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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The Warner collection of delftware

02 September 2019

Market freshness and well-regarded primary and secondary provenances distinguish the 250-300 pieces of early English delftware to be offered for sale by Woolley & Wallis in a stand-alone auction in Salisbury on September 17.

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Worcestershire couple make room for Meissen

02 September 2019

A collection of Meissen figures, many by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-75) and his assistants, met keen interest at Adam Partridge’s (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Pushkin pushes the boundaries

02 September 2019

Works by Russia’s most revered literary figure rack up auction records in London saleroom.

British and Irish book auctions: September 4-14, 2019

02 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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LAPADA fair marks 10 years in Berkeley Square with craftsmanship theme

02 September 2019

An intricate rolled paper work from the end of the 17th century comes to this year’s 'LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair' – which takes ‘legendary’ craftsmanship for its theme.

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Wings and wheels speed into Suffolk

02 September 2019

A 1935 oil on canvas of a Bugatti and Alfa Romeo speeding along a track is offered for £1550 during English and Continental Antique’s next 'Wings and Wheels' exhibition.

Newton’s New Game of Virtue

17th century table casket, LS Lowry lithograph and a ‘virtuous’ 19th century board game – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

30 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a 19th century board game designed to deter juvenile minds “from pursuing the dangerous paths of vice”. It sold over 15-times estimate in Bath.

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A new face at Dreweatts is among the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques sector

30 August 2019

An update on recent appointments across the art and antiques market.

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Victorian tiaras from Bentley & Skinner to feature in Downton Abbey film

29 August 2019

Three antique tiaras from jewellery dealer Bentley & Skinner will feature in the new 'Downton Abbey' film, released in cinemas on September 13.

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Rare late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman conquest coin hoard discovered in Somerset valued at £4m

29 August 2019

A Bath museum hopes to acquire a rare hoard of coins found in a Chew Valley field that could be valued at £4m.

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Emmerdale actor’s Modern art collection comes to auction

27 August 2019

West Yorkshire-born actor Andrew Burt (b.1945-2018) became a household name back in the early 1970s playing the role of Jack Sugden in ‘Emmerdale Farm’.

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Bought for £1 in a charity shop, will Chinese vase be worth £80,000?

26 August 2019

Purchased for £1 from a Hertfordshire charity shop earlier this year, a Qianlong famille rose wall vase will carry an estimate of over £50,000 at Sworders in the autumn.

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First edition Compleat Angler to hook bidders

26 August 2019

A first edition of the most famous work in angling literature will be offered at auction in North Yorkshire.

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Bellmans appoints jewellery specialist to head London office

26 August 2019

Auction house Bellmans has announced the appointment of Samantha Dunn-Davies to head its new London office in Brook Street, Mayfair.

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Roman mask leads antiquities parade

26 August 2019

This copper-alloy Roman mask will be offered for sale on September 3 by TimeLine Auctions in London, estimated at £80,000-100,000.

Mawley Hall in Shropshire

Contents from Shropshire’s 18th century stately home Mawley Hall come fresh to the market at Cheffins

26 August 2019

The principal contents of Mawley Hall, the 18th-century country mansion described by Country Life as 'Shropshire’s Baroque masterpiece', will come up for auction in Cambridge next month.

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London gallery goes back to its Cornish roots

26 August 2019

Founders who started out in Cornwall showcase four Mod Brit artists hailing from St Ives.

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Blaeu blows to a record result

26 August 2019

This double-page engraved chart is from an early-17th century pilot book which is another of the highlights from the Mopelia Collection of atlases and travel books offered in London.

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Ancient art from estate of prominent dealer Ingrid McAlpine to be sold in Salisbury

26 August 2019

The Tribal Art and Antiquities sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 18-19 includes property from the estate of Ingrid McAlpine (1939-2018), one of London’s most prominent antiquities dealers.

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British livery boosts appeal of early German locomotive

26 August 2019

The name Marklin always suggested an O gauge loco and tender offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) would find a buyer against a £200-300 estimate but there was a considerably greater head of steam when international collectors looked closer.

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