Auctions

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


Console table

Auction bidding battle for rare Kentian console ends at six-figure sum

06 February 2023

An important George II console table emerged for sale at The Auction Room London on January 31.

15th century book

Fifteenth century friar's manual inspired by the game of chess

06 February 2023

A 15th century first edition of a pioneering work by Johannes Gallensis surfaced at auction late last month.

Arizona Spike

Pick of the week: Railroad spike hits a cool $1.8m response at auction

06 February 2023

The completion of the US transcontinental railroad in 1869 was the marvel of its age.

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A scrimshaw flask with an intriguing inscription is among five lots to watch

06 February 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

Lotus bowl

Bid Barometer: issue 2579

06 February 2023

ATG’s pick of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com, featuring both the highest prices over-estimate and the top prices paid online.

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First edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest emerges in Chicago

06 February 2023

Included in Potter & Potter’s latest sale of Books and Manuscripts is a rare first edition limited issue of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest.

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How pictures ‘attributed to’ or ‘after’ an artist can still attract plenty of interest

06 February 2023

The market for ‘after’ or ‘attributed to’ works is often rather unpredictable. While some works will inevitably fall flat at auction, others sometimes take off.

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Archive reveals UK election shenanigans, 1826 style

06 February 2023

Lot sold for multiple-estimate sum in Cumbrian sale relates to a notorious election in Northumberland

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Later Tate director also made a good impression as an artist early on

06 February 2023

If this painting of a farmhouse in Brittany seems reminiscent of a piece of French Impressionism, that’s probably no coincidence.

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Curtis botanical works blossom at auction

06 February 2023

A group of watercolours from the collection of the renowned botanist, entomologist William Curtis (1746-99), drew attention in a Surrey sale.

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Previews: issue 2579

06 February 2023

A selection of 13 upcoming lots available at UK and Irish auctions.

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‘Akin to living in a private museum’

06 February 2023

Wife describes how collector husband Chris Hancock’s latest artworks had to fight for space in a family home

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Medal marks a Shanghai special day

06 February 2023

The Shanghai Jubilee Medal was instituted in 1893 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first British consul created after the Treaty of Nanking in 1843.

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Mantel clock is pick of a d’Estaing presidential selection

06 February 2023

Clock formed as memorial to Napoleonic general stars among contents of d’Estaing family home

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Chandelier shone in Pugin’s Gem

06 February 2023

This brass and iron ecclesiastic chandelier or corona lucis is by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), the most famous name in the Gothic Revival.

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Scandinavian calendar stick provides seasons to be cheerful

06 February 2023

Among the best performing lots at the Country House sale at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn was a fruitwood calendar stick or primstav.

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Buyer gets teeth into Thomas Nashe feast

06 February 2023

Extraordinary collection generates £64,000 bid for collaborative works by the playwright and poet

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Bouguereaus double up at US auction

06 February 2023

Works by the married artists both feature in Philadelphia saleroom Freeman's

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Louvre acquisitions announced for Abu Dhabi and Paris

06 February 2023

Main and Middle East branch of the French museum revealed as the buyers of works offered in French auctions

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Just 5 out of 10... but full value in Superman terms

06 February 2023

A copy of the very first 'Superman' comic of 1939 that came to auction in the US was not in the finest of conditions, indeed rated only VG/FN 5.O.

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