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1) Pick of the week: Record price for an RAF Victoria Cross

The Battle of Britain or Dambusters are usually involved when it comes to sizeable Royal Air Force medal results.

2) Second World War submarine’s Jolly Roger flag is among six lots to watch

With estimates from £800-30,000, here are six previews of upcoming items.


‘Jolly Roger’ from the submarine HMS Unbroken – estimate £8000-10,000 at Duke’s auction to be held at the Tank Museum.

3) Chinese bowl selling for 28-times estimate stars in our pick of six auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes included a Southern Song tea bowl with a presentation mark that attracted a flurry of bids at Hansons.

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Southern Song hare’s fur bowl with a presentation mark – £56,000 at Hansons.

4) Titanic twists of fate: tale of two auction lots in the US and UK

Fate played a cruel hand in the case of two Titanic passengers whose stories have come to light through recent auction lots.

CQD Life-Saving Medal

This CQD Life-Saving Medal awarded to a recipient for his bravery in a shipwreck in 1909, who later died in the Titanic disaster, sold for a hammer price of £1700 at Noonans.

5) Winning the seal of approval: Emperor’s stamp from Wou Kiuan collection brings £13m

A soapstone seal used by the emperor Qianlong to express his approval of paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection sold at auction in Hong Kong for HK$131m (£13m).

Soapstone seal

The Qianlong yulan zhi bao soapstone seal shown alongside a Chinese painting from the imperial collection that carries its impression. It sold for HK$131m (£13m) plus premium at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period May 5-11, 2022.