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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At IACF Ardingly, sellers and buyers beat the Brexit and winter blues

18 January 2019

As momentous parliamentary debates on future trade relations with the EU raged in London, cross-border business went on regardless at IACF Ardingly in West Sussex this week.

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Defra issues import and export warning for CITES-listed natural history specimens in the event of a No deal Brexit

17 January 2019

CITES-listed natural history specimens will no longer be able to pass through Dover or the Eurotunnel in the event of a No deal Brexit, the government has warned.

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Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

16 January 2019

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

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Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments including at Bonhams in London and at Christie’s France

15 January 2019

A trio of hires for Bonhams as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September 2018.

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Government issues export bar for 18th century harpsichord in hope of finding UK buyer

15 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting the instrument by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Marilyn Monroe diamond dust pop art picture sells at Mayfair art and antiques fair

14 January 2019

An image of Marilyn Monroe covered in diamond dust by pop art legend Peter Blake was one of the stand-out sales at the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

Natural history specimens: Article 10 numbers now essential in catalogue descriptions

14 January 2019

New rules are now in force regarding the sale of those natural history specimens that require Article 10 certificates.

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Auction house Keys plans for future after split from parent company

14 January 2019

Norfolk auction house Keys has marked the end of its 65th year in business by gaining independence from its estate agency parent company.

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Twin touches of early glass shine in the regions

14 January 2019

Serendipity had it that two important, but scantily catalogued, lots of European glass emerged for sale in the south of England in early January.

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Trade associations to mount survey on financial impact of ivory ban

14 January 2019

Art market trade bodies are commissioning a survey to assess the potential financial impact on buyers, sellers and collectors of antique ivory of a law that will usher in a near-total ban on the UK ivory trade.

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Obituary: Edward Burd (1938-2018)

14 January 2019

Edward Burd, who died in October, was a well-known dealer in English dial and wall clocks who was active on the provincial English antiques fair circuit.

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Burne-Jones stars at auction as first major London exhibition for over four decades opens

14 January 2019

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) was the toast of London during the latest Victorian art sales held in the capital, where buyers continued to covet blue-chip Pre-Raphaelite art, market-fresh material – and invest in female names.

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It’s time for a clock and watch fair venue change

14 January 2019

Time has moved on for events at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull organised by Liz and Carl Barnes of Time Fairs.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

14 January 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Moonlight artist John Atkinson Grimshaw in the spotlight

14 January 2019

A trademark nocturnal scene by Victorian painter John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) got away on low estimate for £80,000 at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Haslemere in Surrey.

British and Irish book auctions: January 15-31, 2019

14 January 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 15-31, 2019.

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The worth of Wealth of Nations

14 January 2019

Adam Smith’s own copy bearing his simple bookplate makes £750,000 in London auction.

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Pottery’s equal opportunities: Modern ceramics is a collecting field ahead of the game when it comes to female talent

14 January 2019

The drive by, among others, the Royal Academy and the National Gallery to promote women’s importance in art would have required little effort had campaigners looked at the world of modern ceramics.

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Highlights of New York drawings auctions include single-owner lots with provenance to Dutch king

14 January 2019

For many years New York’s major salerooms mounted auction series of Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture in the first months of the year immediately following their Americana series.

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Barlow sisters on the ball for rare Doulton Lambeth vasel

14 January 2019

Among the first women potters recognised by the public as individual designers worthy of collecting were Hannah Barlow (1851-1916) and her sister Florence. The first women artists at Doulton’s Lambeth factory, they joined in 1871 and 1873 respectively.

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