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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Klimt drawing from Beethoven Frieze makes £32,000 at Chiswick Auctions

31 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) sold to a phone bidder for £32,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions last week.

Art market will be given more time to register under Money Laundering Directive

31 August 2020

Art market businesses will have more time to register under the 5th Money Laundering Directive.

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A Byzantine pendant, a William Morris vase and a Wainwright print are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

31 August 2020

With estimates from £250-8000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Autumn delights: 31 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK

31 August 2020

With more than 700 auctions set to take place in the UK in September and buyers back from whatever summer break they managed to take, this month is set to be a busy one for gavel-wielders and bidders alike. Here we showcase an array of items to be offered across a range of categories and price points.

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All about information sharing

31 August 2020

Wider spectrum of buyers means presenting catalogue entries in greater detail can pay off

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White Star Spode now in Devon

31 August 2020

At the very beginning of July, Adam Partridge in Liverpool sold an early 20th century Spode cup and saucer to a highly desirable ‘liner china’ pattern for £8400.

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Extra time brings right result

31 August 2020

Delay due to lockdown turns out to be a blessing in disguise in terms of consignments

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Firsts book fair forms second digital staging as Boston event offers online showcase

31 August 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair' has announced a second digital staging to take place this month.

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First auction appearance for work by missionary who opened up Chinese language

31 August 2020

Robert Morrison, a protestant missionary, pioneer sinologist and author of several works on the Chinese language as well as a translator, has been called the ‘Father of Anglo-Chinese Literature’.

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War club to be brandished in North Yorks

31 August 2020

This 4ft (1.2m) long Tongan Aku-Tau ironwood war club will feature in a sale of Militaria and Ethnographica to be held by Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on September 4.

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Oceanic objects surface in trio of British salerooms

31 August 2020

Pictured below are three lots of Oceanic art that proved to be in much demand during UK sales held in August.

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Old Master canine portrait makes over 100-times estimate at Tennants

31 August 2020

Two pictures with animal appeal generated decent bidding at a North Yorkshire auction.

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Bare decor of an English country house provides the grand setting for a fair

31 August 2020

Cornish event returns for second staging after ‘excellent response’ from dealers and visitors

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Newton with musical support

31 August 2020

Mathematical work makes £300,000 in auction where composers also feature heavily

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19th century German locomotive makes a princely purchase

31 August 2020

This Gauge II steam-powered locomotive below was made by Schoenner, the Nüremberg toymaker operating founded by Jean Schoenner in 1875.

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Obituary: Book dealer Hamish Riley-Smith (1941-2020)

31 August 2020

Rare book specialist Hamish Riley-Smith, who died on August 10, did not originally intend to become a dealer.

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All eyes now on Petworth as the first higher-end physical fair to take place after lockdown gets ready

31 August 2020

Nearly six months after doors closed on the last major British antiques fair, another is ready to open.

British and Irish book auctions: September 1-16, 2020

31 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 1-16, 2020.

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Classy canes draw interest in regional sales

31 August 2020

This sailor’s walking cane below displays many elements of the scrimshander’s art: a whalebone shaft carved with spiral fluting, collars inlaid with shell from the hawksbill turtle and a handle carved as a dove from the tooth of a sperm whale.

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Plaque pun pulls the udder one

31 August 2020

This 12in (39cm) Portobello pottery plaque piece, c.1820, is a rare piece but one known in a number of different colour variations.

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