Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire
Sense of occasion suits the Peter Wyngarde estate sale perfectly31 March 2020
Peter Wyngarde would surely have appreciated the drama that accompanied the auction of his estate – held with the country in the grip of coronavirus.
Flag signals 1945 victory16 March 2020
This flag offered at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) carries inscriptions for HMS Swiftsure – British Pacific Fleet – 1945, and the Japanese cities Sasebo and Tokyo.
Naval success was right on the money16 March 2020
A First World War medal fashioned from a Mexican eight reales coin was an unusual feature of a group sold at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on February 19.
Hong Kong could be key surprise result for military maps16 March 2020
Four military maps encompassing Siam (Thailand), Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took an unexpected £3700 at the Peter Wilson (22% buyer’s premium) Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms auction earlier this year.
Lancer lots charge into auctions16 March 2020
The Crimea medal awarded to one of only two officers taken prisoner by the Russians during the calamitous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 sold for £14,000 at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium).
Badges: the big attraction at Stroud Auctions16 March 2020
Interest from bidders in more than 40 countries competed for what Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium plus VAT) called a “world-class private collection of over 4000 military badges”.
SAS trooper's collection: a special force of the saleroom16 March 2020
The best-seller lists these days will always include a good number of explosive memoirs written by special forces veterans and their heroic stories usually also mean high interest at auction.
Rev Garner: a man of war and peace16 March 2020
The Church of England was Geoffrey Garner’s vocation in life – collecting military badges his hobby
Bosleys moves auction from Marlow to Staffordshire and launches new sale format16 March 2020
Bosleys has launched a new format for its auctions, including a move from Marlow to Staffordshire.
Militaria: A woman's fight to serve16 March 2020
Before British female nurses could even help with the wounded they faced a battle to be accepted, as the story behind a medal winner reveals.
Bountiful barn find of Great War interest16 March 2020
“Something awful. Never witnessed anything like it before. After a bombardment of a week the Germans mounted their own trenches and the infantry reckon that every German had a machine gun…”
Celtic 1967 European Cup winners' medal for sale in Glasgow02 March 2020
The medal awarded to Celtic footballer Steve Chalmers who scored the winning goal as they became the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 is coming to auction.
Entertainment memorabilia previews from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London17 February 2020
A selection of upcoming entertainment lots at auctions ranging from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London and Tommy Cooper in Stockport.
Posters lead the way on road to music stardom17 February 2020
Concert posters from the earliest days of bands that later became famous are particulary sought-after at auction. Leading this selection from recent sales is a five-figure example from 1964 which promotes one of the first Rolling Stones tour performances, but many others are available at a lower price range announcing appearances at venues with evocative names such as Bridlington Spa Hall, Basildon Locarno Ballroom and Barnston Women’s Institute.
Gripping money-makers beyond Bond and Star Wars17 February 2020
Not all the posters making four figures at auction fall into the usual Star Wars/James Bond/Hammer/early horror bracket.
ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction17 February 2020
The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.
George Medal awarded to brave boxer who foiled Princess Anne kidnap comes to auction06 February 2020
When a kidnap attempt was made on Princess Anne on the Mall in London it was handy that nearby was a brave 6ft 2in, 17 stone former heavyweight boxer who without thought for his own safety rushed to her aid.
Antique arms fair moves from Olympia to Hammersmith27 January 2020
The arms fair held in the Pillar Hall in Olympia is moving to another venue in west London which provides greater space.
Whitby working life in focus at Swann sale27 January 2020
An album dating to c.1887 containing 64 evocative albumen prints by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, documenting Whitby, England, is on offer at New York auction house Swann.
Medals earned by a Hardy band of brothers06 January 2020
Peninsular War medals featuring 13 or 14 clasps – showing how many actions the recipient fought in – are impressive enough in themselves. But three of them awarded to brothers who served in the same regiment, offered as a single lot at auction, takes demand to a different level.