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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Glyn Philpot watercolour makes a fur result

01 July 2019

Tentatively guided at £200-400, this watercolour of an unknown sitter below attributed to the painter and sculptor Glyn Philpot (1884-1937) attracted multiple bids in Cardiff.

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Find a bit of Down time at Northern Irish festival

01 July 2019

The month-long Open House Festival held throughout August in the seaside town of Bangor in Co Down, kicks off earlier this year on Saturday, July 6, with a big vintage event held by the festival organisers.

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Strong early sales across London showpiece Masterpiece fair

01 July 2019

A set of three George II silver tea caddies by the famed English silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) was one of the stand-out sales in the opening days of 'Masterpiece London'.

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Pitman painter Norman Cornish on the rise

01 July 2019

Miners heading to work in the early morning with lit lamps, denizens of northern pubs with flat caps and pipes, women pushing prams or hanging up the washing: these figures populate the works of Norman Cornish (1919-2014), the ‘pitman painter’.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £1300 or under including Grosvenor School linocut

01 July 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £1300 or under, including Grosvenor School linocut by Edith Lawrence.

Splash out to buy Lakeland vintage

01 July 2019

Diane Evans-Taylor is a vintage dealer and runs an upholstery business in the Cumbrian town of Ulverston.

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Rediscovered Eric Ravilious drawing from Grimsby trip makes £3000 at Roseberys

01 July 2019

In the spring of 1940, Eric Ravilious (1903-42) spent three weeks in Grimsby during his role as a war artist.

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Ministers block export of 18th century watercolour by “genius” landscape artist

29 June 2019

An 18th century watercolour by the artist who John Constable described as a genius has been barred from export in the hope a UK buyer can be found.

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A pietra dura and ebonised casket and an early 17th-century English text – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

28 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a pottery faience charger and a Fijian sperm whale tooth pendant.

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International organised crime group arrested in €2m rare books heist

27 June 2019

Members of a crime gang believed to be behind the 2017 theft of 260 rare books in west London have been arrested in a joint operation with authorities across Romania, the UK and Italy.

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Buyer sought for auction house Wright Marshall

27 June 2019

The parent company of Wright Marshall Fine Art Auctioneers is in administration and a search for a new owner is under way.

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Complete set of classic Art Deco-style vintage travel posters by Tom Purvis for sale at auction for the first time

27 June 2019

A rare opportunity to buy a whole set of one of the most popular Art Deco-style travel posters ever produced is coming up at auction on July 12.

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New joiners at Woolley & Wallis and the Appraisers Association of America - the latest Movers and Shakers

27 June 2019

A selection of appointments across the art and antiques market including in Woolley & Wallis’ pictures department.

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‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ sold in private sale ahead of planned auction

26 June 2019

The painting dubbed the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ has been sold in a private sale two days ahead of its planned auction.

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Appeal to trade to help find bronze statue stolen from Bedfordshire church

26 June 2019

A bronze statue of St Michael the Archangel that had previously been taken 19 years ago has been stolen again from its place at the top of a war memorial in the churchyard of St John the Baptist Church in Eversholt, Bedfordshire.

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Rediscovered Velázquez portrait of one of the 17th century’s most powerful women comes to auction at Sotheby’s

25 June 2019

A portrait by Spanish master Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) last recorded in 1724 is to be offered with a £2m-£3m estimate.

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Art and antiques from the collection of Landmark Trust founders Sir John and Lady Smith come to auction in Gloucestershire

25 June 2019

A collection of art and antiques from the late Sir John and Lady Smith carries an estimate of £50,000-100,000 ahead of its auction at Chorley’s in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.

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Activist investor Loeb kicked off the push for change at Sotheby's

24 June 2019

The offer price from Patrick Drahi represents a premium of 61% to Sotheby’s closing price on June 14 and a 56.3% premium to the company’s 30-day average share price.

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Impressionist and Modern auctions are on the sluggish side

24 June 2019

The latest sales of Impressionist & Modern art in London put in a mixed performance.

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Silver casserole tureen serves up early top sale at the Olympia fair

24 June 2019

A silver casserole tureen was among the highlight sales during the early hours of The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia.

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