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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Fleming licensed to thrill

18 May 2020

Two of Ian Fleming’s books were among the highlights of a general book and manuscript sale held on April 18 at a saleroom probably better known on these pages for its specialist sales in the field of magic and conjuring.

Qianlong period Imperial white jade teapot

Sotheby’s launches hybrid format combining elements of auctions and private sales

16 May 2020

Sotheby’s has launched a new hybrid sale format which is a cross between an auction and private sale.

‘Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F')

Christie’s launches major cross-continental Modern art sale using live streaming with bidders in the room where permitted

15 May 2020

Christie’s is launching a new sale-format for a major 20th century art auction in July.

Greek bronze Corinthian helmet

Christie’s to stage ‘Classic Week’ as series of online auctions

14 May 2020

Christie’s has announced that its ‘Classic Week’ of sales in New York will now take place as a series of online auctions.

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Pick of the week: Chinese vase sets new online record

11 May 2020

A Chinese blue and white vase achieved a hammer price of over £3m at an online auction that closed in Singapore last week.

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Chinese table clock combining Western and Oriental features offered at Hanover sale

11 May 2020

For centuries, China was a rewarding market for European clock and watchmakers who created extravagant timepieces for their Oriental clientele.

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Artist of reverse still life painting revealed in Munich sale

11 May 2020

Among the interesting lots sold at Scheublein (26% buyer’s premium), in Munich on April 24 (a sale originally scheduled for March 20), was a 'Still Life with Basket of Fruit and Flowers'.

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Danish collectors' eclectic items come to auction in Cologne

11 May 2020

Over nearly four decades, a collector in Copenhagen acquired works of art to furnish and decorate a patrician residence in the Danish capital. Part of his eclectic collection is on sale at Lempertz in Cologne on May 29-30.

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Four 18th century drinking glasses coming up for auction this month

11 May 2020

A selection of four 18th century drinking glasses appearing at auctions in May 2020.

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Canaletto influence lifts William James' Venetian scene

11 May 2020

Work thought to be by studio assistant is regarded as accessible alternative to famous master

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Joel Arthur Rosenthal – an open secret

11 May 2020

The cult following that surrounds publicity-shy Joel Arthur Rosenthal continues to grow. Secondary market prices for JAR fashion jewellery are reaching new heights.

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Exceedingly good Kipling prices

11 May 2020

Extensive collection of books and other material comes to auction from rare book shop duo.

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Musical box suitable for a big noise comes to auction

11 May 2020

As a rule, musical boxes, which were the favoured mode of reproducing music by mechanical means in the salons of Europe and the US during the 19th century, were more or less portable mechanisms.

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Collected by an anarchist and a librarian

11 May 2020

Top lot in a recent sale conducted by Galerie Bassenge (23% buyer’s premium) of Berlin, at €140,000 (£121,800), was a 1687 first issue of Newton’s 'Principia mathematica….'

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): May 12-28, 2020

11 May 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions - all being held online only for now because of the coronavirus alert.

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Teacher carved out career as a sculptor

11 May 2020

Anyone walking past the Palais de Chaillot in Paris may have noticed a large sculpture of an architect on the edifice of the north wing. It is the work of the French artist Jean-René Debarre who was born in 1907.

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Small piece of furniture attracts high level of interest at German auction

11 May 2020

Several surprising prices emerged at Geble (19% buyer’s premium) in Radolfzell on Lake Constance on April 25.

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Robe became magical prop in Paris before auction in Munich

11 May 2020

This late 19th century surcoat or longgua, finely embroidered in silk and gold thread with eight dragon roundels, was originally worn by a high-ranking woman at the Chinese Imperial court.

Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus by Francis Bacon

Major auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s remain scheduled as live events

09 May 2020

The flagship art auctions due to take place at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in June and July remain on the calendar as live events.

First Empire small sword

Légion d'honneur sword and early ventriloquist's doll are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

08 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare French First Empire sword for a Légion d'honneur recipient that made over 35-times estimate.

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