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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Take a look at the bigger picture

18 May 2020

Auctions may be down in number but pre-lockdown sales provided some positive market signs

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Bidders back a local artist in Cumbria

18 May 2020

Seven lots by celebrated local artist Percy Kelly (1918-93) put in a decent performance at the most recent Antiques & Fine Art sale held by Cumbrian saleroom Mitchells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Huge ornamental screen sells at salvage dealer's retirement auction

18 May 2020

The team at antiques dealership Robert Mills Architectural spent decades salvaging items from closed-down churches, banks, mansions and pubs.

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William and Mary longcase clock strikes the right notes at Tennants

18 May 2020

Results from two salerooms including an £18,000 longcase reflect strong demand

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Sir Oswald Birley's sensitive not stern portrait of father

18 May 2020

Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952) is among the artists most represented in UK public collections. Art UK records 173 works in national museums and institutions, National Trust properties and local museums.

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Children’s author gets sale off to flying start

18 May 2020

The name of the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001) may not be as familiar in the UK as that of many other creators of children’s favourites.

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Schneider brothers take a peek into royal palaces

18 May 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists.

‘Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F')

Christie’s launches major cross-continental Modern art sale using live streaming with bidders in the room where permitted

15 May 2020

Christie’s is launching a new sale-format for a major 20th century art auction in July.

Svend Hammershoi silver vase

Scandinavian silver vase and coins for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

15 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a full proof set of coins issued by the Royal Mint for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and a silver vase from c. 1920 marked for prize-winning designers Svend Hammershoi and Holger Kyster.

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Auction houses and art and antiques dealers to open premises in June

13 May 2020

A government department has confirmed to ATG that auction houses in England will be able to open to the public in June and conduct home valuations, as long as social distancing and the latest government guidelines are met.

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More auction houses return to rostrum with online-only sales

13 May 2020

Lots Road Auctions, The Canterbury Auction Galleries and Bishop & Miller are among the latest auction houses to plan a return to the rostrum and hold live online only sales.

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Management reorganisation in Kent and new hires in Surrey and Yorkshire  – auction house Movers and Shakers

13 May 2020

The latest appointments around the regional UK auction houses this month.

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Employee furlough extended until the autumn to support economy

12 May 2020

The government scheme to pay wages of workers during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until October.

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Latest government guidance sketches out possible way forward for art and antiques firms

12 May 2020

A 50-page document detailing the steps the government is taking to return some businesses in England to operation and ease some of the current lockdown was published on Monday May 11.

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Auction houses and dealers raise thousands for NHS charities

11 May 2020

Recent timed online sales organised by regional auction houses and dealers to raise money for charity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic have raised more than £42,000 so far.

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Figures support optimism on antiques exports

11 May 2020

The art and antiques sector could benefit from a boost by the UK government after the coronavirus pandemic when the focus shifts to growing international trade.

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Cain Hoy porcelain: number of known survivors grows to 11 as tea bowl and saucer emerge at Adam Partridge

11 May 2020

More previously unrecorded porcelain attributed to the John Bartlam factory of Cain Hoy, South Carolina, has emerged for sale in the UK.

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Exports: rising costs and licensing hitch highlight short-term challenges

11 May 2020

International exports are predicted to return to growth following the easing of the lockdown in the UK. However, current art and antiques exports have slowed to a trickle.

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Fake Sumerian cuneiform tablets seized at airport

11 May 2020

A group of smuggled Mesopotamian ‘antiquities’ destined for collectors in the UK was discovered to be fake and seized by Border Force.

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Four 18th century drinking glasses coming up for auction this month

11 May 2020

A selection of four 18th century drinking glasses appearing at auctions in May 2020.

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