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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Fabulous fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires thought to be a Russian princess wedding gift is estimated at £30,000-50,000 at auction

03 June 2019

An extravagant fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires is to be offered in North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants.

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Collectors tune into Diss sale for mechanical music delights

03 June 2019

Best-seller and one of the biggest surprises at the white-glove sale of a mechanical music collection was a musical box, the catalogue entry of which could be summarised as ‘famous name, doesn’t work’.

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Prince Charles original watercolour attracts attention at sale of Harold Wilson collection

03 June 2019

A rare opportunity to own a watercolour by Prince Charles (b.1948) presented itself when items belonging to the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his wife Mary were put up for sale at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

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Singapore merchant's portrait is centre of attention at West Sussex auction

03 June 2019

This pastel portrait of a Singaporean merchant by Percy Carpenter (1820-95) is believed to have broken a 30-year auction record for the artist.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £800 or under including Bernard Finegan Gribble maritime work

03 June 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £800 or under, including Bernard Finegan Gribble maritime work.

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Pet food signs serve up tasty sums

03 June 2019

Coming fresh to market from a corn merchant’s shop, seven early/mid- 20th century enamel signs extolling Spratt’s pet food for dogs, cats and canaries attracted UK collectors to Bishop & Miller’s (20% buyer’s premium) Stowmarket sale on May 17.

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Iznik tile takes £31,000 at Dreweatts auction

03 June 2019

The May 22 sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory titled Japanese, Islamic and Indian Works of Art included a collection of Iznik and Damascus tiles from the estate of the artist Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017).

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When The Beatles soldiered on regardless

03 June 2019

As part of their first world tour, The Beatles played the Princess Theatre in Hong Kong twice in June 1964.

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Staying alive by the grace of god

03 June 2019

Pamphlet in later royal binding offers thanksgiving for James I’s survival of Gunpowder Plot.

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Candlesticks back in spotlight

03 June 2019

The hope at every house clearance came true for Reading auctioneer Chris Boreham when he unearthed this set of four Georgian silver rococo candlesticks at a local home.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 June 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Aviation gives a £21,300 sale lift at Dominic Winter

03 June 2019

Part of the flying section of the most recent of the Military, Aviation & Transport History sales that are a regular feature of the calendar at Dominic Winter offered a collection of ephemera related to the earlier years of European civil aviation.

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Book sums up the ‘birth of modern business’

03 June 2019

A book billed as the work that marked the birth of modern business will be the subject of a single-lot auction at Christie’s New York on June 12.

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Art Nouveau jardinière design not seen since 1904 re-emerges at German auction

03 June 2019

Ceramics are a major focus of this report on sales from Germany. The selection of highlights and unusual pieces ranges from early 19th century products of the Vienna factory via Art Nouveau creations and 1920s Soviet-era porcelain to works by famed 20th century Studio potters.

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Matisse makes top Shropshire sum

03 June 2019

Characteristic etching is best-seller in appealing single-owner mix of works on paper.

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Münter oils impress in Stuttgart sale

03 June 2019

Five oil paintings by the German artist Gabriele Münter, long-time companion and partner of Wassily Kandinsky, were very much at the centre of the action on May 8 in Stuttgart when Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) sold Modern and Contemporary art.

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Rowlandson's racehorse auction scene sells bid to £22,000 in Gloucestershire

03 June 2019

A watercolour of a thoroughbred racehorse auction appeared at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, on May 21 – 123 years to the day since it had itself last sold at auction.

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Tour de France 1974 yellow jersey worn by the legendary Eddy Merckx to be auctioned in Welsh saleroom

01 June 2019

Just before this year’s Tour de France a fresh to the market classic yellow jersey once worn in the gruelling race by the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx comes to auction.

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‘Six-sixes’ auction saga continues as new footage of Gary Sobers interview is broadcast

31 May 2019

Journalist and author Grahame Lloyd has said he will continue his campaign to get Christie’s to acknowledge that the ‘wrong’ six-sixes cricket ball was sold at auction after footage emerged of the batsman Sir Garfield Sobers saying that only one ball was used in the famous over.

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Chinese doucai vase, Edward Bawden print, Longines wristwatch – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

31 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Chinese doucai vase making over 150-times estimate at an auction in Newbury.

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