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.

Lucian Freud portrait of John Richardson

Seven highlights from the John Richardson collection at Sotheby’s

03 August 2020

A collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper and prints owned by the late art historian John Richardson is being offered at Sotheby’s later this year.

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Two tastes of Yorkshire

03 August 2020

Two works by Fred Stead (1863-1940) drew strong interest at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex thanks, in part, to here-to-be-sold estimates. They were being consigned from a deceased estate.

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China’s bountiful produce from a career diplomat

03 August 2020

The recent Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) live online sale of Chinese, Japanese and Islamic art in Cheltenham included Chinese works on paper and textiles from a relative of Katherine Talati (1922-2015).

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Knives out to Danish buyer

03 August 2020

Two 19th century ‘prestige’ knives from southern Africa attracted unexpected levels of bidding at Grand Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Folkestone. Estimated at just £40-80 each, they made a combined £9200.

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Rock and Roll poster set to make a big noise in Dallas saleroom

03 August 2020

Only around five examples of this rare ‘Big Beat’ concert poster are thought to exist. It advertises a 1958 tour by Rock and Roll promoter Alan Freed, whose photo appears at the top above the 16 different 1950s top musical acts (all also pictured).

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Sixties posters on a high

03 August 2020

The artist John Hurford was a key figure in the British psychedelia movement of the late 1960s.

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Clouds lift for a Constable fan

03 August 2020

Four pictures in Colchester sale provide a good case study in the factors affecting John Constable attributions and buyer confidence

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Copy of Viscount Kingsborough’s 'Antiquities of Mexico' sells at Christie's in New York

03 August 2020

Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) recently staged two important book sales online that between them raised almost $3.38m, including premiums.

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D-Day veteran who became an antiques dealer

03 August 2020

John Vernon ‘Jack’ Webb (1923-2019) was destined to be a collector of medals and militaria. On June 5, 1944, he was on a troop ship preparing to take part in the D-Day landings.

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It’s not what you know but Who you know

03 August 2020

The response among Sixties regulars at a north London pub to the fly poster, below, advertising a gig by the High Numbers may well have been: The who?

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £600 including a William Wyllie marine

03 August 2020

Good art at a great price in regional sales.

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Mid-17th century sleeve vase among items bringing muscular bidding at Salisbury post-lockdown sale

03 August 2020

It was during the so-called Transitional period, the era of protracted civil war that marked the transition from Ming to Qing, that the centuries-old system of court-sponsored porcelain manufacture at Jingdezhen collapsed.

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Letters feature prominently in exceptionally varied Edinburgh auction

03 August 2020

An exceptionally varied and very successful recent Scottish sale contained a great many letters and plenty of fascinating manuscript material.

News in Brief – including Flints launching jewellery auctions

03 August 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including auction house Flints expanding into the fine jewellery market.

Lucie Rie’s footed bowl

Pick of the week: Lucie Rie record as footed bowl takes $180,000 at Phillips

31 July 2020

The market for Lucie Rie (1902-95) reached a new high when Phillips New York sold this 5.5in (14cm) diameter footed bowl for $180,000 (£136,800) at its latest design auction.

Derby ‘dry edge’ figures of The Dresden Shepherd

Early English porcelain figures star in our pick of five auction highlights this week

31 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of ‘dry edge’ English porcelain figures that sold for 50-times estimate.

Mary Queen of Scots prayerbook

Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book sells at Christie’s Classic sale

30 July 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) sold at Christie’s Classic Art evening sale in London.

Rembrandt self-portrait

Rembrandt self-portrait bid to £12.6m at Sotheby’s

29 July 2020

A self-portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) was knocked down for £12.6m at Sotheby’s latest live-streamed cross-category evening sale in London.

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Glamour and high society mix in a Scottish country house sale

28 July 2020

Ingredients for a tantalising sale don’t come much better than high society, glamour, famous names and an illustrious family combined with a varied, single-owner country house collection.

James Jebusa Shannon portrait

A portrait by James Jebusa Shannon and an Old Master found in skip near Portobello Road are among five lots to watch at auction this week

27 July 2020

With estimates from £300-12,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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