We’re excited to announce that three of the UK’s leading auction bidding platforms are to merge - creating the UK’s second largest auction platform.
UKAuctioneers.com, BidonThis.co.uk and TheAuctionRoom.com are joining forces to provide UK Auction Houses across all market sectors with a low-cost solution for bringing internet bidders from worldwide into their salerooms.
The merged businesses represent a buyer database of over 260,000 antique, art, commercial and trade buyers – easily making them the second largest platform in the UK market, and the only online auction company worldwide to take payment for goods as the hammer drops.
The key motivation for this merger is to bring together a big qualified market for both Auction Houses and buyers. The three businesses have a reputation for a stellar service at a competitive market price.
The Titanic set sail from Southampton at 12pm on 10th April 1912, and via Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, was due to arrive in New York on 17 April. 400 miles off the Newfoundland coast, at 11.40pm (ship's time), the Titanic hit an iceberg, four days into her journey. Two hours and forty minutes later the ship had sunk with over half of her passengers and crew still aboard.
Coming up at Vectis Auctions on the 10th of July are 76 lots from The Gary & Joyce Rice Collection. The sale contains many sports, TV & Film personalities, plus comedians, entertainers, soap stars and stars from musical theatre including Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, and Charlton Heston, plus Bruce Forsyth, The Goodies and the Fawlty Towers cast; and many photographs and postcards from actors and actresses from Hollywood’s 'Golden Era'.
Mark Brazier-Jones (b.1956) is an internationally celebrated artist, master furniture and lighting designer and engineer, who cut his teeth working in the 1970s and 1980s on music sets for Duran Duran, Elton John and David Bowie.
The Russian Art Sale coming up at Christie’s includes some wonderful Folk Art paintings in pencil and Gouache by primitive Ukranian artist Maria Prymachenko (1909 -1997), whose work is becoming increasingly collectable. These brightly coloured images date from the around 1940 have been owned by the same family since that time.
The second “Conversation Pieces” live auction took place on Tuesday, 20th March at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, Sussex and the sealed bid part closed on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.
The top lot in the live auction were the monumental bronze lions after Sir Edwin Landseer which sold for £100,000 (hammer, £127,000 including premium and VAT) at top estimate. They were copied from the famous Trafalgar Square lions in the late 20th century for Camden Lock Market.
Anybody that likes Decorative antiques will have an appreciation for Asian art, whether it’s a bronze Buddha, a Chinese lacquered box or a piece of embroidery depicting parrots and peacocks! However, if Fashion is more your thing, and there’s nothing more you enjoy than getting kitted out head to toe in real Vintage – then you’re in luck, as Ewbank’s – Surrey’s leading auction house – has all of this and more going under the hammer on the same day.
Boys of all ages were united with the ‘toys’ of their collecting dreams in a recent three-day sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries. Here are a couple of highlights from the Raymond Stacey Collection – one of the nest and most comprehensive collections of early mechanical music and penny-in- the-slot amusement arcade machines to come to market in recent times.
This amazing watercolour by the renowned designer Charles Voysey is coming up for sale on Thursday 12th April at Lawrences in Crewkerne, Somerset. Voysey’s ‘The River Rug’ design dates from 1903 and was produced at Wilton in Wiltshire – the rug itself is now in the collection of the V&A.
The first Kerry Taylor auction of 2018 was a huge success. This bumper sale included over 500 lots of vintage fashion, antique costume and textiles, with strong bidding take place online from around the world and in their saleroom in London.
Chorley’s forthcoming sale, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March, offers an important private collection of Republican-era porcelain. The highlight will be a set of four rectangular porcelain plaques by Bi Botao (1885-1961) representing the four seasons. Bi Botao was a member of the well-known group ‘The Eight Friends of Zhushan’.