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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Christie’s and China Guardian team up for series of autumn sales and events in Shanghai

07 May 2020

Auction house Christie’s and China Guardian have teamed up to create a series of sales, exhibitions and events in Shanghai in September.

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Cartoons by late Astérix creator Albert Uderzo to be auctioned for charity

06 May 2020

Cartoons by the late Albert Uderzo (1927-2020) will be offered by his family at a charity auction hosted by Artcurial in Paris.

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Chinese blue and white vase sets auction record at online sale

05 May 2020

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

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Sotheby’s and Christie’s hail online sale results but turnover will depend on future of flagship auctions

04 May 2020

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have released figures to highlight how they have been able to manage the process of rapidly migrating their core business online during the coronavirus crisis.

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French auctions prepare to return as Drouot aims to reopen on May 25

04 May 2020

The Paris auction centre Hôtel Drouot intends to reopen on May 25, pending “any government counter-argument”.

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Heritage announces ‘significant expansion’ all on one site

04 May 2020

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, is consolidating its three offices into one large global headquarters to incorporate offices, salerooms and cataloguing space.

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Items from France’s national furniture collection to be auctioned to raise funds for health service

04 May 2020

France’s Mobilier National, the body that looks after the national furniture collection, is auctioning 100 pieces from its holdings in order to support the country’s health service.

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Meissen Whiplash dinner service catches the eye at Freeman’s

04 May 2020

Freeman’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Philadelphia opened its latest Design sale with a Meissen Whiplash dinner service designed in 1903-4 by Henry Van de Velde, the Belgian Art Nouveau architect and designer.

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Collection of English drinking glasses emerge in Virginia

04 May 2020

Jeffrey S Evans’ spring sale of 18th and 19th century glassware and lighting takes place in Mount Crawford, Virginia. It includes a collection of more than 100 18th and 19th century English drinking glasses, to be offered unreserved on May 20.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): May 5-16, 2020

04 May 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 5-16, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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'Durham Ox' plate among super Staffordshire pottery selection in Michigan

04 May 2020

Schmidt’s Antiques’ next ceramics auction in Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be on June 6 and features a wide range of English and Continental pottery and porcelain from Britain, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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Aussie art dealer looks back on UK influence

04 May 2020

The UK and Australia have a strong connection, highlighted by commemorations such as the recent Anzac Day (April 25) to remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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Pair of platform souls provides surprise top price at Sotheby's

04 May 2020

Ceramics, both English and Continental from the 18th century through to modern pieces, were one of several elements featured in the most recent Style auction held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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Top deck among the cards

04 May 2020

Gambling memorabilia and playing cards provided the twin attractions of a sale held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) of Chicago, where the day’s top lot proved to be a famous book with a local imprint.

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Staffordshire and Wedgwood pieces offered in Belgium

04 May 2020

Staffordshire blue and white ware, figures and Leeds creamware will be among a selection of English ceramics featured in Maison Jules’ large mixed-discipline auction of art, antiques and vintage items to be held online over three days from May 16-18 in Gent, Belgium.

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Bonhams’ revised sale schedule includes host of art and antiques auctions in London

30 April 2020

Bonhams has announced a revised sale schedule for May and June in UK, US, Hong Kong and Australia.

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Rare book fair in Paris postponed until September

27 April 2020

The ‘Salon International du Livre Rare’ (International Rare Book Fair) which was due to be held this month at the Grand Palais in Paris, has been postponed until September 4-6.

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Ocean liner and trolley buses offered in New Jersey from tin toy collection

27 April 2020

Bertoia Auctions’ large spring sale of antique toys, trains and banks in Vineland, New Jersey, takes place on May 7-8.

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Ingenious chalices conceal Catholic purpose

27 April 2020

The Penal Laws weigh heavily on the history of Ireland. Before they were largely repealed in the period 1778-93, the series of statutes were imposed in an attempt to force Irish Catholics (and Protestant dissenters) to accept the established Church of Ireland.

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Raise a tankard to online sales at Bonhams Australia

27 April 2020

Bonhams Australia is holding its first auction behind closed doors in Sydney on May 13 with bidding online and by phone.

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