Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire
Norman Whiteside football memorabilia collection to be sold in Surrey auction01 July 2020
Pub quiz time: who was the youngest player to appear in a World Cup, the youngest to score in a League Cup Final and FA Cup Final, made his debut for Manchester United at 16 and was their youngest captain at the age of 20?
Auction previews: issue 244929 June 2020
Sixteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
Militaria: Bismarck’s visor cap leads auction selection of military uniforms22 June 2020
Military uniforms reached their ornamental peak in the 19th century Western Europe – with the leaders of the day sharing in their ostentation
Painting of Battle of the Nile veteran’s fundraiser emerges at Charles Miller22 June 2020
Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile was the 'Vanguard'. An oil on canvas coming up at Charles Miller’s July 7 auction in west London features a very unusual portrayal of this vessel.
Bidding contest for Nelson letter from HMS Victory and medal group from Battle of the Nile22 June 2020
A signed memorandum letter sent by Nelson from HMS Victory to one of his captains sold for a mid-estimate £3200 at a recent TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Diss in Norfolk.
Medal awarded to Victorian soldier wounded at Rorke’s Drift sells to doctor at auction22 June 2020
A Zulu War medal awarded to a Victorian soldier severely wounded while fighting in the hospital building at Rorke’s Drift has been bought at auction – by a doctor.
The other evacuation at the time of Dunkirk22 June 2020
The 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, aka the Dunkirk evacuation in May-June 1940, has been in the headlines recently. However, less well known is the fate of the British 51st Highland Division almost 100 miles further along the French coast.
American collector secures original Second World War RAF ensign flag22 June 2020
An American collector bought this original Second World War RAF ensign flag at a recent East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).
Rare spy camera disguised as pocket watch from 1905 brings bidding battle between two museums15 June 2020
A rare ‘pocket watch’ sold by East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was more surveillance device than timekeeper.
Auction previews: issue 244715 June 2020
Fifteen upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
Pick of the week: Into battle armed with bagpipes18 May 2020
As the Scottish regiments went over the top on July 1, 1916 – the fateful First Day of the Somme – they were led into battle by the wail of bagpipes.
The force is with first-ever Star Wars poster11 May 2020
A long time ago, a poster costing $1.75 launched a series of films set in a galaxy far, far away. Forty-four years later, that series has become the phenomenally successful Star Wars blockbuster and a rare example of that same design sold at auction for £4000.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup and Olympic medals sell at Mullock’s11 May 2020
A gold winner’s medal awarded for the 1893 FA Cup – Wolverhampton Wanderers’ first major trophy – sold for £8000 at Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium) on April 29-30.
First ever Star Wars poster from 1976 comics event sells for £4000 at auction 44 years later05 May 2020
A long time ago, a poster costing $1.75 launched a series of films set in a galaxy far, far away. Forty-four years later, that series has become the phenomenally successful Star Wars blockbuster and a rare example of that same poster has just sold at auction for £4000.
Pow! Batman poster and toy are hits04 May 2020
Well before the darker Batman film versions of directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan there was a more innocent era of Batman on the big and small screens.
Edward the Martyr penny found in ‘remarkable condition’ sells at DNW27 April 2020
A silver penny of the boy king Edward the Martyr – the teenager who ruled Saxon Britain in the 10th century and was later venerated as a saint – has sold to a UK collector for £9000 at Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).
Childhood scrapbook of double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse sells to his old school22 April 2020
A childhood scrapbook including tales of valour written and illustrated by double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse and his twin brother has been bought by their old school in Oxford.
Two very different Florence Nightingale letters for sale in UK and US auctions - plus dealer offers signed photograph20 April 2020
One to a lord about an Ottoman sultan, the other asking for six eggs - two very different letters from Florence Nightingale have emerged at salerooms in the UK and US.
Award for a voyage of non-discovery20 April 2020
In May 1875 the British Arctic Expedition under the command of George Nares (1831-1915) set off on a mission to reach the North Pole via the unchartered ‘open polar sea’.
Vendor not so sad about this price20 April 2020
On April 10, 1970, a Paul McCartney ‘self-interview’ ahead of the release of his debut solo album had been taken by the media to be an announcement that the band was no more.