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

Novelty silhouette hand screens

Pick of the week: Buyer is a big fan of Giroux’s work

25 March 2024

A pair of 19th century Parisian novelty silhouette hand screens, made by François Simon Alphonse Giroux, doubled their estimate at auction.

Silver seal matrix

Christmas wish came true for metal detectorist who found ancient and medieval combo

25 March 2024

“It had”, said the metal detectorist who found it, “been a wonderful Christmas present.”

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Pair of Portland stone sculptures by Charles Sargeant Jagger are among six lots to watch

25 March 2024

With estimates from £120, here are six previews of lots coming up at auction this week.

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Mouseman wedding gift shows the attraction of early pieces

25 March 2024

Two sales of the classic furniture include items featuring direct family history

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An antiques expert with Georgian on his mind

25 March 2024

If specialist Karl Martin was the type to take work home with him he’d be in danger of never finding it again.

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Auction lots provide a glimpse into home life of De László

25 March 2024

With an exhibition dedicated to Philip Alexius de László (1869- 1937) having just opened at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, lively activity in the artist’s market has also come of late.

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New event for Scottish Borders region as fair to be held at Paxton House

25 March 2024

The Scottish Borders region welcomes a new fair in the summer at Paxton House, less than a 10-minute drive from the coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Ranken redcoat detail revealed after ATG runs preview story

25 March 2024

A sense of rediscovery came at Young’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Surrey when a portrait of a figure in eye-catching red attire emerged from a local deceased estate.

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Dawgs gives visitors lots to chew over

25 March 2024

Among the many recommendations on the Facebook page of Spotty Dawgs Antiques & Used Furniture is a particularly praiseworthy one in which the poster has said that he would pay an entrance fee to wander round this treasure trove all day.

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First part of the year blessed by bumper sales of dealer collections

25 March 2024

Withers and Dailey selections follow hot on the heels of Turpin lots with plenty of fine art highlights

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Nottinghamshire organiser reconfigures event set-up as heavy rain causes problems

25 March 2024

Winter 2024 turned out to be the wettest ever in the UK - which inevitably threw up significant challenges for fair organisers.

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Furniture restoration: The hidden workshop aiming to restore confidence

25 March 2024

A challenging middle market and soaring property prices have driven most restorers out of central London but a workshop still remains hidden away in Mayfair

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Young dealers: Fresh thinkers bringing new skills to the trade

25 March 2024

Younger sellers have the advantage of combining an array of online tools with traditional trade techniques

Burges brooch

Third Antiques Roadshow-discovered Burges brooch sells at auction

22 March 2024

A brooch by the great Victorian designer and architect William Burges, found with the help of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, has sold for £9500 at Leicestershire auction house Gildings.

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Artist’s still-life paintings snapped up at auction as museum wing opens in her honour

22 March 2024

The life and work of Austrian-British artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky feature at Olympia Auctions and Amersham Museum

Roman Over Lifesize Trajanic Marble Bust Of Pompeia Plotina

“Three monumental sculptures with monumental prices to boot”

21 March 2024

Three over life-size Roman portrait busts with an 18th century provenance to Cobham Hall in Kent have sold for a combined £1.26m at Lyon & Turnbull.

‘Sunday Afternoon’ by LS Lowry

Second highest auction price for LS Lowry set at Christie’s

21 March 2024

Christie’s posted the second highest price at auction for LS Lowry (1887-1976) when ‘Sunday Afternoon’, one of his largest industrial landscapes, was knocked down at £5.2m.

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Lavery’s sketch for Roger Casement trial among six-figure pictures at Dreweatts

21 March 2024

Dreweatts’ latest Modern and Contemporary Art sale was one of the highest grossing auctions the Newbury saleroom has ever staged in this category with a record number of registered bidders and three pictures making over £100,000.

Watercolour by JMW Turner

Rediscovered JMW Turner watercolour sells for £37,000 at Cheffins

20 March 2024

An early watercolour by JMW Turner which had been hanging unidentified in the vendor’s dining room for over 30 years overshot a £20,000-30,000 estimate at Cheffins in Cambridge, selling at £37,000.

Stolen silver

Burglar who cut a hole in the floor to steal antique silver from an army museum is jailed

20 March 2024

A man who broke into the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum in Nottinghamshire has been jailed.

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