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Previews: £5001 - £30,00019 August 2019
Our weekly selection from salerooms.
Scottish swords in battle and play12 August 2019
A Battle of Culloden period Clan MacTavish silver inlaid basket-hilted back sword sold for £4800, just below top estimate, at the Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) auction on July 30.
Terracotta figure of legendary cricketer WG Grace hits £10,000 hammer in Canterbury auction08 August 2019
With the new cricket world champions facing an uphill struggle after being thrashed in the first Ashes test by the Aussies, England could do with summoning the spirit of WG Grace.
Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services24 July 2019
A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.
Notorious Ashes Dennis Lillee banned aluminium cricket bat scores £5200 at auction23 July 2019
The Cricket World Cup final proved to be one of the most dramatic matches ever – and controversial. Should the Stokes bat-hitting accident have earned six points or five?
Pick of the week: ‘Blonde bombshell’ poster makes big impact at auction22 July 2019
A controversial Second World War poster by renowned designer Abram Games (1914-96) has sold for what is believed to be an auction record.
Classic wartime posters impress in Dorset auction including a probable Abram Games record price18 July 2019
A poster which is one of the most famous worldwide is also one of the rarest: just six copies of the British First World War design showing a fierce Kitchener pointing at YOU are known to exist.
How a saleroom can get into the right groove to offer an amphibious vehicle and a 12m sofa17 July 2019
As an auction house, what sale format do you squeeze an amphibious vehicle or a 12m long sofa into? When it comes to the ‘weird and wonderful’, auctioneers often face a challenge.
Early Special Boat Service badges and insignia show the special forces collecting impact on auctions15 July 2019
The lot description ‘special forces’ always causes a stir among militaria collectors and a particularly good example emerged at specialist auction house Bosleys of Marlow.
Orange Pulcini glass bird hits a high15 July 2019
The classic ‘orange’ Pulcini glass bird is deemed the most common of the five designed by Pianon.
Boer War group puts the boot in15 July 2019
An “extremely rare” grouping of military items including a British 1899 issue leather hobnail boot with a shrapnel hole sold for £6500 at a Buckinghamshire auction on July 3.
Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell's boots worn in 1967 European Cup final won by Celtic on offer in Glasgow auction10 July 2019
Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell’s boots from the 1967 European Cup final are going under the hammer at a Glasgow auction house on July 19.
Plaque professing thanks to God for deliverance from plague up for auction09 July 2019
The plague that devastated London in 1665 is well known but an intriguing wooden panel coming up at auction on July 17 shows the disease proved fatal to many thousands in other areas during that era.
Five militaria auction highlights including snuff mull given by 1745 Jacobite rising leader to the guard at his execution01 July 2019
A snuff mull owned by an executed 1745 Jacobite rising leader and a First World War British tank splatter mask are among five hammer highlights in June auctions.
Complete set of classic Art Deco-style vintage travel posters by Tom Purvis for sale at auction for the first time27 June 2019
A rare opportunity to buy a whole set of one of the most popular Art Deco-style travel posters ever produced is coming up at auction on July 12.
‘First flag on Omaha Beach’ sold in the US24 June 2019
The first American flag believed to have been planted on Omaha Beach in northern France on D-Day proved to be the top lot in Heritage’s (25% buyer’s premium) Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction on June 9.
Medal awarded to British soldier killed on the D-Day beaches sells at auction11 June 2019
In the week marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings a poignant medal was sold at auction which had been awarded to a British soldier killed in the invasion.
Fabulous fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires thought to be a Russian princess wedding gift is estimated at £30,000-50,000 at auction03 June 2019
An extravagant fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires is to be offered in North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants.
Tour de France 1974 yellow jersey worn by the legendary Eddy Merckx to be auctioned in Welsh saleroom01 June 2019
Just before this year’s Tour de France a fresh to the market classic yellow jersey once worn in the gruelling race by the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx comes to auction.
Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode now emerge at auction30 May 2019
The tremendous appeal of anything Dr Who related was underlined at south London auction house Roseberys in March when a collection of archive of photographs and copies of plans from a ‘lost’ episode sold for £4600. Now, more images are on offer, this time in colour.