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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Trains Galore auction steams into Newbury saleroom

14 December 2019

Special Auction Services is bringing railway fans its annual Trains Galore two-day auction of more than 1000 lots.

Hans Coper 'Cycladic' vessel

17th century silver candlesticks, Louis Vuitton trunk and a Hans Coper vase – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

13 December 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Hans Coper 'Cycladic' vessel and a Louis Vuitton Explorer trunk that both sold above predictions.

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Jeremy Lamond conducts last sale at Halls

12 December 2019

Jeremy Lamond’s final auction as Halls’ fine art director took place this week with the annual Christmas sale in Shrewsbury.

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Sotheby’s wins court case over a disputed €10m ‘Frans Hals’ painting

11 December 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has won its case against the former business partner of Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss over a Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting that Sotheby’s now deems is a fake.

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Old Master’s new look: Met Museum pays €5m after X-ray reveals the original work

09 December 2019

In the third multi-million-pound sale this year of a rediscovered Old Master at a provincial French auction house, a late Gothic panel offered at Cortot & Associés of Dijon brought a dramatic competition late last month.

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Pick of the week: Corking silver piece of Irish rebel memorabilia

09 December 2019

This rare piece of Cork silver of Irish Republican interest sold for £4000 (plus 23% premium) at Sworders latest sale.

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Daoguang vase up to the mark after lengthy bidding battle

09 December 2019

After a 17-minute bidding battle, a Chinese blue and white bottle vase with a Daoguang (1820-50) six-character seal mark was hammered down for £270,000 at Gorringe’s in Lewes, East Sussex.

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Miracles of Saint Clare lift Old Masters series

09 December 2019

Two recently restituted panels by Sienese artist Giovanni di Paolo (c.1399-1482) lifted the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.

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Napoleon’s boots march out of auction with €91,000 bid

09 December 2019

A pair of boots owned by Napoleon which were worn by him during his exile on the island of St Helena have been sold at auction in France.

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A model First World War tank, rare 'soldier' teddy bears and Indian mutiny medal – five lots to watch at auction this week

09 December 2019

With estimates from £200-20,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Battle scene panels beat estimate at Fonsie Mealy

09 December 2019

Consigned from a scholarly collector in New Zealand, a pair of relief-carved ivory panels was the among the highlights of Fonsie Mealy’s (22% buyer’s premium inc VAT) Castlecomer sale on November 26.

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Sale serves up a moveable feast

09 December 2019

Copy of only the fourth book to be printed using the new types comes to auction

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Bid Barometer: issue 2421

09 December 2019

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period November 28-December 4, 2019. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Fine Finnish: Aalto in Hull

09 December 2019

Rising in inverse ratio to the decline in classic English furniture has been the interest in 20th century design pieces such as the silver birch table and four chairs sold at Spicers (20% buyer’s premium) in Driffield on November 29.

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Good resort result for travel poster in Penzance

09 December 2019

A collection of vintage travel posters included a number with the added advantage of local appeal when offered by Penzance auction house David Lay (18% buyer’s premium).

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Portrait of mystery rich lady

09 December 2019

This portrait by Nicolas Régnier (1588-1657) of a richly attired lady possibly depicts Maria Farnese and appears to have been executed when the artist was in Modena where he painted several portraits of members of the d’Este court.

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Bus toys take the saleroom route

09 December 2019

Part toy, part biscuit tin, the crossover appeal of a 1929 Huntley & Palmers product helped it to star at Hansons’ (20% buyer’s premium) five-day 2100-lot marathon antiques and collectors sale.

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Rare offering of fountain pens draws bidders in Cornwall

09 December 2019

In a large collection of fountain pens offered at Cornish auction house Barbara Kirk (15% buyer’s premium) most well-known makers were represented, but among the rarer ones were no fewer than 19 by the Italian manufacturer Omas.

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Robert Bevan's horse-drawn cab painting hailed by bidders at London's Mod Brit series

09 December 2019

A Post-Impressionist painting of a horse-drawn hansom cab by Robert Bevan (1865-1925) was one of the headline lots at the Modern British art sales in London.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2250 including a John Piper church screen print

09 December 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a John Piper church screen print.

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