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

René Boivin necklace

Art Deco necklace stars in our pick of five auction highlights

10 June 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare turquoise, rock crystal and black enamelled silver necklace by René Boivin that made over 10-times estimate in Birmingham.

Model of Liverpool Lime Street

Plea to help find stolen model trains from Lancashire collector

08 June 2022

Model railway enthusiast John Holden and the police are calling on the art and antiques sector to look out for a group of stolen model locomotives.

Jo Lloyd

New faces and promotions at Roseberys, Bonhams and Freeman’s  – the latest news from across the art and antiques sector

07 June 2022

Appointments in the UK, Asia and the US are among the latest jobs updates.

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A portrait of Lady Northcliffe and a René Lalique car mascot are among six lots to watch

06 June 2022

With estimates from £180-30,000, here are six previews of upcoming items.

Defra

Near-total ban on antique ivory comes into force

06 June 2022

The Ivory Act is now in force in the UK, bringing in a near-total ban on the sale of antique ivory.

Sir William Nicholson still-life

Nicholson still-life goes to dealer Richard Green

06 June 2022

London dealer Richard Green was the successful bidder on a Sir William Nicholson (1872- 1949) still-life sold for £440,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

Quebec

A landmark of Canadiana rediscovered in an attic

06 June 2022

Recently found in a Norfolk attic, a full set of Canadian scenes by the military artist and topographical draughtsman Major General James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847) sold for £130,000 at Forum Auctions (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

Duvivier’s Head of a Bearded Man

Colnaghi and Elliott team up as dealer partnerships blossom across the trade

06 June 2022

International gallery Colnaghi has formed a partnership with fledgling drawings dealer Will Elliott to launch Colnaghi Elliott Master Drawings.

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Sir Matthew Smith work sold at second attempt

06 June 2022

Showing the growing sensitivity towards estimates in the Modern British market, a portrait by Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) that had been unsold at Halls last year did rather better when it was reoffered last month with a reduced pitch.

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The time is right for Gwen John

06 June 2022

Welsh dealer holding an exhibition on the artist says he has constant requests for her work

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Bawden and wider Great Bardfield interest

06 June 2022

Two rare Edward Bawden (1903-89) prints showing Ives Farm in Great Bardfield drew interest in a Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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York teapot served up in Harrogate

06 June 2022

Highland Antiques brings a 19th century silver teapot from York to the second Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair of the year.

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Chuffed at scratchbuilt steam success in Battersea

06 June 2022

An engineer’s scratch-built working model of a steam locomotive, c.1940, in brass, steel and copper was one of the highlight sales at the last Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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Build your own hall of frame

06 June 2022

A group of more than 1000 original antique frame moulds from the studio of craftsman and frame maker John Tanous have been put up for sale.

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Still a demand for coal after all

06 June 2022

Simple white Wiener Werkstätte boxes epitomise fine design offered at trio of sales

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Jewellery worth getting sentimental about

06 June 2022

The sale at jewellery auction house Elmwood’s (25% buyer’s premium) in London on May 19 included a remarkable family archive of antique items.

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Ideas to get into the swing of it

06 June 2022

With Wimbledon on the way at the end of the month we look at options for memorabilia

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Portrait bust provenance with Peel appeal

06 June 2022

This late 18th century portrait bust of a gentleman by a sculptor from the circle of Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) is traditionally thought to depict the prominent British Whig statesman Charles James Fox (1749-1806).

British and Irish book auctions: June 7-18, 2022

06 June 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Georgian on our mind: end of an era at St James’s art community

06 June 2022

The upper floors of this elegant London brick building have housed notable names over the years, as dealers Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch describe

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