Auctions

News and previews of art and antiques sold at auctions throughout the UK and overseas, from multi-million-pound blockbusters to affordable collectables.


Charles de Temple ring

Charles de Temple ‘Bond’ ring stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

30 September 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a modernist ring linked to a Bond film that made over twice its estimate in London.

VC medal

Pick of the week: Kavanagh VC takes auction record sum

26 September 2022

The first civilian Victoria Cross of just five to be awarded has sold for an auction record hammer price of £750,000 at London saleroom Noonans.

The Last Sight of Fiammetta

‘Unknown’ Stillman is now an artist on the rise after auction success

26 September 2022

Although largely still an unknown outside the Victorian art world, the second-generation Pre-Raphaelite painter Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was a cherished member of the circle as model, muse, student and ultimately colleague.

Cockney Rebel tour costume

An auction result to make a Cockney Rebel smile

26 September 2022

The Lacy Scott & Knight Music, Film & Sport Memorabilia auction on September 16 included over 40 lots consigned by singer and 1970s rock band Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley.

Simon Hucker

Modern and Contemporary specialist to head Lyon & Turnbull sale

26 September 2022

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull is to add a new sale to its London calendar led by newly appointed Modern & Contemporary art specialist Simon Hucker.

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Single-owner collection takes Root in Bath instead of clinging on to London hotbed

26 September 2022

Does the Contemporary art auction market need levelling up?

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Wirth-Miller proves his worth in the saleroom

26 September 2022

Two abstract landscapes by Denis Wirth-Miller (1915-2010) were among the works in demand at the latest Post-War and Contemporary art sale held at Lyon & Turnbull (26% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh.

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Hambling and Long on offer

26 September 2022

Five works by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) will be offered at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins on October 27.

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Bidders on Kew for the chance to buy a Berg

26 September 2022

Modern and Contemporary art was one of the sectors that seemed to experience an uplift of interest during the lockdown as people had more time to search online for works they like.

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Arnup destined to sculpt

26 September 2022

Apparently Sally Arnup (1930-2015) knew she was going to be a sculptor from the age of five – taking a shed in the family garden as a studio.

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WG Grace bowls over bidders

26 September 2022

Two albums of photographs taken by fellow cricketer and friend pitch in at four-figure sum.

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Venetian style and high value

26 September 2022

Drinking vessel generates remarkable result.

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Banknotes mark end of an era

26 September 2022

Examples from the UK and Commonwealth featuring the late queen make mementoes.

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Plath’s dedicated poems take colossal price

26 September 2022

Inscribed to her husband and fellow poet, Ted Hughes, the dedication copy of the first and only collection of Sylvia Plath’s verses to be published in her lifetime, The Colossus and other Poems, sold for a record £75,000.

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Second slice of de Marteau collection comes up in Paris

26 September 2022

Following on from its first dispersal of works from the collection of dealer and collector Claude de Marteau held by Bonhams in Paris this June, the second sale takes place in the French capital on October 4, held by Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr.

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Plenty of life in Lowesoft tablets

26 September 2022

Distinctive plaques made to mark births are unique to the Suffolk town’s porcelain factory.

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Reese: mad about Melville

26 September 2022

The latest in a series of auctions to draw on the private library of one of the more prominent antiquarian book dealers of his generation, William S Reese (1955-2018), ran from September 1-14 at Christie’s New York (26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium).

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Court in action

26 September 2022

The multi-talented dramatist, artist and set designer Louis Carrogis known as Carmontelle (1717-1806) is well known for his extensive series of portraits of members of the French Court and other famous personalities.

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Previews: issue 2561

26 September 2022

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Minton fungi and foxes tureen hunted down

26 September 2022

The Minton ‘fungi and foxes’ tureen is among the rarest of all majolica game pie dishes.

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