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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Prime ministers’ auctions: British political memorabilia goes under the hammer

20 April 2019

Take a break from the high-stress business of reading about British politics and take a look at some of the lots relating to former prime ministers coming up for auction.

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An Old Master jigsaw puzzler

19 April 2019

Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.

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Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work

19 April 2019

A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).

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Pick of the week: Gill puts WH Smith on the map

19 April 2019

A large oil on panel map by MacDonald Gill celebrating the presence of stationer WH Smith on the British high street in the 1920s was hammered down at £50,000 in Gloucestershire.

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James I silver box, Lucie Rie bowl and a mahogany side table – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

19 April 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a James I silver shell box, a stoneware footed bowl by Lucie Rie and a George II mahogany side table.

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Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export

19 April 2019

A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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19th century French genre interior scene doubles estimate in Paris auction

19 April 2019

An early 19th century painting by the artist Martin Drölling (1752-1817), which came to auction with a preparatory drawing and its companion pendant work has sold in Paris for €235,000 (£200,855), more than double the estimate.

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South German chalice displays history and workmanship deserving of museum quality status

19 April 2019

Despite the general controversy about the material – one that has momentarily taken a back seat as Brexit eats parliamentary time – an exceptional ivory work of art still has the capacity to impress in the saleroom.

Signed Oscar Wilde first edition of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' makes £19,700... but inscribed copies can make more

19 April 2019

Bid to £19,700 in a recent sale was one of 100 signed, large paper firsts of Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of Being Earnest' published by Leonard Smithers in 1899.

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Auction house looks beyond Lakeland for diverse lots

19 April 2019

In the proud tradition of UK provincial auction houses, the 2000-lot, three-day sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) offered a world of artefacts from way beyond its Lakeland base of Cockermouth.

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Bid Barometer

19 April 2019

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period April 11-17, 2019. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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First part of Hayhurst library sale is a huge 1139 lots

19 April 2019

Given that the sale ran to a huge 1139 lots, the April 2-4 dispersal in Harrogate of the first part of the library of Robert James Hayhurst may be considered to have done well in achieving a selling rate of 85% at that gathering of Elzevir and other early printed works.

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Three Grand Prix toys on the grid at Brightwells auction

19 April 2019

Detailed down to pneumatic tyres, knock-off hub caps and rack-and-pinion steering, the clockwork toy of Alfa Romeo’s P2, the world-beating racing car between 1924-30, was produced by CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet) from 1924-35.

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Pevsner name builds auction appeal for architectural medallion

19 April 2019

Estimated at just £50-80, an Alice Davis Hitchcock medallion sold for £3000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at a Spink auction in London on April 10.

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Rare Middle Eastern dagger points to a debut auction

19 April 2019

A late 19th century gold bone-handled Arab dagger was hammered down at £4100 at the inaugural sale of Knightsbridge auction house Kings Russell (22% buyer’s premium).

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Great names of design from Ashbee to Dresser draw interest at Edinburgh sale

19 April 2019

Something of a roll call for the great and good across the British 19th-20th century arts scene, Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Decorative Arts: Design Since 1860 sale included such names as George Washington Jack, Sir Alfred Gilbert, Christopher Dresser, William de Morgan and Robert Bartlett.

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Sullivan and Sargent in caricature form

19 April 2019

George Catlin’s watercolour sketches of North American Indians, reported in ATG No 2387, were the star turns as far as original artworks were concerned at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on March 28. However, two original, signed caricatures by Max Beerbohm also brought good results.

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Tracts and pamphlets make a whole £23,500

19 April 2019

A bound volume of early works on a famous automaton chess player, featured in ATG No 2387, was not the only lot in a recent Cumbrian sale to produce a handsome return.

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Trio of clocks that wound up at spring sales

19 April 2019

This trio of clocks – all classic collectors’ pieces – went well above estimate at spring sales.

British and Irish book auctions: April 23-May 4, 2019

19 April 2019

British and Irish book auctions: April 16-27, 2019

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