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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Bid barometer

20 October 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period October 4-11, 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Five choice objects up for auction in Islamic Week

19 October 2018

The biannual series of Islamic and Indian art auctions held in April and October offers a wide range of art and artefacts celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Middle East and the subcontinent. This year’s ‘Islamic Week’, running from October 22-26, includes sales from five auction houses, highlights of which are pictured below.

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Hammer highlights: five lots that caught bidders’ eyes including a Japanese sleeper and an Irish stag skull

19 October 2018

Sleepers and stag skulls were among ATG’s selection of highlights that sold at auctions this week.

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Five top picture lots from Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House auction

18 October 2018

Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House sale offered some notable lots across different categories, not least a prize collection of Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre and a series of valuable bronze sculptures. But the 182 pictures in the consignment also formed a key part of the auction.

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Letters from Japan by 'father of studio pottery' Bernard Leach sell at Somerset auction to a Surrey museum

18 October 2018

An archive of letters by leading studio pottery maker Bernard Leach (1887-1979) has been bought at auction by a museum which holds the largest collection of his material in the country.

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Auction house Christie’s criticised by Advertising Standards Authority over ‘misleading’ advert

17 October 2018

An investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found that a Christie’s auction advert was ‘misleading’ in relation to the notification of fees such as buyer’s premium.

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Boris Karloff The Mummy 1932 film poster could set world auction record in Sotheby's online sale

16 October 2018

A film poster tagline of ‘Pratt the uncanny in The Mummy’ wouldn’t have been anywhere near as scary as ‘Karloff the uncanny in The Mummy’.

‘Big Top’ lots: Four circus-related collectables up for sale this autumn

16 October 2018

It is not often that you get the chance to bid for your very own circus. But auction house Roseberys is offering just that. A handmade model of a circus is among the remarkable circus-related items up at auction this autumn. Here ATG selects four highlights.

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Cambridge saleroom Cheffins says strong prices have inspired a specialist jewellery, silver and watches biannual auction

16 October 2018

Strong prices at auction for jewellery, silver and watches have tempted Cambridge saleroom Cheffins to launch a specialist sale dedicated to such items.

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Five musical options in tune at auctions in the UK and US

15 October 2018

Five auctions coming up featuring lots on a musical theme.

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Five auctions to watch this week (October 15-21 2018)

15 October 2018

From an Armada table to a Titanic return poster, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Buyers check out a Czech artist

15 October 2018

Earlier this year, the Paris auction house Artcurial sold an exceptional collection of Impressionist and Cubist works by the influential Czech avant-garde artist Otakar Kubin (1883-1969).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

15 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Signature of John Sell Cotman is key note to £20,000 result

15 October 2018

This watercolour bearing the signature of Norwich School artist John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) attracted a flurry of bids when it went under the hammer in Nottingham.

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Gertler ‘East Ender’ portrait sells up north

15 October 2018

Renowned today for his fusion of Post- Impressionism and eastern European folk-art, the Jewish painter Mark Gertler (1891-1939) was inspired at the outset of his career by the northern and early-Italian Renaissance masters.

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The story of a real ‘fairy tale’

15 October 2018

It may seem hard to credit nowadays, but photographs of fairies at the bottom of the Cottingley (Yorkshire) garden of two young girls, produced in 1917 as a practical joke, were taken to be genuine by many people – most famously, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Coaches trot into saleroom

15 October 2018

Distinctly patriotic in nature, stage and mail coach depictions started c.1815, reaching peak popularity in the later 1820s with the artist James Pollard (1792-1867).

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Manuscript’s sale magic

15 October 2018

Brought into a West Sussex saleroom some months ago, a manuscript grimoire, or collection of magic spells, invocations and more practical advice on ailments and aspirations, offered quite a challenge to the cataloguer.

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An array of accessible antiquities

15 October 2018

Headlines about antiquities today usually follow two paths: either highlighting the issue of looting or focusing on the huge sums treasures of the ancient world can command.

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Pick of the week: Pilkington’s pride of place

15 October 2018

A private collection of more than 30 pieces of Pilkington’s Lancastrian lustre excelled when offered at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on October 10.

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