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1) BBC show Fake or Fortune? proves Elisabeth Frink sculpture found at a car boot sale is the real deal

With help from the team of BBC show Fake or Fortune?, a lump of metal found at a car boot sale has been proved to be by sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink and valued at around £60,000.

Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

Fake or Fortune? presenters Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce with the possible Elisabeth Frink sculpture. Image: BBC Studios/Anna Gordon.

2) Rolex bought for £200 by vendor now valued at five-figures

Proof that some branded wristwatches have proved an exceptional investment, this Rolex Cosmograph Daytona – bought half a century ago in Epping for £200 – was estimated at £20,000-30,000 at Stacey’s. It ended up selling for £45,500.


Rolex Cosmograph Daytona bought half a century ago in Epping for £200 now up for sale at Stacey’s with an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

3) Art dealer Trinity House Paintings goes into administration

Cotswold art gallery Trinity House Paintings, which was founded in 2006 and run by Steven Beale, was subject to a winding-up petition this summer.

4) Johnny Depp makes surprise visit to Lincolnshire’s Hemswell Antique Centres

Buyers of art and antiques can often be glamorous and wealthy but it is safe to say not many of the shoppers at Lincolnshire’s Hemswell Antique Centres arrive by helicopter.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp at Lincolnshire’s Hemswell Antique Centres.

Image: Hemswell Antique Centres

5) Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon to sell private collection at auction

Ceramics specialist Henry Sandon (b.1928) offered his private collection at auction at Chorley’s in April.

Henry Sandon

Henry Sandon with a dish commissioned by his three sons featuring Ozzie the Owl. Ozzie was a 17th century slipware owl brought along to a Roadshow in Northampton in 1990 which Sandon loved. The dish was designed by Sally Tuffin and made for Sandon by Dennis Chinaworks.

Image: Sandon family.

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