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.

Frank Lloyd, Gilbert Lloyd, and Francis Bacon

Marlborough Gallery to close after nearly 80 years in business

05 April 2024

Marlborough Gallery is to close after nearly 80 years in business following a decision by its board of trustees to wind down its operations.

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Booksellers team up at New York fair to sell major collection chronicling the first Europeans in America

05 April 2024

Four dealers are behind the sale of the R David Parsons collection at the New York book fair

ATG Hindman Vase

Sleeping clair-de-lune bottle vase from Ohio yeast magnate rises to six-figure sum

03 April 2024

The stand-out performance in the March series of Asian art sales was a Qing monochrome clair-de-lune bottle vase.

Merkle Meissen Masonic

Outstanding Meissen figure collection comes to auction in Paris

01 April 2024

The first part of one of the finest collections of 18th century Meissen figures still in private hands will be offered at Bonhams in Paris on April 17.


Ann and Gordon Getty lots: all gone, including the kitchen sink

01 April 2024

Doulton washroom elements provide surprise as final items from extensive collection come to auction


Easter Bunny and Santa moulds choc full of appeal

01 April 2024

Chocolate moulds do not get much better than the two ‘showpiece’ models offered for sale at Leonard Auction in Addison, Illinois, on March 24.


Calder’s tapestries – the South American versions

01 April 2024

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) first produced designs for tapestries made at the Aubusson factory in the early 1960s.


Western horology ticked Chinese requirements

01 April 2024

Just as rich Europeans coveted Chinese porcelain and lacquer in the 18th and 19th century, so the Chinese were fascinated by Western horology.


Early Khanna creation emerges in New Jersey

01 April 2024

A relatively early work by the Indian post-war painter Krishen Khanna (b.1925) hammered for $116,000 (£90,500) against an estimate of $4000-8000 at Taurus Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

Mazzoleni, Art Basel Hong Kong. Credits Mark Blower. Courtesy Mazzoleni, London Torino

Work by Modern Italian master included in Art Basel Hong Kong sales

29 March 2024

Contemporary giant includes some Modern offerings including several recent sales from a London gallery.

New hires

New joiners at Lyon & Turnbull and Chiswick Auctions and an expanding trainee scheme at Woolley & Wallis

28 March 2024

A round up of movers and shakers across the art and antiques sector

Salon du Dessin

International museums boost sales at latest Salon du Dessin

27 March 2024

Institutions visiting from the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK boosted demand at the 32nd edition of Salon du Dessin in Paris.

Géricault study

Three rediscovered early 19th century French drawings soar above estimates at Paris auction

26 March 2024

Three unpublished drawings by the French artist Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) have sold at auction in Paris.

The Pale Complexion Of True Love (Framed)

UK dealers announce series of sales to overseas museums

25 March 2024

Several pictures and one leatherwork portrait have recently gone to institutions in the US and France.

European Commission

Art and antiques trade unites against EU import rules

25 March 2024

Art and antiques trade associations have stepped up their campaign to “dilute the worst effects” of the incoming EU import licensing regulation which comes into force next summer.

Perone Beer

Bottoms up to a top beer can auction price

25 March 2024

The only known example of a vintage Perone quart proved again how rare beer cans have become valuable collectors’ items


Panoramas pick up six-figure sums in Italy

25 March 2024

Two titled topographical views by a journeyman 18th century Venetian artist excelled at the Old Masters and 19th Century Paintings sale at Wannenes (35% buyer’s premium) in Genoa.


18th century friar portrait painted by female artist flies over estimate

25 March 2024

This 18th century pastel on paper portrait showing a young friar has many hallmarks of the work of the Venetian painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).


BAFTA awards accepted for American fair

25 March 2024

Norfolk dealer Voewood Rare Books will offer two prototype BAFTA awards at a US book fair where the UK is well represented this year.


A product of his time but Bugatti’s fantasies were all his own

25 March 2024

In 1902, while visiting stands at the Esposizione Internationale d’Arte Decorativa Moderna in Turin, the Queen of Italy congratulated Carlo Bugatti on his ‘Moresque’ style of furniture. He reportedly replied, “You are mistaken, majesty, this style is mine!”