Now speculators have been driven out of the Impressionist market, collectors are venturing back. Affordable works on paper are sought after; so are corners of art history such as the neo-Romantics of the Twenties and Thirties. Sotheby's has 17 lots of pictures connecting the neo-Romantics such as Jean Cocteau and Eugene Berman. A Berman ink and wash of vagrant beachcombers is est pounds 800- pounds 1,000. Rodin sculptures are being edged up by collectors. A smaller (16in high) version of his bronze, Ugolin et Ses Fils, is est pounds 40,000- pounds 50,000.
Christie's says prices for contemporaries Yves Klein, Jean Dubuffet and Lucio Fontana, which plunged 50 per cent after the speculative buying of 1988- 90, are on the move again. But Klein's fire series did not dip so deeply. It would like pounds 70,000- pounds 90,000 for Feu nr. FC5.
The Charsky collection of finest Georgian and Victorian jewellery - 250 lots - at Christie's, Wednesday (2pm): doves, flowersprays, Cupid's bows, forget-me-nots, from pounds 500 to pounds 10,000. Phillips has fine jewellery Tuesday (1.30pm).
KILROY WILL BE THERE
Lunch with Robert Kilroy-Silk (no estimate) is among the lots at Bonhams' sale in aid of the Fight for Sight charity, Monday (7pm). A charcoal by Sir Joshua Reynolds is est pounds 600- pounds 800.
First complete skeleton at auction of the extinct Giant Irish Deer, 6ft tall with 10ft antlers - which tended to drown it in water-weed. Estimate pounds 30,000- pounds 40,000 at Phillips, Wednesday (11am) together with more than 300 other lots of deer bones collected by a farmer. The Japanese are said to be interested.
Newbury: Private collection of the late Anthony Belton, antiques dealer, Tuesday (ceramics, pictures, books) and Wednesday (plants, furniture). Both 10am. Dreweatt Neate, Donnington Priory (0635 31234).
Glasgow: Football memorabilia, Wednesday (11am). Bill (Manchester United) Foulkes's 1968 European Cup Winners medal: pounds 8,000- pounds 12,000. Christie's (041 332 8134).
Also in Glasgow: Art Nouveau, decorative arts and studio ceramics, Wednesday (11am). Phillips (041 221 8377).
Hockley, Birmingham: Police- recovered goods, clothing, hi-fis, household wares, no reserve, Thursday (10.30am). Fellows & Sons (021 212 2131).
Exeter: Computers and accessories tomorrow (11am). South West Computer Auctions, The Lord Haldon Hotel, Dunchideock (0934 642437).
Putney: Metropolitan police recovered goods, Thursday (9.30am). Dowell Lloyd (081- 788 7777/8).
Information by Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957); Government Auction News (071-734 8291/4, hotline 0891-887700).Reuse content