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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Mars intaglio makes a multi-estimate sum at Salisbury sale

13 May 2019

This gold ring mounted with an oval intaglio of the Roman god Mars made a multi-estimate £9000 at a sale of jewellery at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium).

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Sidney Nolan work found in a cupboard

13 May 2019

A monogram and faint signature to a botanical study sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) revealed it to be the work of celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan (1917-92).

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Fragment from Roman period sarcophagus – an example of very early recycling

13 May 2019

Although the antiquities market is more stringently regulated than ever before, the possibility of illicit material continues to cause concern for collectors of antiquities. This places a greater financial value on pieces with long watertight provenances.

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Gold 'pyxis' trinket box emerges at London auction

13 May 2019

In the Classical world, the so-called pyxis – a small round box used for storing trinkets, ointments or cosmetics – was often made from wood and other materials, but rarely in gold.

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New drawings fair shows its sense of style

13 May 2019

An exhibition of works by René Gruau (1909-2004), whose illustrations helped to reinvigorate the Parisian fashion industry after the Second World War, features on the stand of Galerie Alexis Pentcheff at the inaugural 'Draw Art Fair London'.

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Roman sports mask with shades of Quietus comes to TimeLine Auctions

13 May 2019

This finely preserved Roman sports mask of a youthful African prince may depict Lusius Quietus (98- 117AD), one of Rome’s great cavalry commanders.

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Get the visual low-down on Ludlow

13 May 2019

This oil on canvas of A June Day, Ludlow by Beryl Maud Sinclair (1901-67) is among the works featured at Miles Wynn Cato’s final exhibition devoted to views of the Shropshire market town.

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Rembrandt stands out at print event

13 May 2019

An etching by Rembrandt (1606-69) offered by CG Boerner for a five-figure sum was among the stand-out Old Master sales during the recent London Original Print Fair.

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Salerooms aim to create a home from home when dispersing traditional country house contents

13 May 2019

With ‘on the premises’ country house contents sales now so rare, the more usual practice is for the better pieces to be removed to saleroom bases.

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Tragic topics in text and images at The Arts Club show

13 May 2019

This 1979 photograph by German artist Astrid Klein is among the works on show at The Arts Club in London this summer.

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Classic special forces beret brings a very special price

13 May 2019

A classic SAS beige beret from the Second World War has sold for what is believed to be a record-breaking £17,500 hammer price.

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5 Questions: Dr Ivan Bonchev of Pax Romana

13 May 2019

Dr Ivan Bonchev is founder of Pax Romana in London, a specialist gallery and auction house offering ancient art and numismatics. He launched the business six years ago.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

13 May 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Advertising lots catch the eye at auctions

13 May 2019

Troubling subjects to today’s society as they may be, promotional materials for tobacco, alcohol, chocolates and petrol from the 19th and early 20th centuries remain a popular choice for collectors.

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Pioneering 16th century French work dances its way to a five-figure auction result

13 May 2019

Pitched at £15,000-25,000, a rare 16th century French work made its lower estimate at Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium).

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Fair organiser Matthew Adams celebrates a special birth

13 May 2019

Thirty years ago organiser Matthew Adams launched his antiques fair held at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

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Vintage rugs brought from Belgium to Bath fair

13 May 2019

Barry Fletcher specialises in vintage rugs and comes over regularly from Belgium to stand at the 50-dealer monthly Bath Vintage & Antiques Market.

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Frankenstein meets the sleepwalker

13 May 2019

An 1831, third (first illustrated) edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a version that not only contained a new introduction but added a new chapter to that famous work, sold for £2800 in a Norfolk sale.

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Collection of ‘London’s best-connected man’ Sir David Tang come to auction in Sussex

11 May 2019

Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist and socialite Sir David Tang, who died in August 2017, was a luxury goods entrepreneur who mixed with the rich and famous and counted members of the royal family as his friends.

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Jerwood Collection buys Michael Ayrton picture from Hertfordshire council auction at Cheffins

10 May 2019

The Jerwood Collection of Modern British art has emerged as the buyer of ‘Encounter No 1’, an oil painting by Michael Ayrton (1921-75). After selling at the recent auction it will now go on public view.

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