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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Russian sword owned by prince who died in action

20 May 2019

A Russian battle sword is on offer at Morphy Auctions in the June 12 sale in Denver, Pennsylvania, estimated at $50,000-100,000.

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Pair of Sir Peter Lily portraits emerge in Maine

20 May 2019

This pair of half-length portraits by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) features in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ next sale to be held in Maine from May 31-June 2.

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A Ming dynasty fan, a rare Beswick horse and a stamp archive – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

17 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a gold paper fan signed for a Ming dynasty calligrapher that took a multi-estimate €28,000.

‘Meules’ by Claude Monet

Sotheby’s sets auction record for an Impressionist picture as Claude Monet 'Haystack' painting takes $97m

15 May 2019

A painting from Claude Monet’s (1840-1926) ‘haystacks’ series set the highest price at auction for an Impressionist picture at Sotheby’s New York last night.

Salvador Dali watercolour

Salvador Dalí original Christmas cards predicted to make up to €1m at Paris auction

15 May 2019

A group of 15 works on paper by Salvador Dalí (1904-89) which were produced as Christmas card designs will be offered in Paris this summer. They are estimated to raise up to €1m at Artcurial’s Modern and Impressionist Art auction.

Louis Majorelle and Victor Prouvé piano

Art Nouveau ‘Dying Swan’ piano emerges in Paris auction

13 May 2019

The upcoming Decorative Arts sale to be held by Tajan in Paris includes a number of pieces by one of the master craftsmen of the Art Nouveau movement – Louis Majorelle.

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Getty Museum snaps up ancient gems cache at Christie’s New York

13 May 2019

The Getty Museum has emerged as the mystery buyer of close to half of a collection of ancient engraved gems sold by Christie’s New York.

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Six places to buy golfing memorabilia around the UK and beyond this month

13 May 2019

A weekend of watching the British Masters might inspire a spate of related buying, but golf memorabilia is a perennial favourite for some collectors.

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Bust depicts a short-lived Roman emperor Didius Julianus

13 May 2019

This over life-sized marble bust depicts Emperor Didius Julianus, who ruled the Roman empire for just a few short months in the year 193AD. His fleeting 66-day reign took place during the tumultuous period known as ‘The Year of the Five Emperors’ and came to a grisly end when he was murdered by a common soldier.

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Changing faces of the tinplate toy world

13 May 2019

This 9in (23cm) high tinplate toy, which comes with three interchangeable faces, is by the German firm of Distler.

British and Irish book auctions: May 14-25, 2019

13 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 14-25, 2019.

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Family portraits in Irish auction include one of a would-be aviation trailblazer Godwin Swifte

13 May 2019

Godwin Swifte, who styled himself as Lord Carlingford, was a member of one of Ireland’s notable families and a maverick of early flight.

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French advertising poster for Terrot bicycles to be offered at Potter & Potter

13 May 2019

Among the 700-plus lots of posters included in Potter & Potter’s auction in Chicago on May 22 will be a 1913 French example advertising Terrot bicycles.

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Standards fly high in New York Old Master sales

13 May 2019

Among the top lots at Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) trio of Old Master sales during ‘Classic Week’ was a rediscovered oil sketch by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) for 'The Distribution of the Eagle Standards'.

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Black Watch toy soldiers march into Pittsburgh auction

13 May 2019

One of the highlights of Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ spring sale from May 18-19 in Pittsburgh will be this rare Britains Black Watch boxed parade set with piper, No 449.

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Artefacts collected during extensive Indian travels for sale

13 May 2019

On May 17 Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, is selling the collection of Indian artefacts from the estate of David Swope of Ossining, NY.

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Salerooms aim to create a home from home when dispersing traditional country house contents

13 May 2019

With ‘on the premises’ country house contents sales now so rare, the more usual practice is for the better pieces to be removed to saleroom bases.

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Barbara Hepworth's 'Aegean' bronze heads to Chicago auction

13 May 2019

Hindman Auctioneers, formerly Leslie Hindman, is newly rebranded and has a busy calendar across its six US salerooms this year.

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Brandt Art Deco table on offer in LA

13 May 2019

A 23in (58.5cm) diameter Art Deco table by the designer Edgar Brandt has been consigned to the two-day Design for the Home and Garden auction to be held by Andrew Jones in Los Angeles on May 18-19.

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Le Corbusier designs a tour de force

13 May 2019

The pictorial spread and designer binding shown here feature in a work by the celebrated French-Swiss architect and designer, Le Corbusier.

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