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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Gang of three and four-figure results

06 June 2022

The Our Gang range of Second World War ‘types’ were designed for the Bovey Pottery Company by architect Fenton Wyness (1903-74) and modelled by artist Gwynneth Holt (1909-95). Both were based in Aberdeen in the 1940s.

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Collingwood wall-hanging work on the up at auction

06 June 2022

Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Design sale on May 18 included a record for a wall-hanging by the weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

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John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty

06 June 2022

Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist

Vulliamy rosewood mantel clock

Vulliamy mantel clock stars in our pick of seven auction highlights

03 June 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 19th century ‘five-glass’ mantel clock which made over five times estimate in Lincoln.

Reigning Queens

Queen portraits among highlights of Sotheby’s Platinum jubilee celebrations

02 June 2022

Portraits of five centuries of female monarchs feature in a loan exhibition at Sotheby’s as part of its jubilee festival.

WEB Graham Budd Nail Tagalie

Reminders of Derby Day glory sell at auction just before the big race

31 May 2022

This Saturday, June 4 is Derby Day - one of the five classic English horse races.

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Ivory Act goes live on June 6

30 May 2022

The Ivory Act, a near-total ban on the sale of antique ivory, comes into force in the UK on June 6.

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning museum archive comes to auction in Essex

30 May 2022

Museum contents devoted to the celebrated Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) will be offered this month.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Royal icons at Bond Street platinum jubilee show

30 May 2022

Sotheby’s is holding a month-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the platinum jubilee.

Mehernefer and his son

Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III comes to auction

30 May 2022

This Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III will be offered at Christie’s during its Classic Week sales in July.

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A George II armchair and an Edwardian cigarette box are among five lots to watch

30 May 2022

With estimates from £150-50,000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Mickey and Minnie return to Glamis Castle

30 May 2022

This pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys has been on quite an adventure.

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Furniture sits comfortably in the Dales

30 May 2022

Pitched at a modest £300-500, a harlequin set of eight Charles II joined oak back stools was one of a number of successes among the furniture offered at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) Leyburn sale.

ATG letter: Portrait miniatures on ivory – we should follow the example of ARR at lower values

30 May 2022

Portrait miniature on ivory are among the exemptions provided in the new Ivory Act [coming into force on June 6 – see front page of this issue].

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Hunting pistol has plenty of stopping power

30 May 2022

For 19th century sahibs in tiger country and bwanas dealing with charging lions, howdah pistols like the one offered at West Sussex gun specialist Gavin Gardiner (25% buyer’s premium) were the preferred sidearm.

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Support for the monarchy still strong as commemorative items bring demand at auction

30 May 2022

Special look at the cross-over market for coronation and commemorative items

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Portrait copies of English kings and queens can be valuable at auction in their own right

30 May 2022

Copies of royal portraits from across the centuries are something that always seems to catch the eye when you flick through (or scroll through) the reams of pictures listed in auction catalogues.

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A lawyer writes: How judges assess when art and antiques cases need expert witnesses in court

30 May 2022

Focus on how judges assess when art and antiques cases need special evidence

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Howard armchairs a hit with buyers

30 May 2022

Chairs and sofas by Howard & Sons are a pricey niche market these days, largely immune to the varying fortunes of the wider market for Victorian and Edwardian furniture.

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Holbein’s Henry in a hat covered afresh

30 May 2022

Arguably the most famous portraits of an English king are Hans Holbein the Younger’s (c.1497-1543) depictions of Henry VIII.

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