This year has been a weird and wonderful one for the antiques world. We’ve all seen a massive downturn in the economy but we’ve also had proof at Antiques.co.uk that if there are hidden gems to be found, there are buyers willing to find them and indeed buy them! Last month Antiques.co.uk saw 40,000 new unique visitors to the site, a 25% increase upon last month, including an increasing number of overseas visitors, especially from the US. So make sure your items are there to be found at our 24 / 7 global marketplace this Christmas.
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Old Masters still hard at work this Christmas
While economists are saying people aren’t spending and purse strings are being tightened, the London auction rooms told a different story last week. In a climate that has seen a downturn in auction house sales the Old Masters seem to be providing a welcome ray of sunlight, proving that buyers are still spending – albeit making sure that their money has a guaranteed chance of growth. Some eye-catching amounts were recorded at Christies and Sotheby’s as well as some significant lots.
Portrait of a lady as Flora
At Christies one lot in particular, a Giambattista Tiepolo portrait of a lady as the goddess Flora, was up for auction after being rediscovered in an attic of a family château. Its exceptional condition promoted a telephone battle for the estimated £700,000-£900,000 piece and resulted in the price hitting a final £2.5milllion.
The most striking price of the auction series was at Sotheby’s for a Renaissance oil-on-marble portrait of the Florentine banker Bindo Altoviti by Girolamo da Carpi. Despite its fragmentary condition, it sold on the telephone to an American collector at £2.7m - ten times its pre-sale estimate.
The Sotherby’s top lot was Frans van Mieris the Elder’s panel of a girl feeding a parrot – the prime 1663 version of perhaps the artist’s most famous composition. Against an estimate of £500,000-700,000, it sold to an American client, at £3.2m!