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

Henrietta Lacks sculpture

Public sculptures recorded for first time in new art project

02 July 2022

Art education charity Art UK has been working on digitally recording all public artworks in the UK.

Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud leads London sales at £37.5m

01 July 2022

A Francis Bacon portrait of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud topped the latest series of Modern and Contemporary auctions in London.

Hollow Form with White Interior by Barbara Hepworth

Unique wooden sculpture sets auction record for Barbara Hepworth at Christie’s

30 June 2022

A series of high sums for works in different media by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) demonstrated the steadily growing appetite and prices for the artist.

Bruno Vinciguerra and Arnaud Cornette

Bonhams steps up European expansion with French auction house purchase

29 June 2022

Bonhams has bought its fourth auction house this year: Cornette de Saint Cyr with salerooms in Paris and Belgium.

Jewellery team

New faces and galleries – a round up of new hires and developments across the art and antiques sector

28 June 2022

An expanding jewellery team in Staffordshire and a new London managing director for a US auction house feature in our latest round-up of industry news.

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Pick of the week: Bidders take rare chance to dine with Pugin and Minton

27 June 2022

Two plates from a Minton dinner service designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for his personal use appeared for sale in Derbyshire last week.

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Early trading brings brisk sales at TEFAF

27 June 2022

The TEFAF Maastricht fair opened with a raft of high-value sales last week.

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Museums make 300 new purchases thanks to Art Fund

27 June 2022

Close to 300 objects and works of art found permanent homes in UK museums and galleries thanks to contributions from the Art Fund charity, a new report reveals.

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‘Fabric mosaic’ and Charles II furniture are among six lots to watch

27 June 2022

With estimates from £300-120,000, here are six previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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News in brief – including the auction of an Antiques Roadshow specialist’s extensive collection

27 June 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the sale of ceramics and collector’s curiosities from David Battie's collection at Tennants.

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Decision to use Oxfordshire house for viewing pays off with some strong results

27 June 2022

The tills are ringing once more at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium). Under the ownership of the Gurr Johns group, the Newbury firm sold by Stanley Gibbons for £1.25m in 2017 has received a welcome shot in the arm.

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Logbook records bravery of a top RAF fighter pilot

27 June 2022

The highlight of a Cornish auction on June 10 was an RAF logbook from Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Flying Officer Arthur Peter Pease (1913-40).

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Leica: 225 is the magic number

27 June 2022

The Leica I debuted at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair at a time when it was still common for glass plates to be used in cameras.

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See the one that got away on sale day at a weighty £17,000

27 June 2022

This impressive carved and painted wooden half-block model of a salmon measures an impressive 4ft 10in (1.48m) across.

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A Bright idea for a new museum

27 June 2022

After 50 years of buying at markets and shops, Oscar winner opens new venue to the public.

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Raise your glass to John Nash

27 June 2022

Recent biography, major show and strong auction prices suggest younger Nash is on the rise.

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Cygnus takes flight in Berwick

27 June 2022

Named after the Cygnus swan constellation on the Milky Way with a nod to the White Swan Inn nearby, a shop in Berwick-on-Tweed is certainly looking starry since it opened in mid-June.

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Doggett record broken twice

27 June 2022

Demand continues to grow for works by Modern British artist Ruth Doggett (1881-1974) after her auction record was broken twice in the same auction.

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Only here for the Beer – and antiques

27 June 2022

A jewellery dealer with years of experience honed at Portobello, Greenwich and Covent Garden markets now owns a busy antiques shop in east Devon.

British and Irish book auctions: June 28-July 14, 2022

27 June 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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