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A glimpse of peseta power finds a welcome in Devon

19 March 2001

UK: THE downward spiral of the euro against sterling since the single currency was launched has been a problem for auctioneers, particularly in the South, who could once count on French, Italian and Spanish dealers keeping the lower and middle ranges of the market buoyant, so there was naturally some satisfaction for these Devon auctioneers to see a little of the old peseta power in February.

A rare pack turns up trumps at £950

12 March 2001

UK: A TYPICAL mammoth offering of 1463 lots at the Norfolk rooms’ collectors’ sale included something for just about anyone buying on a modest budget – and, as usual, a few unexpected bidding battles.

NACF celebrate VAT boost for museums

12 March 2001

UK: CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown’s change in VAT policy for museums should safeguard free entry where it already exists.

Quality outranks age in the Somerset £26,500 silver baskets case

12 March 2001

UK: FRESH on the market, reasonably estimated and of undoubted quality – but three silver dessert baskets offered at Somerset still provided a surprise when, as has happened elsewhere, the ‘right’ piece of silver exceeds all expectations.

Banking on a corporate collection

12 March 2001

British and German Art from 1960 to 2000, by Alistair Hicks, edited by Mary Findlay, Alistair Hicks and Friedhelm Hutte, published by Merrell Publishers in association with Deutsche Bank. ISBN 1858941180. £45.

Victorians in the picture

12 March 2001

Victorian Cartes-de-Visite by Robin and Carol Wichard, published by Shire Publications. ISBN 0747804338. £7.99

Fort Augustus & Foyle again

12 March 2001

UK: TWO LIBRARIES that I fondly imagined we had seen the last of were represented in this recent South Kensington sale.