UK

The United Kingdom accounts for more than one fifth of the global art market sales and is the second biggest art market after the US.

Through auctioneers, dealers, fairs and markets - and a burgeoning online sector - buyers, collectors and sellers of art and antiques can easily access a vibrant network of intermediaries and events around the country. The UK's museums also house a wealth of impressive collections

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EM Forster portrait sets auction record for Fry

06 July 2020

Providing a major boost to Bonhams’ first sale in London with room bidding since the lockdown, a portrait of the writer EM Forster by Roger Fry (1866-1934) set an auction record both for the artist and any Bloomsbury Group picture.

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IACF hails success at Newark as fairs go back to business

06 July 2020

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) kicked off its return to business with its first event after lockdown.

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Elmwood’s opens Notting Hill office

06 July 2020

Jewellery auction house Elmwood’s has opened a new office in London and hired two new staff as business begins to return to normal after the lockdown.

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Francis Bacon stars at Sotheby's in the first summer ‘super sale’

06 July 2020

Sotheby’s held the first of this summer’s ‘super sales’ last week as it combined a series of three Modern and Contemporary art auctions into a marathon four-and-a-half hour live-streamed event.

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Pick of the week: New peak for Wainwright as sketch of the fells climbs to £10,200 record

06 July 2020

A record price of £10,200 was paid last month for a pen and ink sketch by fell-walking legend Alfred Wainwright at 1818 Auctioneers of Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Ericsson ‘grinder’ telephone dials in at £10,500

06 July 2020

Estimated at just £60-80, a rare Ericsson telephone sold for £10,500 (plus 17% buyer’s premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham.

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Birmingham’s brave new world

06 July 2020

Triannual 'Art & Antiques for Everyone' fair follows the online model for now ahead of scheduled November live event

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The web shop window: 18th century oil painting of Parliament

06 July 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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A copy of the first published comic and an Arts & Crafts crucifix are among six lots to watch at auction this week

06 July 2020

With estimates from £400-8000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

British and Irish book auctions: July 7-23, 2020

06 July 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 7-23, 2020.

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Watch sounds the alarm for the first time

06 July 2020

Not to be confused with the modern reissues, the original Vulcain Cricket was marketed in 1947 as the world’s first wristwatch with an alarm.

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British craftsman Peter Collingwood weaves his magic at auction

06 July 2020

Topping the Mid-Century Design sale held by Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, was a trademark work by Peter Collingwood (1922-2008) – the British craftsman at the forefront of weaving for 50 years.

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5 Questions: bookseller John Martin of Mayfly Ephemera

06 July 2020

Dealer John Martin runs Mayfly Ephemera. Available via ebay and on the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) website.

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German artist's view of Oxford from afar brings bidding at Sherborne sale

06 July 2020

The German-born watercolourist and musician John Baptist Malchair (c.1730-1812) was a key figure in 18th century Oxford.

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Celebrate a ruby anniversary

06 July 2020

'Still Life with Red Chrysanthemums' is among the works featured at The Fosse Gallery in Stow on the Wold as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. It was painted by Bristol artist Karen Edwards, a regular exhibitor at the now historic gallery.

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Album of watercolours sold for £52,000 shows view of sailors greeting friendly natives

06 July 2020

Presenting some 434 lots and with a total not far short of £1m, a recent sale held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) included a rich enough string of successes to outshine a few of the more highly valued lots left unsold.

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Local scenes lift Cornish art offered in Penzance

06 July 2020

As might be expected, local scenes were an important feature of David Lay’s Cornish art sale on June 11. Among them was a view of Penzance’s Market Jew Street by Norman Garstin (1847-1926) that depicted a location only a 10-minute walk from the saleroom.

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Business brisk as Swallow flies back

06 July 2020

The appetite people have for the return of fairs and markets is summed up by Alice Roberton from Arthur Swallow Fairs talking about the specially adapted, fully outdoor Covid-19 antiques and salvage market on Saturday, June 27.

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Squirrels taxidermy diorama is a big deal

06 July 2020

The 252-lot Natural History and Taxidermy auction at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on June 19 included this Victorian anthropomorphic diorama of card-playing, cigar-smoking red squirrels, c.1870-1900.

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Dealer delights from the London Silver Vaults and beyond

06 July 2020

It has been an undeniably difficult few months for antiques dealers with shops and centres shuttered and fairs cancelled. However, online events such as the recent ‘virtual’ 'Masterpiece' fair have helped generate some business, and many shops are now open under the usual restrictions.

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