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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Francis Bacon lithograph triptych among highlights at Tennants

16 November 2020

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary art generated some confident bidding both online and in the room, taking in limited-edition prints by famous names.

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News In Brief – including restrictions on antique firearms and the return of stolen books to dealers

16 November 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of a crackdown on antique firearms and the recovery of stolen books.

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Museum buys memorial plaque of Great War’s ‘first black officer’

14 November 2020

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) has bought a First World War ‘dead man’s penny’ memorial plaque.

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Chinese art special – Our pick of six auction highlights sold this month

13 November 2020

ATG’s latest selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes features six pieces of Chinese art including a Kangxi-period porcelain wine-bottle cooler that sold above estimate in Dorchester.

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Lyon & Turnbull, Elstob & Elstob and Bellmans – new faces and departments at regional auction houses

10 November 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers across UK salerooms including new departments and sales at Lyon & Turnbull and Elstob & Elstob.

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Online trading brings new confidence in second lockdown

09 November 2020

Art and antiques businesses in England are more prepared for trading through this new lockdown having gained experience last time around.

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Papers reveal doomed anti-slavery colony

09 November 2020

In 1793, well in advance of the Slave Trade Act (1807) and the Slavery Abolition Act (1833), 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an uninhabited island off the coast of Sierra Leone.

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Pick of the week: Fab pair from ‘Glasgow Four’ duo

09 November 2020

Two pieces by ‘Glasgow Four’ artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921) topped Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction on November 2-3.

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Stanley Spencer Gallery acquires the artist's last known self-portrait drawing

09 November 2020

The last known drawn self-portrait of Modern British artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) has been acquired by the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

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Stand-alone topographical picture auctions at Christie’s come to an end after 52 years

09 November 2020

Christie’s has axed its stand-alone sales of topographical pictures and will incorporate the specialist department into the 19th century picture department based in London. Consignments in this area will now be offered in auctions in the wider category.

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A looking glass believed to have been owned by Marie Antoinette is among the four lots to watch at auction this week

09 November 2020

With estimates from £1000-70,000, here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Irish and Scottish Art: Border forces at work in the market

09 November 2020

Shifting Covid-19 regulations have complicated the Irish and Scottish art markets but online and phone bidding has helped to keep results relatively robust

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Beyond Browning in Somerset

09 November 2020

Principal attraction in a Crewkerne book sale at Lawrences (25% buyers premium) was the Browning family archive that featured as Pick of the Week in ATG No 2459, but three other items from that 370 lot sale are noted here.

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Highland achiever at Tennants

09 November 2020

The Fine Wine & Whisky sale at Tennants on December 12 features this Macallan-Glenlivet 1937 35-year-old Pure Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.

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Suffolk gallery plans Christmas show for December reopening

09 November 2020

Henry Moore’s lithograph 'Reclining Woman' is among the highlights in the Christmas exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

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King George III document takes £7500 at Canterbury Auction Galleries

09 November 2020

Estimated at £200-300 in a Kent sale, a military commission that bears the signature of King George III and is additionally signed and endorsed by William Pitt the Elder, Britain’s prime minister at the time of the Seven Years War, sold online instead for £7500.

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Iona in oil and watercolour

09 November 2020

Two Scottish coastal pictures attracted multiple bidders at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Art & Design sale.

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Armagnac and a rare malt emerge at McTear’s

09 November 2020

A Chateau De Pomès Pédérère Armagnac distilled in 1950 is estimated at £200-300 at McTear’s Rare & Fine Whisky Auction on December 16.

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Bottle of Bas Armagnac Baron de Sigognac offered in Surrey

09 November 2020

Ewbank’s Fine Wines & Spirits auction in Surrey on December 17 includes this bottle of Bas Armagnac Baron de Sigognac 1951.

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Marvellous Chateau Latour magnums emerge at Christie's

09 November 2020

Christie’s holds its Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits sale in London on December 11.

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