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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Moorcroft shows Australian appeal

03 June 2019

While British studio potters were battling to break through in the 1930s, established factories, even Moorcroft, were struggling to survive the Great Depression.

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Distinct Barns-Graham images depict a distant isle

03 June 2019

An acrylic on paper of Timanfaya, the only active volcano on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), is one of the highlights of the exhibition A Distant Isle.

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Steamer trunk at Galloway's fair could be full of interest as eye-catching table

03 June 2019

A solid leather cabin steamer trunk by Harrods features on the stand of Malcolm Eglin Antiques at Galloway Antiques Fairs’ next event in South Yorkshire.

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Pet food signs serve up tasty sums

03 June 2019

Coming fresh to market from a corn merchant’s shop, seven early/mid- 20th century enamel signs extolling Spratt’s pet food for dogs, cats and canaries attracted UK collectors to Bishop & Miller’s (20% buyer’s premium) Stowmarket sale on May 17.

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Iznik tile takes £31,000 at Dreweatts auction

03 June 2019

The May 22 sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory titled Japanese, Islamic and Indian Works of Art included a collection of Iznik and Damascus tiles from the estate of the artist Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017).

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Kent design decorates Chelsea vases at Albert Amor

03 June 2019

A pair of large c.1760 Chelsea ovoid vases made after a drawing by English architect and furniture designer William Kent (1685-1748), is on offer at Albert Amor this month.

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When The Beatles soldiered on regardless

03 June 2019

As part of their first world tour, The Beatles played the Princess Theatre in Hong Kong twice in June 1964.

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Staying alive by the grace of god

03 June 2019

Pamphlet in later royal binding offers thanksgiving for James I’s survival of Gunpowder Plot.

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Candlesticks back in spotlight

03 June 2019

The hope at every house clearance came true for Reading auctioneer Chris Boreham when he unearthed this set of four Georgian silver rococo candlesticks at a local home.

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Aviation gives a £21,300 sale lift at Dominic Winter

03 June 2019

Part of the flying section of the most recent of the Military, Aviation & Transport History sales that are a regular feature of the calendar at Dominic Winter offered a collection of ephemera related to the earlier years of European civil aviation.

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Matisse makes top Shropshire sum

03 June 2019

Characteristic etching is best-seller in appealing single-owner mix of works on paper.

British and Irish book auctions: June 3-15, 2019

03 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 3-15, 2019.

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Book events provide real rarity value

03 June 2019

Spotlight on some of the items coming up at the four book fairs all running in the same week.

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Wales watchers: three antiques business thriving in the principality

03 June 2019

Antiques firms, fleamarket and a fair give even more reasons to visit the in-demand region.

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Lunar map to give you a Buzz at London Map Fair

03 June 2019

Over in Kensington Gore’s Royal Geographical Society, The London Map Fair includes an astronomical highlight to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk. The map, signed and inscribed by Buzz Aldrin, shows the lunar landing site, and is offered by The Map House for £7500.

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Studio pottery at a price to suit

03 June 2019

Headline stratospheric results should not put collectors off, as a London auction underlines.

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Rowlandson's racehorse auction scene sells bid to £22,000 in Gloucestershire

03 June 2019

A watercolour of a thoroughbred racehorse auction appeared at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, on May 21 – 123 years to the day since it had itself last sold at auction.

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PBFA fair in Earls Court promises a Lively time

03 June 2019

At the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair, from June 6-7 at Ibis London in Earls Court, Rainford & Parris brings a collection of seven children’s books by Penelope Lively.

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Towy Events say it's business as usual at Carmarthen despite part of showground sold off

03 June 2019

The south Wales town of Carmarthen also featured in The Sunday Times ‘Best Places’ list and one of its attractions is the popular large monthly antiques and fleamarket held at the United Counties Showground in Carmarthen.

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Tour de France 1974 yellow jersey worn by the legendary Eddy Merckx to be auctioned in Welsh saleroom

01 June 2019

Just before this year’s Tour de France a fresh to the market classic yellow jersey once worn in the gruelling race by the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx comes to auction.

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