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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Qwerty minded: typewriters tempt bidders in German sale

27 April 2020

Specialist auction house sells early versions hailing from the US

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Brighten up your home and support charity with art dealers' offerings

27 April 2020

The last few weeks of lockdown may have left you wishing you could do more to fight coronavirus. Or they may have left you feeling like that blank stretch of wall in the living room could really do with brightening up.

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Rare glass perfume bottle and Arts & Crafts pewter bowl designed by Archibald Knox emerge in Cincinnati

27 April 2020

Treadway Gallery’s Spring Sale of decorative arts will be held in Cincinnati on May 3 using phone, internet and absentee bidding but with no public attendance.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 28-May 7, 2020

27 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 28-May 7, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Porcelain bottle from former governor-general of Ceylon's collection offered at Singapore auction

27 April 2020

The timed sale of Oriental ceramics and works of art to be held by Hotlotz Singapore running until May 3 features a selection of items from the descendants of Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke, GCMG, KCVO, KBE, KStJ, who was governor-general of Ceylon from 1954-62.

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Gold bowl presented to grandparents of Queen Elizabeth II comes to auction in the US

22 April 2020

A gold bowl presented to the grandparents of Queen Elizabeth II by the city of Dundee in 1931 will feature in a forthcoming sale of silver and vertu to be held by Heritage Auctions.

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Classic English furniture among works from interior and garden designer’s collection at Sotheby’s ‘Style’ auction

21 April 2020

Items from the estate of interior decorator and garden designer Andrew Hartnagle and a collection of 20 lots of early English silver are two of the notable single-owner properties in Sotheby’s Style auction in New York running online until April 22.

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New faces at Sworders, Phillips and Bonhams - the latest Movers and Shakers from auction houses

21 April 2020

Among the latest appointments across auction firms, Sarah Flynn has left Cheffins to join Sworders.

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Charles II era purse stars in US online show

20 April 2020

Following the raft of recent Covid-19 cancellations, The Antique Dealers’ Association of America (ADA) is seeking to help its members with an online antiques exhibition.

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Pick of the week: Pastiche clock is the real deal for buyer

20 April 2020

This monumental English longcase clock sold in a Massachusetts auction is a remarkable exercise in antiquarianism.

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From king to maharaja: Cartier watch with a British royal connection sells in Hamburg

20 April 2020

A luxurious watch with a British royal connection went under the hammer last month at Cortrie (20% buyer’s premium) in Hamburg.

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Two very different Florence Nightingale letters for sale in UK and US auctions - plus dealer offers signed photograph

20 April 2020

One to a lord about an Ottoman sultan, the other asking for six eggs - two very different letters from Florence Nightingale have emerged at salerooms in the UK and US.

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Houdini memorabilia comes to Potter & Potter's Magic auction

20 April 2020

A selection of Items relating to the famous escapologist Harry Houdini feature prominently among the potential highlights in the latest Potter & Potter Magic Auction to be live streamed from its gallery in Chicago on May 2.

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Israels lights up at Wendl

20 April 2020

'Portrait of a Young Girl with a Cigarette' was a high-flyer in a sale at Wendl (21% buyer’s premium) in Rudolstadt held before open auctions were prohibited by the German authorities.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 22-May 1, 2020

20 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 22-May 1, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Benefits of diplomacy as classical marble statue generates interest in New York

20 April 2020

One of the strongest performers in a large, mixed-discipline online-only sale held by Cottone ( 18% buyer’s premium) in Geneseo, New York, was this classical marble statue of a young boy on a carved stone plinth which had the bonus of a late-19th century provenance.

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Old Masters migrate to online

20 April 2020

Aguttes’ drawings auction was one of the only sales not to be postponed after the coronavirus alert.

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Vendor not so sad about this price

20 April 2020

On April 10, 1970, a Paul McCartney ‘self-interview’ ahead of the release of his debut solo album had been taken by the media to be an announcement that the band was no more.

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Book of Hours made for Charles VIII of France offered online by Les Enluminures

20 April 2020

This small-scale book of hours, below, was made c.1490-93 for Charles VIII of France. Containing 12 full-page and 10 small miniatures by the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse, it is offered by Les Enluminures for $575,000 as part of its online initiative: a Books of Hours online update to be sent out biannually.

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Harry Houdini memorabilia takes the stage at Chicago magic auction next month

18 April 2020

Harry Houdini will be centre stage for Potter & Potter Auctions‘ latest Magic Auction taking place in Chicago.

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