TW Gaze

Established in 1857 as an agricultural valuer and auctioneer, TW Gaze are based at Diss Auction Rooms on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

With an emphasis on sales of household chattels, they host regular sales as well as specialist auctions covering areas such as furniture, architectural salvage and sporting items.


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New chapter in 007 posters story

25 July 2022

What would appear to be a rare James Bond promotional poster proved the major attraction of a June 14 sale held by TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium).

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Kensington mapped out and Le Carré in a designer jacket

11 April 2022

Bid to £2800 in a recent Norfolk sale was a detailed and now rare Map of the Parish of St Mary Abbotts, Kensington… dating from 1879.

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No mistaking BB’s talents

07 February 2022

A great many works written and/or illustrated by Denys Watkins-Pitchford, or ‘BB’ as he was more briefly known, were offered in a December 8 sale.

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Cure for a ‘Hectick ffeavour’

29 November 2021

Two very different lots shared the highest bid honours in a September 30 sale held in Norfolk. A manuscript recipe book dating from the late 17th/early 18th century onwards was, as such, accomplished in several different hands.

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Savoy cocktail book from 1930 makes rare appearance at auction

16 August 2021

Bid to £1500 in a Norfolk sale was a 1930 first of The Savoy Cocktail Book.

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Hangman’s calling card is one of the highlights of a varied sale

29 March 2021

Sold online for a far higher than predicted £600 in Norfolk on February 11 was a calling card of William Marwood (1820-83), who for many years was an official hangman.

Norfolk auction sets record for autobiography of pioneering evolutionist Alfred Russel Wallace

04 January 2021

Bid to a record £1900 in a Norfolk auction was a 1905, two-volume first of 'My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions'.

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Mobile wardrobe brings demand in Norfolk

19 October 2020

At TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) in Diss, Norfolk, on August 12 this early 20th century Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk, no 796731, sold for £4200 against an estimate of £1800-2500.

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Auction previews: issue 2464

19 October 2020

A selection of 14 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Calvert name check boosts chess set value

12 October 2020

The white ‘rooks’ to this 19th century carved and turned wood chess set, offered by TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) in Diss in August 12, are stamped Calvert 189 Fleet Street to their bases.

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Names to note in Norfolk sale

05 October 2020

Jane Austen was among the names to note in a recent Norfolk sale, with the day’s top bid securing a four-volume, 1818 first of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion.

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Bidding contest for Nelson letter from HMS Victory and medal group from Battle of the Nile

22 June 2020

A signed memorandum letter sent by Nelson from HMS Victory to one of his captains sold for a mid-estimate £3200 at a recent TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Diss in Norfolk.

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Constance Spry wall pockets for flowers rated high by devotees

06 April 2020

Responsible for the flowers at the Queen’s coronation, the society florist Constance Spry (1886-1960) is also credited with the ‘democratisation’ of flower arranging.

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Cut-outs sharp at two auctions

17 February 2020

Sold for £4600 in a February 6 sale held in the Chichester salerooms of Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) was an album of cut-paper work produced by Elizabeth Cobbold c.1810-20.

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Byron bit back at a vampire fib

17 February 2020

Publisher tried to link book to the poet to boost sales but a revised version was issued instead

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Misty mornings and marshland shine bright at auction

09 September 2019

Complete with 16 tissue-guarded photogravure plates in the original, stylish decorative cloth binding, one of 200 standard copies of Peter Henry Emerson’s famous Marsh Leaves of 1895 was the star turn in a recent Norfolk sale.

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Collectors tune into Diss sale for mechanical music delights

03 June 2019

Best-seller and one of the biggest surprises at the white-glove sale of a mechanical music collection was a musical box, the catalogue entry of which could be summarised as ‘famous name, doesn’t work’.

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Interior motives: how old school weekly sales are giving way to new auction formats

01 April 2019

Weekly clearance sales are increasingly being replaced by newly branded formats as auction houses are responding to fresh consumer trends.

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Collection of dealer Robert Barley up at auction

17 September 2018

More than 500 lots of pictures, sculpture, furniture, textiles, architectural features and artefacts spanning 2000 years from the collection of the late Robert Barley, will come to auction at TW Gaze later this month.

Robert Barley collection, TW Gaze

“Never Boring” antiques dealer Robert Barley’s collection comes to auction in Norfolk

12 September 2018

The collection of the “Never Boring” antiques dealer, the late Robert Barley, will come to auction at TW Gaze later this month.

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