Auction Reports


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‘Akin to living in a private museum’

06 February 2023

Wife describes how collector husband Chris Hancock’s latest artworks had to fight for space in a family home

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Medal marks a Shanghai special day

06 February 2023

The Shanghai Jubilee Medal was instituted in 1893 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first British consul created after the Treaty of Nanking in 1843.

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Chandelier shone in Pugin’s Gem

06 February 2023

This brass and iron ecclesiastic chandelier or corona lucis is by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), the most famous name in the Gothic Revival.

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Scandinavian calendar stick provides seasons to be cheerful

06 February 2023

Among the best performing lots at the Country House sale at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn was a fruitwood calendar stick or primstav.

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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

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Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.

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Spoon dated 1796 served Lord Nelson

30 January 2023

This otherwise mundane late 18th century fiddle pattern silver dessert spoon is from Lord Nelson’s first personal service.

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Nineteenth century sculpture: evil genius and equestrian elegance

30 January 2023

Focus on two contrasting sculptures from the same era by Feuchere and Boehm sold in recent auctions

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'Forget the guide' says Hanson as bronze figure brings bidding frenzy

30 January 2023

Strong provenance helps seated guardian figure estimated at £100-150 to stand out at Derbyshire auction

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Dodecahedron remains a mystery

23 January 2023

Roman dodecahedra continue to baffle after more than two-and-a-half centuries of study.

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Bungalow was filled to the brim with a remarkable collection of toys

23 January 2023

A remarkable collection of dollhouses, dollhouse furniture and juvenilia was sold in London towards the end of 2022.

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By Markwick Markham… or not

16 January 2023

English names from a defunct clock manufactory were used for familiarity in an export market

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Second chance to own a pioneering Summers plywood armchair

16 January 2023

Bidders who missed out on a version of Gerald Summers’ 1933-34 plywood armchair sold for £20,000 as part of a collection of Simple Furniture at Lyon & Turnbull last October did not have too long to wait for another to appear for sale.

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Fortune favours the bold designer Cappiello

16 January 2023

Among the most eagerly contested lots in a sale of vintage posters was a set of three unrestored advertising posters by the Tuscany-born, Paris-based Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942).

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Dam Busters poster is stirring stuff

16 January 2023

Considered one of the best British movies about the Second World War, the British quad-sized poster for 'The Dam Busters' (1955) was not too bad either.

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Lust and found: van Gogh film poster

16 January 2023

Top price at the Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) poster auction on January 6 came for a design that was a work of art in itself.

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Nymphenburg factory dishes up a high sum

16 January 2023

What is very probably a new record for the Nymphenburg porcelain factory was set at the 500 Years of European Ceramics sale at Bonhams (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) on December 7.

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Famous owner of Steiff bulldog boosts toy value

16 January 2023

A collectors’ timed online sale at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) included a group lot of early 20th century juvenalia owned by a key figure in Second World War naval intelligence.

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Bidders show faith in Brook’s symbol of love

09 January 2023

Discovered by a metal detectorist on Dorset land once owned by Sir Thomas Brook, the late 14th century diamond set gold love ring captured hearts and international interest at Noonans’ (24% buyer’s premium) Mayfair rooms.

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Rectory sale rolls out wealth of English furniture

09 January 2023

Among a wealth of English furniture consigned from a Wiltshire country house the outstanding items were a George I japanned bureau-cabinet and a pair of George III carved giltwood girandoles.

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