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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Peter Chinni sculpture brings demand in Chicago

10 June 2019

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, Peter Chinni (1928-2019) studied painting and portraiture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.

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From Doncaster to Philadelphia: 18th century racing trophy offered at Freemans

10 June 2019

This silver-gilt Doncaster Cup racing trophy has hallmarks for Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp for 1767.

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Works by artist Rose Henriques are revitalised in East Sussex sale

10 June 2019

A remarkable cache of paintings depicting bomb-scarred London during the Blitz by a Jewish artist who devoted herself to a life of altruistic endeavour sold at an auction in Sussex.

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Andrew Newell Wyeth watercolour causes a clammer at auction

10 June 2019

Andrew Newell Wyeth (1917-2009), one of America’s best-known artists of the mid-20th century, focused on provincial landscapes and the people in them.

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Raven rattle features in Heritage Auctions’ ethnographic art sale

10 June 2019

This 1880s Haida painted wood raven rattle, 12¾in (32cm) high, has a provenance to the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the collection of the late Johnson S Bogart, San Francisco.

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Three of the first British female artists on show at Lyon & Turnbull's London exhibition

08 June 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is hosting an exhibition spotlighting the work of three of the first British female artists this summer.

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English delftware and Thunderbirds artwork once owned by Bob Monkhouse – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

07 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes English delftware, an early acoustic gramophone, Thunderbirds artwork and a Qing period double gourd vase.

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Rare fireman’s helmet bought at auction by Midlands museum

07 June 2019

The Black Country Living Museum has bought a rare piece of local history - a fireman’s helmet from a fire service run by the local butcher.

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Rare Roman gold coin found in Kent field sells at £460,000

06 June 2019

A rare Roman gold coin, found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent, was hammered down at £460,000.

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Queen’s childhood dress with matching silk knickers offered at Kerry Taylor Auctions

06 June 2019

A group of six dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret when they were children will be offered at vintage fashion specialist Kerry Taylor Auctions later this month.

Bronze maquette of of Mahatma Gandhi by Fredda Brilliant

Mahatma Gandhi sculpture more than doubles Antiques Roadshow valuation at Salisbury auction

05 June 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at £20,000 six years ago on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by dealer Philip Mould drew a lengthy bidding battle at auction today.

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Polo commemorated in celebratory sale at sports memorabilia specialist Graham Budd Auctions

05 June 2019

Graham Budd Auctions is holding a special online auction commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first polo game to be played in England.

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New York auctions to celebrate the LGBTQ community and mark 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising

05 June 2019

As the Pride season begins this month with a series of events and parades in major cities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Swann Auction Galleries are to hold auctions honouring the movement.

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Marilyn Monroe earrings, necklace and more memorabilia goes under the hammer in Beverley Hills

04 June 2019

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe told the world that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But a pair of rhinestone earrings going under the hammer next week with a five-figure estimate could prove to be pretty dear too.

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Bought for £5 in 1964: 'Lewis Chessmen' piece comes to auction with estimate of up to £1m at Sotheby’s

03 June 2019

Dating from the 12th and early 13th centuries, the Lewis Chessmen collection was rediscovered on Lewis in 1831 and is among the most famous archaeological finds.

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Pick of the week: Heavyweight bid as Aztec mosaic made of feathers sells to Paris museum

03 June 2019

A remarkable example of 16th century cross-culture art – a feather ‘mosaic’ picture made in Mexico for Christian conquerors – has been purchased at auction by the Musée du Quai Branly.

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Persian tile symbolic of ceramic revival takes £95,000 in John Nicholson’s sale

03 June 2019

A large Persian lustre tile dating from c.1300 sold for £95,000 at John Nicholson’s in Haslemere last month.

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Burne-Jones bares his soul in heartfelt letters offered at Cheffins' auction

03 June 2019

Tender letters from artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones to the daughter of his patron reveal the “emotional support” he craved.

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