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1) Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in Braintree by metal detectorists comes to auction

An impressive group of Anglo-Saxon pennies, found by metal detectorists near Braintree in Essex, will be offered in separate lots at Noonans.

Braintree hoard

The Braintree hoard coming to Noonans on February 21.

2) Owner of 10 Downing Street visitor book plans sale after dismissing Treasury claim

The owner of a visitor book from 10 Downing Street, during the Margaret Thatcher and John Major era, plans to sell it despite the government saying it is official property.

Downing Street visitor book

The Downing Street visitor book.

3) Fascinating backstory of Mouseman furniture owned by same family since new

It is not often that a group of Mouseman furniture comes with a backstory as comprehensive as that being offered at a Buckinghamshire saleroom.

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Mouseman oak refectory type dining table and six chairs, c.1955, estimate £4000-5000 at Bourne End Auction Rooms (offered also with two ‘carvers’, pictured here as well).

4) Letters: What the trade thinks of the buyer’s premium

Sotheby’s recent decision to lower and simplify its charges sparked a flurry of reaction which led to ATG receiving a bulging postbag.


ATG coverage's of Sotheby’s fees change announcement.

5) Bidders spot a King James Bible sleeper

The surprise top lot in a recent regional auction was a rather shabby-looking leather-bound volume which most bidders might not have given a second glance.


Thought to be an early 18th century bible, as it was lacking the first title-page, this turned out to be a rare first edition of the King James Bible printed in 1611 and known as the Great ‘He’ Bible due to a misprint. It sold for £13,000 at Unique Auctions.

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