Art Market


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Faces from Cecil Beaton’s book of the beautiful people

01 June 2020

Turning heads at Bonhams Knightsbridge’s sale of Modern British art was a group of 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80) which formed part of the photographer’s 'The Book of Beauty' published in 1930.

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Happy returns for John Minton bankside scene

01 June 2020

Work on paper outperforms more traditional works at Bonhams Knightsbridge lockdown sale of Modern British art

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Lockdown period leads to increased number of first-time bidders

25 May 2020

The migration to online sales that has occurred during the lockdown has brought about some noticeable changes to the art market. These include, not least, the profile of buyers at auctions.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1400 including a Pierre de Clausades landscape

25 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a landscape by French artist Pierre de Clausades that sold over estimate.

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Buyer tracks down a Lely lookalike

25 May 2020

This portrait that emerged at the March 18 auction at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury appears to be closely based on Sir Peter Lely’s (1618-80) portrait of Mary II as a young girl that now resides in the Royal Collection.

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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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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1000 including a Vladimir Polunin stage design

18 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a pencil and watercolour by Russian artist Vladimir Polunin.

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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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Chiswick Auctions’ art sale lifted by two consignments from artists' estates

11 May 2020

Two consignments of works directly from artists' estates added a distinctive flavour to Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern & Post-War British Art sale.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £1500 including a Frank O Salisbury portrait

04 May 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Frank O Salisbury portrait.

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Auction house reports boost for less familiar names as bidders scan catalogues in detail

04 May 2020

One of the side-effects for the art market of being in a lockdown is that people have more time to discover works that they might have otherwise missed or overlooked.

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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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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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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.

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Here’s the real Samuel Palmer…

20 April 2020

Samuel Palmer (1805-81) prints are not unusual on the market but one of two that were offered as a single lot at Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham carried an interesting inscription by the artist’s son, AH Palmer.

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Bloomsbury bohemian rhapsody as Vanessa Bell paintings emerge in Dorchester

20 April 2020

The bohemian lives of the Bloomsbury Group of artists have long been a source of fascination for the British public.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £800 including a Brangwyn and Urushibara woodcut

20 April 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Brangwyn and Urushibara woodcut

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The sun never sets on Sir Kyffin

13 April 2020

Giant of the Welsh art market takes the limelight with an intriguing yellow-infused work

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Rembrandt etching not frowned on in saleroom

13 April 2020

Self-portraits are among the earliest prints that Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) made, accounting for a large portion of his etching output when he was in his 20s and living in Leiden.

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