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.

New hires

A new dealership and auction house hires – a round-up of recruitment news

01 December 2022

The latest Movers & Shakers update from across the world of art and antiques.

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High-tech early breech loaders broke new ground

28 November 2022

At first glance this early 18th century British-made sporting flintlock is nothing particularly out of the ordinary, despite being impressively engraved and relief carved.

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Get your two hands on a mighty sword

28 November 2022

Top result from the October 26 arms and armour auction at Munich saleroom Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) was a 5ft 6in (1.67m) two-hand sword made by the acclaimed bladesmith Wolfgang Stantler II of Passau, c.1580.

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Abijah’s powder horn shows Ranger value

28 November 2022

A ‘Siege of Louisbourg’ powder horn belonging to one Ranger Abijah Smith sold for $17,500 (£15,200) at Bonhams Skinner in an auction on September 28 in Massachusetts.

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Coin purse gives you bang for your buck

28 November 2022

This Victorian purse gun was designed by Oscar Frankenau from Nuremberg and patented in both the UK and the US in 1876.

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Kepler manuscript’s star value

28 November 2022

Calculations on planetary movements rise to the occasion in New York saleroom

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Timing was picture perfect for Paris photograph auction

28 November 2022

Staging a photo collection sale just as a specialist fair opened proved a great choice.

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Auction benefits from constructive thinking

28 November 2022

Paris auction Ader (28% buyer’s premium) was busy on the photographic front during Paris Photo.

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German book from 1500 cooks up a storm at auction

28 November 2022

Offered as part of a series of sales held by Reiss & Sohn (19% buyer’s premium) of Königstein im Taunus was an exceptionally early cookery book.

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British pistols owned by American patriot

28 November 2022

A pair of ornate presentation flintlock pistols made in London and later owned by an American patriot sold for $55,000 (£46,200) at a US saleroom.

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Expansion and hires including Hindman to open a New York saleroom

22 November 2022

Hindman launching in New York and Sotheby’s expanding in Asia are among the latest updates across the world of art and antiques.

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TEFAF Maastricht Showcase expands

21 November 2022

TEFAF Maastricht is expanding its Showcase section to include 10 galleries next year.

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‘The Day the Music Died’ poster sets auction record

21 November 2022

The only known poster from ‘The Day the Music Died’ became the most expensive concert poster when it sold for a premium inclusive $447,000 ($379,500) at Heritage Auctions of Dallas on November 11.

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BRAFA returns to early slot in the fairs calendar

21 November 2022

BRAFA Art Fair in Brussels has announced its dates for the 2023 edition.

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Bugatti for better and Wurst

21 November 2022

Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) is well known as an animalier sculptor creating studies of exotic animals that he observed in the zoos at Antwerp and the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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Madonna makes second-highest Bellini sum

21 November 2022

A Madonna and Child by the Venetian Renaissance Master Giovanni Bellini (c.1430-1516) and assistant sold in Vienna for a hammer price of €1.13m (£982,610).

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Pomodoro in the round

21 November 2022

This 1966 work by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (b.1926) will feature in Koller’s Post War and Contemporary sale on December 1 in Zurich.

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Life revealed in terracotta and wood forms

21 November 2022

This terracotta sculpture from 1941 by Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) featured in the Fine Art sale held by Shapiro (25% buyer’s premium) on October 15.

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Chadwick proved his mettle

21 November 2022

A welding course was to have a lasting effect on the artistic development of the British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003).

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Richier sculptures consigned direct from her family

21 November 2022

An unpublished group of works by the French sculptor Germaine Richier (1902-59) that have remained with the artist’s family are to be auctioned.

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