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.

Wine cisterns

Five lots to watch at auction this week including George III mahogany wine cisterns, a sweetheart brooch and a Cedric Morris painting

14 January 2019

With estimates from £150 to £20,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Keys

Auction house Keys plans for future after split from parent company

14 January 2019

Norfolk auction house Keys has marked the end of its 65th year in business by gaining independence from its estate agency parent company.

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Burne-Jones stars at auction as first major London exhibition for over four decades opens

14 January 2019

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) was the toast of London during the latest Victorian art sales held in the capital, where buyers continued to covet blue-chip Pre-Raphaelite art, market-fresh material – and invest in female names.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

14 January 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Moonlight artist John Atkinson Grimshaw in the spotlight

14 January 2019

A trademark nocturnal scene by Victorian painter John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) got away on low estimate for £80,000 at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Haslemere in Surrey.

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Bob Monkhouse archive artwork backs a vote for Sloper

14 January 2019

Earlier material in the last Comic Book Auctions (16% buyer’s premium) sale of the old year, which ended on November 25, included an original ink on card artwork of 1900 featuring Ally Sloper, whose pioneering comic debut had been made as early as 1867 in Judy, a comic rival to Punch.

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The worth of Wealth of Nations

14 January 2019

Adam Smith’s own copy bearing his simple bookplate makes £750,000 in London auction.

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Pottery’s equal opportunities: Modern ceramics is a collecting field ahead of the game when it comes to female talent

14 January 2019

The drive by, among others, the Royal Academy and the National Gallery to promote women’s importance in art would have required little effort had campaigners looked at the world of modern ceramics.

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Highlights of New York drawings auctions include single-owner lots with provenance to Dutch king

14 January 2019

For many years New York’s major salerooms mounted auction series of Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture in the first months of the year immediately following their Americana series.

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Salerooms steam in with toy treats

14 January 2019

Christmas has little, if any, effect on collectors of vintage and antique toys, but that doesn’t stop auctioneers mounting festive season specials.

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Ashendene Press book bound for WH Smith sells at Bonhams

14 January 2019

'A Book of Songs and Poems from the Old Testament and the Apocrypha', the Ashendene Press book of 1904 shown below, has in the past made as much as £2000 at auction.

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Quare takes £30,000 in west London and other clock highlights in recent auctions

14 January 2019

Topping a number of good pre-Christmas clock sales was a rare table/bracket clock, among the last made by London ‘Golden Age’ name Daniel Quare (1649-1724) with Stephen Horseman, who became his partner at the Exchange Alley workshop in 1721.

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Meissen sea goddess figure group at Leslie Hindman leads selection of US auction highlights

14 January 2019

A late 19th century Meissen figure group offered at Leslie Hindman in Chicago features in ATG's selection of auction highlights in the US this winter.

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Arthur Rackham ups and downs at online auction

14 January 2019

Illustrations offered as part of an online Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium) sale held in early December included a couple of Arthur Rackhams.

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Greeting card see-saw puppies on a high

14 January 2019

Produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons c.1900, ‘Puppies Playtime’ is one of a pair of greeting card see-saws that sold for £140 in the book and ephemera section of a December 15 sale held by Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium).

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Miss Lonelyhearts is cherished

14 January 2019

Inscribed to a fellow dramatist, a presentation copy of the 1933 first of Nathaniel West’s classic black comedy, Miss Lonelyhearts, did exceptionally well at Christie’s New York (25/20/12.5%).

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Africa, Kent and ‘Tennassee’: Get lost in some of the excellent maps going under the hammer this month

12 January 2019

A wide selection of historic cartographic masterpieces goes under the hammer this month.

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Mod Brit art for under £1000 at Sworders' Barbara Holliday collection sale

11 January 2019

As the Barbara Holliday collection of Mod Brit art goes under the hammer on January 15 at Sworders, ATG talks to the sale's curator to discover lots that prove owning work by a blue-chip Mod Brit artist doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Hercules bronze

What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a Beatles poster and a bronze of Hercules

11 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include ancient coins and sentimental needlework from around the regional auction houses.

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James Bond memorabilia auctions include shocking letter from the saintly Roger Moore

11 January 2019

Suave and sophisticated are the terms that come to mind when referring to the late, great and saintly James Bond actor Roger Moore. A raised eyebrow perhaps. But certainly not the word ‘bollocks’.

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