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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Exceptional farmhouse table brings excellent price

27 May 2019

Catalogued as ‘exceptional’, this farmhouse refectory table fulfilled the auctioneer’s adjective in more than one way at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Dorchester on April 26.

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Tiny stamp and banknote designs adopted far and wide

27 May 2019

After more than 50 years as a designer for international stamps and banknotes printer Waterlow & Sons, Leonard Douglas Fryer (1891-1965) retired to enjoyable obscurity at his home in Ilford.

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Ortelius atlas with sea monsters off Iceland is popular feature of auction with global outlook

27 May 2019

Successfully bid to £80,000 among cartographic lots offered in London was a fine coloured copy of Ortelius’ Theatrum… of 1592.

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Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries

27 May 2019

The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

27 May 2019

The Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on June 18 includes arare Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona chronograph with ‘reverse panda’ white on black dial.

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In rust we trust for Marklin make

27 May 2019

Rusty, dusty and damaged, but bearing the magic of Marklin, a pre-First World War toy train emerged from the garage at a local house clearance. It starred in a collectors sale at the Cumbrian saleroom of 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT).

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Illustrious former owners boost modern value at New York tribal art auctions

27 May 2019

Spring is a traditional point in the saleroom calendar for New York to mount its tribal art auctions.

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Two salerooms make cards the real deal at top-deck levels

27 May 2019

Playing cards from two recent provincial sales are featured here – five examples from a 250-lot, single-owner collection offered in Gloucestershire, and a single pack from a Worcestershire sale.

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Dutch dealer goes miniature for tableware and furniture

27 May 2019

Illustrated below is one of seven lots of Dutch ‘white metal ’ miniature tableware and furniture entered into a weekly general sale at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium).

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Elisabeth Frink maquette flies to five figures

27 May 2019

Inside Manchester Airport stands a sculpture dedicated to John Alcock and Arthur Brown, two aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919.

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The elusive earlier John Frederick Lewis

27 May 2019

While the 19th century English painter John Frederick Lewis (1805-76) is chiefly remembered for his major Orientalist creations – several of which have sold for more than £1m at auction – much less is known about his early career.

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Where to buy antique summer birthstone jewellery: Seven top pieces at UK and European auction houses

25 May 2019

Antique jewellery can be an ideal birthday present, especially when it features the appropriate birthstone.

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Six lots to watch at MacDougall’s upcoming sale of Russian paintings and works of art

24 May 2019

Russian art specialists MacDougall’s is marking 15 years since holding its first auction in London and has announced that its upcoming sale on June 5 will have a total estimate of £8.5m.

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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque and other props come to auction in Bristol

24 May 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires is to be offered at auction in June.

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Salvaged ‘Whisky Galore’ bottles from the 1940s go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh

24 May 2019

When the 8000-ton cargo ship SS Politician left Liverpool for Jamaica and New Orleans in 1941 it was carrying 28,000 cases of malt whisky. Two days later it sank in the Outer Hebrides.

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Portcullis brooches boost value of Suffragette hunger strike medal sold in Somerset saleroom

24 May 2019

With so many Suffragette medals on the market during the past year and a half, coinciding in 2018 with the centenary of votes for women in the UK, it is the added extras that can make all the difference to auction price.

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Manchester City first ever FA Cup win in 1904 marked by Billy Meredith gold watch coming up for auction

24 May 2019

When Manchester City lifted the FA Cup this month they created football history by becoming the first club to win all three major English domestic honours in the same season. A watch coming up for auction from a very different era marks their first ever FA Cup success, however.

‘A Cricket Match’ by LS Lowry

Five works raising the bar for LS Lowry since ‘A Cricket Match’ last appeared at auction 23 years ago

23 May 2019

LS Lowry’s (1887-1976) painting of a back-street cricket match in Salford from 1938 is among the stand-out lots offered at Sotheby’s this summer. Ahead of the sale, it was unveiled today at The Lowry in Salford – a public gallery not far from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground – where it will remain on view until May 27.

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Post-war Irish art: Five pictures to be offered at upcoming Whyte’s auction in Dublin

23 May 2019

As demand for Mod Brit art continues its upward trajectory, ATG takes a closer look at mid-century Irish work for sale at a forthcoming Whyte’s auction in Dublin on May 27, exploring the unique influences on ‘Mod Irish’ artists of that era.

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Here come the Men in Black (and the Jedi and the wizards): Will Smith suit goes under the hammer at Ewbank’s movie prop auction

23 May 2019

Bidders have the chance to get that alien-hunting time-travelling look next week as Will Smith’s suit from Men in Black 3 goes under the hammer.

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