Auction Reports


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Iznik at the double thanks to two private collections at Olympia Auctions

08 July 2024

The sale of Indian and Islamic art at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London on June 5 included two fine private collections of Iznik pottery.

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Archer family provenance points the way to debut sale success

08 July 2024

Father and son collection stars as centrepiece of 150-lot inaugural Islamic and Indian art offering

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Torpedo bottle hits £5000 hammer

08 July 2024

Storing a bottle of carbonised mineral water upright often caused the cork to dry out, the gas to escape and the drink to go flat. Persuading a chemist or grocer to store them horizontally proved difficult until the adoption of William Hamilton’s egg-shaped or torpedo bottle.

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Join the club for tribal art fans

08 July 2024

Late last year auctioneer and valuer Mark Huddleston received three images of a chief’s staff or pole club along with an ‘is this worth anything’ enquiry. The vendor had inherited it from his family who (by repute) had done Presbyterian missionary work in Polynesia in the 19th century.

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Saxon gold sword pommel and Celtic figure rise up out of the ground

08 July 2024

Metal-detecting finds often prove valuable both in terms of heritage and a healthy sum at auction.

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Pottery parrot in Whieldon style attracts flocks of bidders

08 July 2024

At Gildings (20% buyer’s premium) of Market Harborough, one little, or rather big bird took flight.

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A family provenance to chew on: collection bought with proceeds of a biscuit empire

01 July 2024

Two days needed to disperse items collected over generations thanks to biscuit production success

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Sword ‘linked to the Lion of the Punjab’ takes a £44,000 slice of the action in huge four-day sale

24 June 2024

A number of strong performers stood out in a variety of individual pieces offered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) large four-day auction

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Fabulous Fabergé menagerie on offer from an unexpected single-owner consignment

24 June 2024

Buyers respond well to stand-alone auction of hardstone animal carvings held in London

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Aquitania luxury liner lots steam into sale to satisfy a US buyer

17 June 2024

At the same time as a naval arms race was taking place in the years just before the First World War another maritime competition developed in the shape of liners.

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Collection of devoted fan sets H&R Daniel demand test

17 June 2024

Porcelain from the Staffordshire factory takes up half a sale – and it’s just the first part of a huge collection

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Vincennes candleholders spark hot contest in Gloucestershire saleroom

10 June 2024

Pair of rare and early French examples offered separately create a bidding frenzy despite condition issues

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Alfred Jewel made a millennium afterwards points to four figure result

10 June 2024

The Alfred Jewel is a famous piece of Anglo-Saxon goldsmith craftmanship, a gold-mounted piece of rock crystal enamelled with a portrait of a man and the inscription translating as ‘Alfred ordered me to be made’.

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Get the siege mentality with unusual banknotes on offer

10 June 2024

“Siege notes are a niche but popular subsidiary of military banknote collecting,” says Andrew Pattison, head of the Banknotes Department at Noonans (24% buyer’s premium).

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Darwin as depicted by the ‘father of art photography’

10 June 2024

An autographed photograph of Charles Darwin (1809-82) described as “very scarce” by Hansons (26.5% buyer’s premium) sold for £8500.

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Meissen freemasons rub shoulders with Lowestoft musicians in Essex

10 June 2024

The most desirable element of a collection of 18th century white-glazed porcelain figures offered by Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Colchester was the Meissen group known as Two Freemasons.

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Dealer Tomasso adds to his personal collection with an auction jewellery purchase

10 June 2024

A gold and cameo ring offered with an estimate of just £200-300 at Derbyshire auction house Irita Marriott (plus 28.8% buyer’s premium inc VAT) and catalogued as 19th century caught the eye of a number of jewellery dealers and bidders from as far as Paris and the US.

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Swedish portrait of the formidable Ellen soars in Somerset

03 June 2024

Strong bidding emerged at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne for a Swedish portrait of Ellen Wester (1873-1930), a pioneering female translator and journalist.

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Newbury sale features collection of well known interior designer, art dealer and collector

03 June 2024

Count Manfredi Della Gherardesca 's collection offers old and new mix of more than 400 varied lots

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Vendor chuffed as collection of British Railways photos pulls into Tennants

27 May 2024

'Large and comprehensive' was the apt description used by Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) for a collection of British Railways photographs and slides offered on April 3.

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