Auctions

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


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Leonard Cohen's love letters to muse Marianne sell for five times estimate at Christie’s auction

17 June 2019

Letters from Canadian poet, singer-songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen to his muse Marianne Ihlen have sold for a total $700,800 ($876,000 including buyer’s premium).

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Burne-Jones sketches head to Delaware museum via Cambridge

17 June 2019

Two studies by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones for his 1868 oil Hymenaeus will soon be reunited with the finished painting.

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Chinese bronze censer used to hold tennis balls sold for £3.3 million

17 June 2019

A Chinese parcel gilt bronze censer, that was being used to hold tennis balls when first seen by valuers last year, has sold at auction in Switzerland for close to £3.3m.

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Pick of the week: Early draft of colonial American map impresses at New York auction

17 June 2019

A pre-press version of a key map of colonial America emerged for sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on June 6. Carrying an estimate of $30,000-50,000, it sold at $100,000/£76,900 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) – a sum that reflected its extraordinary provenance.

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Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair

Beethoven’s hair bid to £28,000 at Sotheby’s

17 June 2019

A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that was “evidently given” by the great composer to the pianist Anton Halm in 1826 was knocked down at £28,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London last week.

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Strong response to folk art collection of French writer and broadcaster at Paris auction

17 June 2019

Folk art (or art populaire as it is known in France) has gained an increased following over the years.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £1500 or under including a Bernard Adeney oil painting

17 June 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £1500 or under, including an oil painting by one of the founding members of The London Group.

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Churchill goes into sale battle

17 June 2019

Inscribed by Winston Churchill “…For Mrs Johnston in these great days”, a 1941 (second) edition of 'Into Battle', the first of a number of collections of his wartime speeches to be published, was part of a lot that sold for a higher than predicted £3000 in a Surrey sale.

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Chest attributed to Flemish-born London maker Gerrit Jensen tops furniture from Worcestershire manor

17 June 2019

A consignment of furniture from the medieval Eastington Hall, Worcestershire, boosted Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.

British and Irish book auctions from June 18-29, 2019

17 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 18-29, 2019.

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Why EM Ginn’s Expert sounded perfect at £8500

17 June 2019

The sale of a remarkable gramophone collection two years ago at the Cotswold Auction Company (20% buyer’s premium), in which an EMG gramophone took £6500, prompted the consignment of another large collection to the June 4 sale at the Cheltenham rooms.

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Arts & Crafts oak from the second and third generation

17 June 2019

Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) offered 12 impeccably provenanced pieces by Peter Waals (1870-1937) at Oxford on May 23.

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Thornhill’s Chinaman strikes a chord in Ayr

17 June 2019

More of a curiosity than a clock but a decorator’s dream, a life-size caricature of a smiling Chinese man clutching a willow-pattern plate with gilt dragon hands emerged in the Ayr rooms of Thomas R Callan (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Bid Barometer

17 June 2019

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period June 6-12, 2019. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Astronomical works on comets and the planet Saturn achieve high sums in German sale

17 June 2019

Two astronomical works dating from the 17th century were among the more successful works in a recent German auction.

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Previews : £30,000 plus

17 June 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Signed photo is a Curie curiosity

17 June 2019

Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of Marie Curie shown here.

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Early Golf magazine sells a fair way above guides

17 June 2019

Early magazine runs brought some unexpectedly high prices in the latest of the regular golfing literature sales held by a Californian saleroom.

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Portrait of Augustus John’s painterly daughter brings bidding in Cambridge

17 June 2019

A portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his daughter Gwyneth Johnstone attracted keen attention at auction in Cambridge last week.

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