Vintage Fashion & Textiles

Marilyn Monroe’s record-breaking ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress, which sold for $1.2m in 1999; Olivier Coutau-Begarie’s two-day sale of 5000 pieces of antique silks tapestries and embroideries from the House of Hamot; the lively vintage fashion fairs held around the country every month – each has its own place in the world of fashion and textile collecting.

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Pomp and ceremony at Gloucestershire auction as coronation robes go under the hammer

01 May 2023

The reminder of earlier pomp and ceremony from a coronation came courtesy of a recent sale at Gloucestershire auction house Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium).

Freddie Mercury

Superstar Freddie Mercury's private collection to be sold at Sotheby’s this autumn

26 April 2023

From stage costumes, handwritten lyrics and guitars to Victorian paintings, a Faberge clock and Japanese art, the private collection of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (1946-91) is to be offered in a series of auctions.

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Textile fair hopes to encourage fresh talent to the trade

10 April 2023

Textile Society’s annual fair is part of a drive to help fund ways of bringing in fresh talent to the field.

Victorian sporting jacket

Victorian ladies’ cycling gear wheels its way to Australia after wealthy donor bids at auction

03 April 2023

A Victorian ladies’ sporting jacket believed to have been used for cycling has been bought for the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, Australia.

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Festival of Vintage returns to York Racecourse

03 April 2023

People watching as well as stall perusing is one of the big attractions of the Festival of Vintage held biannually at York Racecourse.

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Surrealist carpet designed comes with heart and sole

27 March 2023

Footprint design telling a story of lost love stars among a selection of ‘out of the ordinary’ collectables lots sold at auction

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Hands of history relating to US hero Lafayette

27 March 2023

The visit of ‘Revolutionary Wars’ hero Gilbert du Motler, the Marquis of Lafayette, to the US in 1824 spawned a large number of commemoratives.

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Array of traditional robes on offer

06 March 2023

Three online sales make up the Asia Week New York programme presented by Lark Mason Associates via the iGavel Auctions platform.

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Gallery shows unite Big Apple residents and visitors

06 March 2023

Around 26 specialist dealers are taking part in the 2023 edition of Asia Week New York (AWNY) from March 16-24.

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Auction marks end of an era for textiles dealer Peta Smyth

27 February 2023

Peta Smyth has been dealing in antique textiles since 1976 and her shop at 42 Moreton Street in Pimlico, west London, is renowned for its extensive array of fine textiles, attracting a loyal and diverse clientele of interior designers, antiques dealers and collectors.

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Somerset saleroom reaps rewards from series of auctions in the new year

13 February 2023

Lawrences of Crewkerne kicks off 2023 with an extensive £1m (premium-inclusive) series of sales over several days

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Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.

Louis Vuitton Explorer Trunk

Top-selling Louis Vuitton trunk stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

27 January 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunk.

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First-timers and stalwarts all welcome at LARTA

09 January 2023

Two new dealers join the latest London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) this month.

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The web shop window: late 19th century Welsh quilt

19 December 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Yard sale from the Bower Ismay home

05 December 2022

More than 20 yards of Morris & Co fabric and two Howard & Son chairs were among a group of lots consigned to auction in Wiltshire with a provenance to Haselbech Hall, Northampton, and the Bower Ismay family.

Chanel tunic

Pick of the week: Château attic find sets vintage Chanel record

28 November 2022

A ‘Russian’ tunic from Chanel’s famed Spring 1922 collection sold for €100,000 (£86,000) in Paris – a record for her early work.

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Super sampler selection in Oxfordshire

21 November 2022

Oxfordshire dealership Witney Antiques’ latest exhibition features early example of band samplers.

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Sex appeal: Iranian erotic poem

21 November 2022

Sixteenth century single folio manuscript displays orgiastic spree in graphic detail

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Flemish tapestry hunted down after wartime wrongs

21 November 2022

A rare early 16th century Flemish tapestry that was part of an impressive imperial commission is coming up for sale in France in early December.

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