Auction Reports


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From Mr Wong of Cat Street

18 October 2021

Republican plaques bought at Hong Kong dealership take top price in Chinese art sale.

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Charles I makes a return in embroidery form

18 October 2021

Of such high quality that they justify the description ‘cabinet miniatures’, examples of a small group of silk and metal thread embroideries of Charles I can be seen in the V&A and Wallace Collection in London and in the New York Met.

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Maori pendant boosted by fine notable provenance

18 October 2021

A Maori hei-tiki pendant offered in Cheltenham on September 16 had an old paper label verso stating that it originally belonged to Makoare Te Taonui.

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Auction full of West Country wonders

18 October 2021

Including seafaring, tin, copper, studio potteries and fishing, a Penzance sale covered just about everything from the region bar pasties.

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Dapper dummy made in Austria, brought to UK, now heads to US

18 October 2021

This ventriloquist’s dapper dummy was one of the surprise star turns at Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Shrewsbury auction.

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Single-owner collection of insurance company badges forms intriguing part of Essex sale

11 October 2021

It was in the wake of the Great Fire of London in 1666 that the first societies were created to protect against the losses caused by fire.

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Famous tree, we presume

11 October 2021

A section of wood taken from the tree where Stanley met Livingstone in 1871 sold at Sworders’ September 14-15 Fine Interiors sale for £2400.

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Classic country house offering brings spectacular selection of lots

04 October 2021

Irish castle home of earls about to be turned into hotel and spa furnishes a remarkable sale

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Table and chest impress on Tyneside

04 October 2021

Although not catalogued as such, this occasional table offered at auction is made to a well-known Aesthetic movement design by EW Godwin.

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Cryséde shawl in demand

27 September 2021

Alec Walker (1889-1964) created Cryséde fabrics as a small experimental silk-printing firm in Newlyn in 1920.

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Chinese vases sell over 200-times estimate in East Sussex

27 September 2021

Estimated at £100-150, this pair of 4in (11cm) Chinese vases sold for an estimate-busting £39,000 at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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Carry On down the saleroom

27 September 2021

Most original British quad posters from the series of 'Carry On' films can be bought for sums in the £50-300 price bracket but a number of rarities exist.

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Medal group and archive breaks through walls at auction

27 September 2021

One of the most daring air operations of the Second World War included New Zealand pilot Flight Lieutenant Maxwell Nicholas Sparks as a participant.

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Scandal and sedition in ceramics

27 September 2021

Salisbury sale offered commemorative ceramics from single-owner collection

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If life gets you down a cup of tea always helps

27 September 2021

While Americans demonstrated by throwing tea into the harbour, the British registered complaints by putting the leaves into suitably decorated teapots.

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Edinburgh rarity clocks in at £36,000

27 September 2021

Edinburgh-made clocks that predate 1700 are rare.

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Explorer Rolex finds eager buyer

27 September 2021

A Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Lichfield included this 1973 Rolex Explorer II which sparked international interest.

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Ottoman panel used as tomb cover sells ten times above estimate at Dreweatts

20 September 2021

This large Ottoman metal thread and silk hanging features a dedication to Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736).

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Golden discovery brings coin hoard to market

20 September 2021

Cache of 17th century coins found during restoration of medieval home in Brittany

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Belleek porcelain beckons bidders from all over the world

20 September 2021

A collection of Belleek porcelain totalled £7600 at Cuttlestones (20% buyer’s premium) on July 21.

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