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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Asian buyers compete for works from European collections in German and Austrian specialist auctions

15 July 2019

Far and away the highest result for an Asian work of art in recent sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the spectacular price of SFr4.2m (£3.3m) achieved by Koller in Zurich for a Chinese bronze censer (see front page, ATG No 2397).

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Flemish flowers take highest price at Drouot so far in 2019

15 July 2019

At a €2.7m (£2.45m) hammer price, a 17th century Flemish flower painting was the toast of the Old Master picture results in Paris this year. It was also the highest price recorded at the Drouot auction centre so far for 2019.

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Historic city Bamberg hosts 24th dealer exhibition event

15 July 2019

Since the late 1880s, opera fans have braved the often intense heat of the summer to visit the Wagner festival in Bayreuth.

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Ulysses makes latest epic price

15 July 2019

Stand-out lot in a recent Irish sale was one of the 100 special copies of Ulysses printed on Dutch handmade paper by Van Gelder that James Joyce signed on publication in Paris in 1922.

Chu Teh-Chun painting

Artcurial and Sotheby’s lead half-year French auction house totals

12 July 2019

Auction firms in France have been releasing their ‘Bilans’ or sales figures for the first half of 2019.

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Sold for 914 times top estimate: £5m ‘Botticelli’ stuns saleroom

08 July 2019

Spectators at an auction in Zürich were left flabbergasted when a Quattrocento panel painting with a SFr5000-7000 estimate catalogued as ‘in the style of Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510)’ was knocked down at SFr6.4m (£5.16m) after an intense 10-minute bidding battle.

A still-life by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder

Seven Old Masters highlights from latest Paris auction series

08 July 2019

The latest high season of auctions in Paris included a sizeable selection of Old Master and 19th century paintings. Pictured here is a selection of highlights from the latest series.

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Paris auctions move back into action as Sotheby’s announce single-owner sale

08 July 2019

In September the Paris auction scene wakes up from its long summer slumber to get back into action for the approaching autumn and winter season.

Paris diary dates for September 2019

08 July 2019

A selection of art and antiques events taking place in Paris in September.

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Hirschfeld steps into the saleroom

08 July 2019

Works produced in the 1940s by Al Hirschfeld figured prominently among the higher priced lots at a June 4 Illustration Art sale held in New York.

British and Irish book auctions: July 9-19, 2019

08 July 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 9-19, 2019.

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How Paris comes back to life after the long summer break

08 July 2019

'La Biennale Paris' and 'Parcours des Mondes' bring the dealing scene in the French capital back to life after summer slumbers, while auction houses also rise to the occasion. We take an early glimpse at what will be on offer for the visitor in September.

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Three markets and fairs in Belgium for summer 2019

08 July 2019

A trio of art and antiques events coming up soon in Belgium.

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Auction house Osenat expands to Versailles

08 July 2019

September will be a key date in the diary for the French auction firm Osenat, which has announced its expansion with an extra venue and several new departments.

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The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography gets £25,000 boost

04 July 2019

The Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, organised by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), has received an additional endowment of $25,000.

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Hires at Bellmans and Alderfer Auction - the latest Movers and Shakers in the art and antiques market

03 July 2019

A selection of appointments across the sector including a book specialist at Bellmans

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‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ acquired in private deal prior to €100m auction

01 July 2019

The painting dubbed the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ that was snubbed by the Louvre in Paris could now go on show in a museum after a private sale.

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Christie's auction off extraordinary group of Indian courtly weapons with the Al Thani edge

01 July 2019

Christie’s marathon 12-hour auction of Indian jewellery and works of art from the Al Thani family held in New York included the finest collection of courtly weapons to come to auction in well over a generation.

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15th century maths book merits own catalogue and sells for $1m in New York auction

01 July 2019

Published in Venice in November 1494, a copy of Luca Pacioli’s 'Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proporzioni et proporzionalità…' offered in a recent US sale was granted the rare privilege in the book auction world of having a catalogue all of its own.

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Ground hero: mortars from Schwarzach collection impress at Cologne auction

01 July 2019

Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) held a recent sale devoted to the Schwarzach Collection of mortars, which is thought to be the most extensive of its type in Europe, if not worldwide.

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