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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A collection to fire the imagination

04 May 2020

Norfolk auction house sells 11 guns with provenance to one of the most renowned enthusiasts

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Obituary: dealer Michael Fenn

04 May 2020

Michael Fenn was born on November 5, 1941, in Petts Wood, Kent, and died on Sunday, April 19, this year.

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Print fair joins the online revolution to display works during lockdown

04 May 2020

The 'London Original Print Fair' (LOPF) is one of the many dealer events moving online as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

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Bellany results remain buoyant

04 May 2020

Works by the prolific John Bellany (1942-2013) appear regularly at auction, with small drawings often available for hundreds of pounds, but the larger and vigorously coloured figurative oils generally make many thousands.

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Plea to help find photographica collection put together over 45 years but now stolen

02 May 2020

A collection of cameras, photographs and accessories put together by a private collector for more than 45 years has been stolen from a storage unit in north London.

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Urban artist creates new painting to raise money for NHS at Forum Auctions

01 May 2020

Forum Auctions is hosting a single-lot live online-only sale to raise money for the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

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Christopher Dresser vase, Live Aid poster and photographs of the Queen are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

01 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes an original poster of Live Aid from 1985 that made nearly 10-times over estimate.

‘Only a Shower’ by Charles Burton Barber

Bonhams’ revised sale schedule includes host of art and antiques auctions in London

30 April 2020

Bonhams has announced a revised sale schedule for May and June in UK, US, Hong Kong and Australia.

‘The Black Lion’ by Hugh Cronyn

Auction record for Hugh Cronyn as Chiswick’s sale goes local

29 April 2020

A group of works by the versatile Canadian-British painter Hugh Cronyn (1905-1996) came from the artist’s estate to Chiswick Auctions’ latest art sale.

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Chance to record with Sting, have a coffee with Hillary Clinton or a Shakespearian acting lesson with Sir Patrick Stewart: all up for grabs at charity auction

28 April 2020

Sotheby’s and Google will auction star-studded experiences to raise money for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Auction calendar begins revival via the virtual rostrum

27 April 2020

After a month’s hiatus, a number of top-tier regional auction houses are returning to the rostrum to conduct ‘live online’ sales.

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Pick of the week: Tiffany ‘orchidomania’ returns with auction of tiger orchid brooch

27 April 2020

Of all the sensational jewellery displayed by Tiffany at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle the most memorable was a group of 24 enamelled orchid brooches.

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Edward the Martyr penny found in ‘remarkable condition’ sells at DNW

27 April 2020

A silver penny of the boy king Edward the Martyr – the teenager who ruled Saxon Britain in the 10th century and was later venerated as a saint – has sold to a UK collector for £9000 at Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Covent Garden during the time of Cromwell among lots to be offered at Sotheby's online auction

27 April 2020

Following the success of the dedicated online sale of works from the collection of Old Masters dealer Rafael Valls, which more than tripled the high estimate to gross £1.6m (see Art Market in this issue), Sotheby’s will conduct its mid-season sale of Old Masters as an online event.

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Sotheby’s online-only sale of works from Rafael Valls yields benefits to both auctioneer and dealer

27 April 2020

The London auction house holds its first online-only sale dedicated to a single dealer

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Sharp eyes spot top blade at Grantham auction

27 April 2020

Ken tanto, distinguished by double-edged blades, are one of the rarer styles of Japanese sword. Most were made as Buddhist ritual implements rather than weapons and are decorated accordingly.

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The Dutch kids are all right: child portraits continue to bring demand

27 April 2020

Unlike in other parts of Europe where portraits of children were a rare phenomenon, the Dutch Republic experienced a rapid increase in this genre of painting between 1500-1700.

Be alert to money laundering activity during lockdown says HMRC

27 April 2020

HMRC has warned the art market to be on alert for money laundering attempts during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Elvis Presley debut single, a Chinese vase and a Victorian snuff box are among five lots to watch at auction this week

27 April 2020

With estimates from £200-1000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Summers Place Auctions' last-minute decision to take remote bids only pays off

27 April 2020

The sale at garden statuary specialist Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst on March 24 (the day after lockdown) was among the first conducted under new government restrictions on social distancing.

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