International

About 80% of the global art market by value takes place outside the UK. The largest art market in the world is the US with China in third place (after the UK) followed by France, Germany and Switzerland.

Many more nations have a rich art and antiques heritage with active auction, dealer, fair, gallery and museum sectors even if their market size by value is smaller.

Read the top stories and latest art and antiques news from all these countries.

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Sotheby's sold to media entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi in $3.7bn deal

17 June 2019

Sotheby’s has been sold to BidFair USA, a company owned by media and telecom entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi.

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Leonard Cohen's love letters to muse Marianne sell for five times estimate at Christie’s auction

17 June 2019

Letters from Canadian poet, singer-songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen to his muse Marianne Ihlen have sold for a total $700,800 ($876,000 including buyer’s premium).

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Chinese bronze censer used to hold tennis balls sold for £3.3 million

17 June 2019

A Chinese parcel gilt bronze censer, that was being used to hold tennis balls when first seen by valuers last year, has sold at auction in Switzerland for close to £3.3m.

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Pick of the week: Early draft of colonial American map impresses at New York auction

17 June 2019

A pre-press version of a key map of colonial America emerged for sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on June 6. Carrying an estimate of $30,000-50,000, it sold at $100,000/£76,900 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) – a sum that reflected its extraordinary provenance.

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Strong response to folk art collection of French writer and broadcaster at Paris auction

17 June 2019

Folk art (or art populaire as it is known in France) has gained an increased following over the years.

British and Irish book auctions from June 18-29, 2019

17 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 18-29, 2019.

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Astronomical works on comets and the planet Saturn achieve high sums in German sale

17 June 2019

Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German auction.

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Eroticism explored in Marseille exhibition

17 June 2019

Giorgio de Chirico’s 'Nudo dormiente', c.1930, is among the works included in Galerie Alexis Pentcheff’s erotic art exhibition 'Qriosa: Secret Room of Indecent Objects', where it is offered for €200,000.

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Signed photo is a Curie curiosity

17 June 2019

Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of Marie Curie shown here.

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Early Golf magazine sells a fair way above guides

17 June 2019

Early magazine runs brought some unexpectedly high prices in the latest of the regular golfing literature sales held by a Californian saleroom.

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An Egyptian expedition in Los Angeles

17 June 2019

A set of the monumental 'Description de l’Égypte…' in its specially made case was sold last month in a US sale.

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Gun found in a field where artist van Gogh shot himself to be sold in Paris

13 June 2019

Vincent van Gogh died from a gunshot wound in the summer of 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in the south of France.

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First original cover art of Tintin sells at US auction for more than $1m

11 June 2019

The very first original cover art featuring comic character Tintin has sold at auction in the US for a premium inclusive $1.125m.

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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US auctioneer Hindman to launch buy-it-now option as it seeks to be ‘America's premier mid-market auction house’

10 June 2019

Chicago-headquartered US auctioneer Hindman, formerly Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, has an ambitious agenda that goes beyond its recent rebrand.

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Art Nouveau dragon vase emerges in Denver

10 June 2019

The fine and decorative arts sale to be held by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, on June 18-19 includes a selection of ceramics from the Amphora factory set up in what is now the Czech Republic.

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Elkington silver offered in New Orleans

10 June 2019

A mixed-discipline summer estates sale to be held by Neal Auction Company in New Orleans on June 22-23 will include this pair of 70oz, silver-gilt Edwardian figural tazzae by Elkington & Co marked for Birmingham 1907 with removable glass bowls.

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British Waterloo Medal offered at New York sale

10 June 2019

Included in Weiss Auctions’ sale in Lynbrook, New York, on June 26 is this British Waterloo Medal for Henry Gronemann, who was in the 5th Line Battalion of the King’s German Legion.

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CEO of US saleroom Hindman on the Chicago-based firm's ambitious agenda

10 June 2019

Chicago-headquartered US saleroom Hindman, formerly Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, has an ambitious agenda that goes beyond its recent rebrand, as its CEO Thomas Galbraith tells ATG.

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Franz Bergman bronze figure features in British Columbia sale

10 June 2019

This Franz Bergman cold-painted bronze figure will feature in Maynards’ June 26 sale to be held in Richmond, British Columbia.

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