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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Getting a grip on a £20,000 Fairbairn-Sykes dagger

01 July 2019

A rare variant of the classic Second World War commando knife has sold for 200 times its lower estimate at a North Yorkshire auction.

Men charged over 2017 Feltham book theft

01 July 2019

Two men will appear in court in connection with the 2017 theft of rare books from a west London warehouse.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including novelty Victorian silver, a George III tea caddy and a rare Middle English manuscript

01 July 2019

With estimates from £50-90,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Church gates lead to bidding battles in two salerooms

01 July 2019

In market terms, ecclesiastical gates are not the subject of mass appeal but examples by major 19th century designers certainly had their devotees at two June sales.

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Pick of the week: Silver pomander from Tudor period sells above predictions at Cirencester auction

01 July 2019

The origin of ‘Tudor’ globe pomanders is still under discussion. It is generally thought that most originate from northern Europe but were probably made by itinerant craftsmen in a number of countries.

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Chinese vase and trinket make multi-estimate prices after emerging at regional auctions

01 July 2019

Catalogued as a ‘tin glazed hand painted Chinese vase – 17in (42cm) tall’ and estimated at £50-80, a late 17th century Kangxi period famille verte porcelain vase of waisted trumpet form sold on June 22 for a healthier £12,000 – 150 times the top estimate.

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Buyer nets a silver tennis bangle

01 July 2019

This silver tennis bangle, below, triggered a classic singles match at auction.

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Metellus maps out a sale success

01 July 2019

Beyond the Horizon was the title given to the remarkable Mopelia collection of atlases and travel books offered in a June 5 sale in London.

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Dove design wings its way to auction

01 July 2019

Scantily catalogued as a Georgian/Victorian micro-mosaic plaque depicting a dove, a classic example of the pieces produced by Italian craftsmen and beloved by wealthy Britons on the Grand Tour was equally appreciated by bidders at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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That’s the spirit at £5900

01 July 2019

Top-seller at Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest specialist motoring accessories sale was a hanging lightbox proclaiming the virtues of Pratt’s Perfection Spirit.

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Would you Adam and Eve it?

01 July 2019

A study for the mysterious painting 'Allegory' by Thomas Monnington (1902-76) features in Liss Llewellyn’s exhibition of religious art in 20th century Britain. It shows a nude man and woman before a tree, an overt visual reference to Adam and Eve, but one which the artist denied.

British and Irish book auctions: July 2-13, 2019

01 July 2019

Our listing of British and Irish book auctions taking place from July 2-13.

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Serene Seago Thames scene is a Suffolk star

01 July 2019

An Edward Seago painting, The Thames at Henley, is among the highlights at the annual summer sale held at Thomson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

01 July 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Moorcroft in miniature – a microcosm of the art pottery world

01 July 2019

No good library of British art pottery literature is complete without a copy of Paul Atterbury’s 'Moorcroft'. The jacket illustration alone with its myriad tube-lined miniatures in a bewildering range of forms and patterns is particularly memorable. More than one collector has attempted to emulate the beguiling display.

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Publicity-shy artist Percy Kelly now on a high

01 July 2019

Percy Kelly (1918-93) was so averse to the limelight that only a few of his paintings were ever shown publicly during his life. But a major retrospective in 2015 and a birth centenary last year has helped raise the Cumbrian artist’s profile – and his prices.

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Talisman owner takes a break

01 July 2019

Talisman, the large King’s Road emporium of antiques and interiors , is marking its final months with 50% off all stock. Owner Ken Bolan kicked off the sale earlier this month and it continues until doors finally close on the shop on July 31.

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Sister among brothers in arms

01 July 2019

The story of a woman who bound her chest with sacking and cotton, cut her hair and dyed her skin using furniture polish to get to the Western Front is one of the highlights at Norwich Book Fair.

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Seven museums marking ‘The Year of the Dealer’

01 July 2019

A year-long programme aimed at bringing the history of British antiques dealing to the public has launched with the support of seven UK art institutions.

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5 Questions: Emily Walsh

01 July 2019

Emily Walsh is managing director of The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh, which deals in Scottish art from 1650 to the present.

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