 2020

On March 2 in Thurcroft, Rotherham, Paul Beighton will offer the second instalment of the Rowley collection of Rockingham pottery and porcelain produced locally in nearby Swinton in the first half of the 19th century. The collection was some 20 years in the making and comprised just over 120 pieces in total.

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Shackleton expedition sledge and flag blocked from export

08 February 2020

A sledge and flag that were taken on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Guidance for anti-money laundering regulation published

07 February 2020

The anti-money laundering guidance for Art Market Participants (AMPs) has finally been published.

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Arts & Crafts ewer, 17th century bible and neoclassical intaglios – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

07 February 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an 18th century Dutch East India Company bell that sold for more than 12-times estimate.

‘A la rencontre du plaisir’ by René Magritte

René Magritte surrealist scene lifts Christie’s modern art auction in London

07 February 2020

Auction records for Tamara de Lempicka and George Grosz boosted Christie’s latest Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art evening sales in London but it was a surrealist scene by René Magritte that made the largest contribution to the night’s total.

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George Medal awarded to brave boxer who foiled Princess Anne kidnap comes to auction

06 February 2020

When a kidnap attempt was made on Princess Anne on the Mall in London it was handy that nearby was a brave 6ft 2in, 17 stone former heavyweight boxer who without thought for his own safety rushed to her aid.

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Recovered works top Sotheby’s modern art auction

06 February 2020

Pictures restored to the family of an important Jewish collector whose property had been seized by the Nazis led Sotheby’s latest evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art in London.

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Rare teddies from museum collection bare all at auction in Newbury

06 February 2020

More than 300 teddy bears collected over an eight-year period are to be auctioned later this year.

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Antiques trade 'lagging behind on promoting its green credentials', celebrity interior designer says

05 February 2020

A leading interior designer will tell a gathering of antiques dealers next month that the trade has been slow to promote antiques as reused items – at a time when sustainability and climate change dominate political and commercial agendas.

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Business as usual despite fire at Guildford auction house

04 February 2020

Wellers of Guildford suffered a fire at its premises but has continued to operate its auction schedule despite disruption to phone lines.

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Rediscovered picture of female artist by society portraitist Philip de László comes to auction in Scotland

04 February 2020

A portrait previously unknown to the wider art market of the British female artist Isobel Codrington by Hungarian artist Philip de László (1869-1937) will be offered with an estimate of £8000-12,000.

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Appeal to trade to help find Regency clock stolen from Kensington antiques dealer

04 February 2020

An early 19th century mahogany bracket clock has been stolen from the shop of dealer Patrick Sandberg on Kensington Church Street.

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Regional market strong despite a year of turmoil

03 February 2020

Business was certainly hard-won but the elite of Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auction houses enjoyed a largely positive 2019.

International Autograph Auctions in liquidation

03 February 2020

International Autograph Auctions Ltd has ceased trading and is being placed in voluntary liquidation.

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