Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire
Horse to tankard: Oliver Cromwell’s warhorse mug sells in Dorset01 March 2021
A tankard said to be made from the hide of Oliver Cromwell’s warhorse was the toast of an auction in Dorchester.
Auction previews: issue 248201 March 2021
A selection of 11 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
Be over the moon with this dedicated auction01 March 2021
When astronaut Ed White was pictured during the first US spacewalk it was not only the first still photograph of a human in space, but also the first taken by another human – James McDivitt. Up to that moment all images released were taken by television or monitoring cameras.
Roman mosaic to remain in Dorset after fundraising success22 February 2021
A Roman floor panel sold at auction in 2018 and then to an international buyer will be reunited with two other fragments from the same mosaic after a successful fundraising appeal to keep it in the UK.
George Cross record broken again by London saleroom22 February 2021
The world record for a George Cross has been broken by a medal awarded to a courageous British soldier who died in captivity during the Korean War.
Pick of the week: ‘Greatest enemy of the East African slave trade’22 February 2021
The handwritten journal of Colonel Christopher Rigby, recording his success in securing freedom for thousands of slaves in east Africa, was the highlight of a collection of his papers sold in London.
Frieze launches ‘pop-up gallery’ space22 February 2021
Frieze is opening No 9 Cork Street, an initiative housed in two converted townhouses that will accommodate visiting galleries throughout the year with a focus on Modern and Contemporary art.
Shankly inspiration at Liverpool FC sale15 February 2021
Liverpool are leaving their Melwood training centre after 70 years and specialist sport auctioneer Graham Budd has been tasked with selling the contents.
Liverpool FC memorabilia on offer as Melwood training centre comes to an end after 70 years10 February 2021
The Reds are leaving their Melwood training centre and specialist sport auctioneer Graham Budd has been tasked with selling the contents.
Coley joins Hindman08 February 2021
US auction house Hindman has appointed experienced antiquities expert Jacob Coley as director and senior specialist of the Antiquities Department.
Lockdales finds high demand for militaria in lockdown01 February 2021
Weapons proved a highlight of the Lockdales (18% buyer’s premium) Coins, Medals & Militaria auction on January 23-24 held during the third lockdown.
How hurling a lump of iron at Churchill earned a medal01 February 2021
A ‘Hunger Strike’ Women’s Social and Political Union Medal awarded to a Suffragette who threw at lump of iron at Winston Churchill’s car made £10,000.
Handy combo for a Scottish picnic01 February 2021
This Victorian dirk – with ensuite knife and fork – sold for 10 times the top estimate, £2000, at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow on January 21.
Collectors answer action figure call to arms25 January 2021
How did toy manufacturers get boys in the rather less PC 1960s to play with dolls?
TV legend Gerry Anderson treasure trove brings demand at Surrey sale25 January 2021
Models, props, scenery and scripts linked to Gerry Anderson emerged for sale at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Send, Surrey at the end of last year.
18th century Neapolitan world in miniature comes to US auction25 January 2021
It was not uncommon in the 18th century for a doll to be presented within its own miniature doll-scaled world.
Bing model fires the imagination at Tennants25 January 2021
As with so many other collecting areas recently, the conditions of lockdown – meaning spare money and time for the fortunate – have led to buoyant demand for toys, models and collectables.
Pelham professor makes his mark at British Toy Auctions25 January 2021
The British Toy Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale on January 8 in Runcorn included several Pelham Puppets rarities.
Märklin made for the American market draws major demand25 January 2021
The cow catcher and bell on this Gauge 1 clockwork loco gives the game away: although made by German firm Märklin, the set was for the American market.
Let there be light in Staines25 January 2021
Shown below is a page from another early railway-related work that did well at auction.