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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Medal fair includes rare 1920s Iraq honours

11 March 2019

Specialist auction house Dix Noonan Webb bought the dedicated Britannia Medal Fair in 2018 from the event’s previous owner, Mark Carter.

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Irma Stern portraits from two collections headline Strauss sale in Cape Town

11 March 2019

Strauss is holding its latest auction in Cape Town on March 18. Running to more than 600 lots, it offers a wide mix of material: 19th century, post-war and contemporary art, antiques and decorative arts, Asian works and jewellery.

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Elizabethan beaker is rare survivor of war meltdown

11 March 2019

Silver across five centuries caught the eye at provincial sales in February.

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Craigie Aitchison is a good man to cross

11 March 2019

Scottish artist Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) painted few subjects more obsessively throughout his career than the crucifixion.

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Cupboard opens up interest in Frederick Gore and Frank Avary Wilson

11 March 2019

Post-war art stored in a cupboard for “many years” by an academic institution in Leicestershire drew strong bidding for two British artists in particular at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

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Howard furniture keeps on a high at auction

11 March 2019

Never wholly out of demand since top Victorian upholsterer Howard & Sons began producing furniture from its Soho premises, these built-for-comfort sofas and armchairs continue to excel whenever offered at auction.

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Modern British female artists: the auction scene

11 March 2019

Women artists – historically overlooked in scholarship and undervalued on the market – have emerged more and more at auction over the last few years.

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Questions of body and soul in West Sussex sale

11 March 2019

Seventeenth century philosophical work sold in Sussex discusses nature of life and death.

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John Armstrong wartime painting to be offered at Dreweatts' spring sale

11 March 2019

Dreweatts’ Modern and Contemporary art sale in Newbury on April 3 will offer a range of Modern British pictures, including a selection of St Ives School group works. However, one of the main highlights in this category is a wartime painting by John Armstrong (1893-1973) which carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

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LS Lowry teenage group takes £65,000 in Welsh auction

11 March 2019

A Cardiff estate has provided a highly useful consignment to Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones (18% buyer’s premium inc VAT) with around 45 modern British paintings in all.

Mein Kampf hits headlines and Indian works make an impact at auction

11 March 2019

The lot that gained all the publicity in a recent Shropshire sale, even national newspaper coverage, was a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

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Sheila Robinson – an artist tutored by Bawden – doubles estimate at Cheffins

11 March 2019

A 16 x 15in (42 x 38cm) linocut by Great Bardfield artist Sheila Robinson (1925-88) more than doubled its estimate to sell for £1000 at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Cambridge.

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Catching the Gosse in Ipswich auction

11 March 2019

Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968) was perhaps the best known of the women artists who worked closely with Camden Town Group luminary Walter Sickert.

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Price is far from the end of the world for Durer Apocalypse

11 March 2019

Conducted by Christie’s Paris (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in collaboration with Bertrand Meaudre of Paris dealer Librairie Landarchet, a February 20 sale featured the dispersal of the library of Marc Litzler for a premium-inclusive total of €4.4m (£3.82m).

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Asia Week New York auction highlights including the Chenn Family collection of Chinese paintings at Heritage Auctions

11 March 2019

A selection of highlights from auctions being held either as part of or timed to coincide with Asia Week New York.

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Pat Douthwaite and Mary Fedden come to the fore in Edinburgh sale

11 March 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is holding an auction of Modern & Contemporary art, sculpture and design at The Mall Galleries in London on March 27 under the title Modern Made.

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‘The Clarice Cliff collecting market has grown older with me’

11 March 2019

Familiar striking shapes and bright colours retain a strong following despite a fall in demand from the 1980s-90s heyday.

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Anne Redpath still life among leading lots at auction of works from Hertfordshire County Council

11 March 2019

An impressive collection of 20th century British pictures will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on March 21 after Hertfordshire County Council took the decision to offload them.

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House up at auction reveals shock mouse

11 March 2019

The concertina-cut novelty pictured here is one in which a painted roundel of a cottage pulls up to reveal a large mouse.

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Burmese scene by royal artist Gerald Kelly draws interest at Sworders

11 March 2019

Among the lots drawing keen interest at Sworders’ Modern British and 20th century sale in Essex on February 26 was a privately consigned 2ft x 2ft 8in (61 x 83cm) oil on canvas of Burmese women collecting water by Royal portraitist Gerald Kelly (1879-1972).

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