Chippenham Auction Rooms


Rare enamel advertising design on the move in Wiltshire

25 September 2023

The sale of Enamel Signs, Automobilia and Advertising at Chippenham Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) on July 29 included a rare pictorial enamel design depicting the Mauretania at full steam advertising Holzapfels Composition.


Rare Nixey enamel sign scrubs up well despite condition

30 January 2023

Although now long forgotten, the London family firm of Nixey’s was a household name in the second half of the 19th century


It’s not what you know but Who you know

03 August 2020

The response among Sixties regulars at a north London pub to the fly poster, below, advertising a gig by the High Numbers may well have been: The who?

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The perfect gift for Boris Johnson? A Downing Street enamel sign up for auction in Wiltshire

06 August 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sacked more than half of Theresa May’s cabinet and brought in his own top-level team last month. Those MPs trying to stay in his good books may want to win him over with a thoughtful gift.


Five lots to watch at auction this week including coronation coronets, a George III tripod table and boat race memorabilia

29 April 2019

With estimates from £400-18,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Emu bought by Hacker the Dog puppeteer to sit alongside George the pink hippo

31 May 2018

You can sleep easily now – we can announce that Emu, of Rod Hull and Emu fame – has found a very appropriate new home after being successfully sold at auction.

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Recreate seminal chatshow moment with Rod Hull and Emu puppet coming up in Wiltshire auction

15 May 2018

Chatshow host Michael Parkinson had a glittering TV career. However, he was quick to acknowledge: “The only thing I’m ever remembered for is being attacked by that bloody bird.”


Sheep dip sign makes it through the snowdrifts

26 March 2018

Deep snowdrifts accompanied the March 2 sale at Chippenham Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Wiltshire.

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Large collection of toy robots marches into Wiltshire auction

18 January 2018

If you worried about robots becoming a threat to jobs, or even to humanity, look away now. If you are, however, fascinated by the more benign impact of toy robots, then keep on reading about a Chippenham Auction Rooms sale.

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British Rail totem sign sale reveals poetic tale of Dilton Marsh

18 October 2017

When all the horrible roads are finally done for, and there’s no more petrol left in the world to burn, here to the halt from Salisbury and from Bristol, steam trains will return. So wrote John Betjeman in his 1969 in his poem in defence of the closure-threatened Dilton Marsh Halt.

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Brunel and an older form of Great Western rail frustration

25 April 2017

Delays and overspends on the Great Western route out of London are frustrating but letters up for auction on April 29 reveal that things didn’t always go smoothly even for the brilliant engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


Robbers target Chippenham Auction Rooms

13 November 2013

A sale at Chippenham Auction Rooms had to be cancelled after thieves broke in overnight by removing tiles from the roof.


Large selection of advertising material at Chippenham sale

23 November 2012

Advertising ephemera from two large collections is on offer at Chippenham Auction Rooms on November 24 in Wiltshire.


Advertising the key to sale’s success

18 July 2012

This Eglentine Metal sign has never come to the open market before but is on offer among about 250 lots of advertising including showcards, packaging, mirrors and over 300-400 enamel signs to be sold at The Chippenham Auction Rooms on July 21.