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Regional values stay firm

In the first of a two-part report spotlighting UK auction house performance and trends in 2017 Roland Arkell reviews the hammer totals and top lots at some of the regions’ leading salerooms

Part 1

Solid rather than spectacular was how some of the elite of Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auctioneers described 2017.

As Guy Schooling, chairman at Sworders, puts it: “Overall trading conditions are still a little challenging. There remains an exceptional amount of money available for the best items but not much to spare for the rest.”

The year that saw battle commence for London’s ‘middle market’ in the wake of Christie’s South Kensington’s closure also brought a change to the top of the established hierarchy for the first time in a decade.

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