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German game guns boast royal pedigree

12 August 2019

Fine German sidelock ejectors do not feature often in the London salerooms but Gavin Gardiner’s 25% buyer’s premium) May 1 sale of sporting guns at Sotheby’s in London produced a pair that not only scored on quality but had a history to back it up.

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Van Gogh’s ‘suicide’ gun sells for €130,000 at auction in Paris

19 June 2019

The gun believed to be the weapon used by Vincent van Gogh to shoot himself in the summer of 1890 was knocked down at an €130,000 (£116,070) at auction in Paris.

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Tiny 'Protector’ palm pistol offered in Pennsylvania

08 April 2019

This Chicago Firearms Co ‘The Protector’ palm pistol is estimated at $800-1200 in the Pook & Pook auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on April 13.

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Tipu Sultan battlefield spoils dispersed at Oxfordshire auction

01 April 2019

A rifle from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan sold for £60,000 in Oxfordshire last week.

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ATG letter: Deactivated weapons - why salerooms have to be aware

05 November 2018

MADAM – Responding to your article in ATG No 2365 ('UK salerooms 'not aware' of new laws on deactivated firearms'), I felt compelled to write in.

UK auction rooms ‘not aware’ of new laws on deactivated firearms

29 October 2018

The National Ballistics and Intelligence Service (NABIS) has warned of a rise in defectively deactivated firearms offered at auction since the law changed this summer.

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Pick of the Week: Audubon gun at auction is blast from the past

22 October 2018

Was this the gun that John James Audubon (1785-1851) used to create the world’s most expensive natural history book?

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Antique guns are not a legal loophole, say trade associations

27 August 2018

Trade associations have defended the current firearms laws in the UK amid accusations on a BBC Panorama programme of a ‘loophole’ in gun control.

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Panorama investigation to focus on antique guns ‘loophole’ ahead of government changes to law

20 August 2018

A BBC Panorama investigation, due to broadcast tonight, details how legal antique guns can be used by criminals who illegally obtain ammunition to commit crime.

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The game gun owned by both Louis XVI and Napoleon

06 August 2018

On the day that the Bastille was stormed Louis XVI famously recorded “rien” (nothing) in his game book.

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Success for slim and sleek styling at Holts

06 August 2018

The classic English sporting gun is a sidelock, but for many the ‘round-action’ shotguns perfected by John Dickson of Edinburgh in the 1870s are the most elegant of all.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

06 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Auctions in Germany that explode into life

25 June 2018

Germany’s most expensive painting sold at auction, an unusual early firearm and a fin de siècle snake charmer are among the highlights featured here from recent auctions in Munich, Berlin and Cologne.

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Sporting guns impress at auctions

29 January 2018

A trio of shotgun sales in the spotlight.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

11 September 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Cased pistols – defending the honour of the market

07 August 2017

Cased pairs of pistols remain a particular favourite with collectors, being relatively compact and often in excellent condition after centuries cocooned in their brass-bound mahogany boxes.

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Zettler glass added to Del Mar’s specialist armory

07 August 2017

Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) sold the first instalment of de-accessioned arms and armour from the John Woodman Higgins Museum in Massachusetts back in 2013 and a second in 2014.

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Sporting guns catch the imagination of bidders

07 August 2017

Sporting guns are a little different from other areas of the arms and armour market in that many that are well over 100 years old are still in use today.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

07 August 2017

It has been 50 years since Sotheby’s first held its annual August sporting guns sales at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

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Ornate 16th century gun emerges from talk to local Cheshire group

12 June 2017

Autograph albums, pocket watches and vases are the more usual fare for a valuer who gives a talk to a local group and asks people to bring along interesting items. A superb late 16th century gun is a very different matter.