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

Antique guns

Panorama investigation to focus on antique guns ‘loophole’ ahead of government changes to law

20 August 2018

A BBC Panorama investigation, due to broadcast tonight, details how legal antique guns can be used by criminals who illegally obtain ammunition to commit crime.

Silver box

Silversmith appeals to antiques and jewellery trade to help find stolen silver artwork

20 August 2018

Award-winning designer and silversmith Wayne V Meeten is appealing to the trade to help him find his stolen silver truffle box.

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Vintage camera with rare Ross Xpres lens goes 26-times over estimate in “spectacular” result at Linconshire auction

20 August 2018

A 1940s cine camera estimated at £200-300 was knocked down for £7800 at Batemans Auctions in Lincolnshire earlier this month.

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Pick of the Week: Trinidad painting sails into Cumbrian auction

20 August 2018

A ship painting by the artist regarded as the first great Trinidadian painter, Michel-Jean Cazabon (1813-88), surfaced for sale at Cumbrian auction house PFK earlier this month.

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Leo Kaplan sale tests transatlantic ceramics taste

20 August 2018

After 49 years of trading in Manhattan, ceramics and glass dealer Leo Kaplan Ltd closed its doors earlier this year.

Michael Baggott: record the ivory ban

20 August 2018

Silver dealer Michael Baggott is appealing to the trade to help in the documentation of antique ivory objects after the proposed legislation becomes law.

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Single place left in NAVA’s novice auctioneer event

20 August 2018

Auctioneers with less than 12 months’ selling experience are being urged to apply to enter the NAVA PropertyMark ‘Novice Auctioneer of the Year’ competition.

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Simeon Solomon turns from tragedy to triumph

20 August 2018

Pre-Raphaelite artist shunned and persecuted in his time is now a popular auction choice.

Arts minister Michael Ellis to address arts conference

20 August 2018

The opening speaker at this year’s Art Business Conference in London will be the minister for arts, heritage and tourism, Michael Ellis.

British and Irish book auctions August 21-31, 2018

20 August 2018

Our round-up of British and Irish book salescoming up from August 21-31, 2018.

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Faed feeds into genre theme

20 August 2018

This small scene by Scottish genre painter Thomas Faed (1826-1900) shown below sold for a quadruple-estimate £8500 at Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Why organisers love a waiting list

20 August 2018

Demand for two racecourse fairs in the south stays strong since launch a couple of years ago...

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Rudolf Ernst takes precise view

20 August 2018

Spurred on by Middle Eastern demand, Orientalist art came out top at Christie’s 19th century European & Orientalist Art auction in London.

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John William Waterhouse makes siren call

20 August 2018

Works by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers continued to outperform the rest of the Victorian art market during the latest round of sales in London. Topping the auctions at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s were two ‘jeune fille fatale’ creations by Pre-Raphaelite latecomer, John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).

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Bath event means it’s market day

20 August 2018

The monthly Bath Vintage & Antiques Market at the city’s listed Victorian Green Park Station is now in its seventh year.

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Cornwall fair focus on family appeal

20 August 2018

As well as 150 inside stands and up to a few hundred outside, plenty more is in the mix at the Antique Fairs Cornwall event over the August Bank Holiday weekend at the Wadebridge Showground in north Cornwall.

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York greets card dealers

20 August 2018

The annual two-day York Card Expo International at York Racecourse, which runs this year on Friday and Saturday, August 31-September 1, is now in its 29th year.

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A £7500 toast to the Dutch East India Company

20 August 2018

A valuation day find for Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium), this Dutch-engraved East India Company baluster goblet c.1760, took a multi-estimate £7500 in Evesham.

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Obituary: Craig McGivern (1971-2018)

20 August 2018

Craig was in the trade for nearly 30 years. He was an expert on jewellery and had a passion for natural history and all manner of curiosities. Dealers and auctioneers would often ask for advice when faced with a mystery object and he had an uncanny ability to come up with the answer.

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Stuart Devlin collection at Surrey sale

20 August 2018

When it comes to auctions of Stuart Devlin silver, a very good market test is coming up soon. Catherine Southon’s October 3 sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club in Selsdon, Surrey, offers a single-owner collection.

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