Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

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Gem from Old Sodbury

21 January 2019

The traditionally ‘dead’ period between Christmas and New Year was enlivened by the December 28 sale at Wotton Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire – to the extent that more than 20,000 people suffering withdrawal symptoms worldwide viewed it online and 1360 of them registered to bid.

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Export of harpsichord by Joseph Mahoon put on hold by minister

21 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting it in the hope a UK buyer can be found.

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Polar library built by an architect gets warm reception at Leyburn auction

21 January 2019

Arctic and Antarctic exploration was the main theme of a library assembled over many years by architect Roger Casson (1943-2016).

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Cambridge auction full of high-price surprises

21 January 2019

A letter of 1803 in which George III, writing to Lord Hawkesbury, effectively declares his intention to renew war on France, was at £9000 one of the more successful lots in a recent Cambridge sale that produced its fair share of surprise results.

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Aviation museum sale takes flight in Carlisle

21 January 2019

If the Battle of Britain is your collecting field, then the sale of a Kent collection held in late 2018 would have been a major draw.

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Bonhams focuses on contemporary and online with new hires

21 January 2019

Bonhams has made a trio of hires as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September.

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Another good day on the tiles for De Morgan

21 January 2019

The British Art Pottery sales at Woolley & Wallis have posted some remarkable sums for single William De Morgan tiles.

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Marx Brothers bird play at Swann

21 January 2019

Groucho, Harpo and Chico are shown below in Al Hirschfield’s original cover artwork for 'Why a Duck?', a profusely illustrated work about the Marx Brothers edited by Richard J Anobile and published in 1971.

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Gerald Brockhurst portrait has star value to set an artist record in US auction

21 January 2019

Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978) was already an established etcher when his captivating canvases of society women catapulted him to fame during the interwar years.

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Small marvel by miniature master

21 January 2019

Dated to c.1480, the 5in (12.5cm) tall painting on vellum of ‘King David in Penitence’ shown right was one of two works by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures offered by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium) in a December 4 sale and sold at £90,000.

The Legend of Zelda

Certified vintage video games make debut at Heritage Auctions

19 January 2019

Following on from new-found nostalgia for toys and games of their youth, collectors tempted by fond memories for often Star Wars and Lego are now moving on to vintage video games.

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Penguin patties on the menu raise over £15,000

19 January 2019

Six lots relating to Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09 offered in a January 3 sale held by Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) raised £15,150 in all.

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What to buy for Burns Night: Eight items relating to Robert Burns including a walking stick carved in the shape of his head

17 January 2019

Get ready for Burns Night, the annual celebration of all things Robert Burns (1759-96), with a selection of lots relating to the Scottish poet.

Vogel sale

Six remarkable objects from the collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III at auction this weekend

17 January 2019

The collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III – for sale at Sotheby’s New York on Saturday – includes not just a stellar array of early American furniture but also a remarkable collection of early English delftware, metalwork, textiles and related vernacular works of art.

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Gallery takes legal action against Christie’s over private sale of Francis Bacon painting

16 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

Natalia Goncharova watercolour

Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

16 January 2019

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

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New management to lead London Art Week

16 January 2019

In its sixth year, London Art Week has reorganised its leadership team.

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Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments including at Bonhams in London and at Christie’s France

15 January 2019

A trio of hires for Bonhams as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September 2018.

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New York auction house Doyle promotes next generation to management

15 January 2019

US auction house Doyle has promoted Laura Doyle to chief executive officer and Joanne Porrino Mournet has become president.

Vase

Monumental Meiji vase 'rediscovered' in a Californian restaurant comes to auction

14 January 2019

For over a century, a monumental 8ft (2.44m) high Meiji cloisonné vase provided the focal point to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest restaurants.

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