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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Signed by artist or patron?

13 December 2021

Among a number of Indian miniatures causing a stir at London sales this autumn was a painting of a camel and its rider.

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Down Under watercolour prices go way up

13 December 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) auction to disperse the contents of Lowood House may well be best remembered for the early 16th century maiolica dish which fetched a mighty £1.04m – reported on the front page of ATG No 2513.

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Nemon became Sir Winston’s sculptor of choice

13 December 2021

The Anglo-Croatian sculptor Oscar Nemon (1906-85) first met Sir Winston Churchill when holidaying in Marrakech in 1951.

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Shakespeare third folio takes £70,000

13 December 2021

Edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1663 heads varied selection in Cambridge.

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A nice little urner from Chardin

13 December 2021

Genre scene sets a new high for French artist inspired by Dutch and Flemish paintings.

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Company School Indian art comes of age

13 December 2021

New York dealer chooses ideal time to disperse a select group of works at dedicated auction.

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Gouyn given his place in history

13 December 2021

Research shed light on the ‘Chelsea toys’ made by the mysterious ‘Girl on a Swing’ factory.

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Third slice of Foxe Pointe Manor library up for auction

13 December 2021

A third selection of 16th and 17th century English books from Fox Pointe Manor was offered by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on October 21.

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Produced by the talented Abraham

13 December 2021

A single-lot sale on October 19 offered an illuminated Ashkenazic prayer book that realised a premium-inclusive $8,307,000 (£6,019,565).

Priester family Vienna apartment

Restituted Priester collection reunited before sale takes £1.5m at Christie’s

11 December 2021

Part of an art collection once owned by a Jewish family who fled Nazi persecution has been sold at Christie’s.

Bernard Leach ‘Tree of Life’ charger

Bernard Leach charger stars in our pick of five auction highlights

10 December 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare ‘Tree of Life’ charger by Bernard Leach that made over seven-times estimate at Bonhams.

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Gurr Johns to buy Forum Auctions

09 December 2021

Art consultancy and valuation firm Gurr Johns has bought books and prints specialist Forum Auctions in an all-share deal.

Roman sculpture

Aphrodite back on sale after 70 years takes £16m at Sotheby's setting an auction record

08 December 2021

More than 70 years after it was last seen in public, a sculpture dubbed 'The Hamilton Aphrodite' set a record for any ancient marble sculpture at auction.

Stolen items

Major jewellery theft from Partridge saleroom

06 December 2021

Police are appealing for information following a theft of more than 400 pieces of jewellery, coins and watches from Adam Partridge Auctioneers.

Zodiac man

Pick of the week: The positive diagnosis for a medieval rarity

06 December 2021

One of around 30 known medieval English folding almanacs, and one of only a few in private hands, sold for £95,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Tennants.

Jade pony

Antique jades at large after Bedfordshire criminal case

06 December 2021

Chinese and Mughal jades believed to have been stolen more than four years ago are still at large and the family and police have made a plea for information as to their whereabouts.

New England coins

‘Sweet tin’ silver shilling brings £220,000

06 December 2021

The finest-known example of a New England shilling sold for £220,000 at Morton & Eden in London on November 26 (plus 20% buyer’s premium).

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Dealer Philip Mould buys Fry French view

06 December 2021

A view of the town of Vence in the south of France by Roger Fry (1866-1934) caught the eye of several bidders at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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Jagger portrait captures wartime fortitude

06 December 2021

Ever since the auction record for David Jagger (1891-1958) was more than doubled six years ago by the striking portrait The Conscientious Objector, works by the elusive artist have been a highly valuable proposition.

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Barns-Graham and her friends

06 December 2021

Sale of works owned by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham reflects strong connections with other St Ives artists.

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