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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Sporting art collectors take to the field again

27 January 2020

Hopes are high that the market for traditional British sporting paintings could experience a boost in demand after a single-owner collection racked up over £2m at auction in London.

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‘Frost Fair’ broadsides: souvenir of a frozen Thames

27 January 2020

Two ‘Frost Fair’ broadsides printed at one of the many stalls set up on the Thames during a hard 18th century winter in which London’s river froze over were sold in a recent sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium).

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Expanding dining table, candelabra and Chinese export cabinets lead a fine start in Salisbury

27 January 2020

A trio of five-figure offerings got Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) off to a great start for 2020.

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Charmed by Spetchley Park: rock crystal pendant soars to 70-times estimate at Sotheby's

27 January 2020

This intriguing rock crystal pendant may have been used as a ‘charmstone’. It follows the same form as the famous Glenorchy Charmstone in the National Museums of Scotland and may too have once adorned an early reliquary.

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Career of Fred Yates in full focus at Mayfair show

27 January 2020

Among the oils on offer at the John Martin show on Fred Yates (1922-2008) is 'The Blizzard' (2007-8), a thickly painted scene of a street in Manchester.

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Private buyers snap up collectables at Woolley & Wallis

27 January 2020

A trio of pure collectables picked up by UK privates bidders at the Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) auction in Salisbury on January 8.

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Pop Up Vintage Fairs launch new Islington event

27 January 2020

Another new fair launch, this time from Pop Up Vintage Fairs.

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Pick of the week: Rusty Scottish Highland sword makes £30,000

27 January 2020

Claymores (the word comes from the Scottish Gaelic claidheamh-mor meaning ‘great sword’) were the weapon of choice in the ongoing warfare between Highland clans and border skirmishes with the English from c.1400-1700.

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The dog found in an attic: Charterhouse sells Maud Earl painting

27 January 2020

Found in the roof space of a Devon cottage, an oil painting of a pointer dog in an open field sold for £3400 at Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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Four cameo and intaglio rings indicating glyphic art is now at the cutting edge of fashion

27 January 2020

Glyphic art was one of the success stories of 2019. The return to collecting fashion of this once dusty academic field is bringing more hardstone gems to the market.

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Dead pheasant study attributed to Turner draws interest at Perth auction house

27 January 2020

A watercolour study of a dead pheasant attributed to JMW Turner (1775-1851) was taken to £14,000 at a Scottish auction house.

Rose & Brown back in town

27 January 2020

In West Yorkshire this weekend, Rose & Brown Vintage will occupy the atmospheric setting of Sunny Bank Mills, near Leeds, built in 1829 and disused as a textile mill since the mid-20th century.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £1500 or under including a John Cyril Harrison watercolour

27 January 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a John Cyril Harrison watercolour.

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Sheffield fleamarket thrives on extra buzz

27 January 2020

The Sheffield Antiques Quarter’s popular monthly community 60-trader antiques and vintage fleamarket at the 1920s-built Abbeydale Picture House will have an added buzz this year.

British and Irish book auctions: January 28-February 13, 2020

27 January 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Hemswell Antique Centres in Lincolnshire gives its dealers a helping hand to go digital

27 January 2020

On first appearance, Hemswell Antique Centres is your traditional dealer collective, only with more space and dealers than any other centre in Europe.

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The web shop window: Viktoria Gorynska self portrait

27 January 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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Lucie Rie bowl, LS Lowry lithograph and a Native American chest – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

24 January 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Lucie Rie bowl that sold for over five times estimate and a rare Native American cedar chest that made over 35-times estimate.

‘The Mill, Pendlebury’ by LS Lowry

Medical researcher’s mill scene by LS Lowry sells for £2.2m at Christie’s

24 January 2020

A painting by LS Lowry (1887-1976) that had never before been seen in public led Christie’s Modern British art evening sale in London on January 21.

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Stolen Afghan sculpture to return home after being spotted at UK auction

21 January 2020

An Afghan limestone sculpture believed to have been stolen during the Afghan civil war (1992-94), when Kabul was besieged, surfaced at an auction house in the UK last year.

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