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Vases from Napoleon III era show mythology on a grand scale

10 February 2020

One of the highest prices of 2019 achieved by French auction house Beaussant Lefèvre (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) was the €310,000 (£262,710) paid for this impressively tall 4ft 1in (1.25m) high pair of gilt bronze mounted, footed and covered vases.

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Textbook Lalique choker makes €150,000 in Paris auction

27 January 2020

This opal, diamond, enamel and 18ct yellow gold choker, c.1898, is textbook René Lalique (1860-1945).

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Archaeological revival bracelet attracts bidders in Chichester

27 January 2020

Estimated at £2000-3000, this French gold and enamel bracelet set with seven oval carved hardstone intaglios sold for £8500 (plus 20% buyer premium) at Henry Adams of Chichester on January 16.

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Byronic collection offered at Chiswick Auctions

27 January 2020

Chiswick Auctions will offer a single-owner collection of memorabilia relating to the second generation English Romantic poet, George Gordon Byron (1788-1824).

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Submariners surface for sale in Surrey and Birmingham

27 January 2020

From 1969-99 there were more than 20 different references to the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner with numerous variations.

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Cartier desk clock collection at Bonhams shows evolution of design

27 January 2020

John Benjamin reviews the sale of an exceptional collection of desk clocks and Cartier jewels at Bonhams.

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Cufflinks with the royal cypher draw bidders at Lawrences

27 January 2020

This pair of silver and enamel cufflinks with the royal cypher of George VI comes in a presentation box by Plante of Bury Street, London.

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Seamaster rises to a £25,000 bid in Nottingham

27 January 2020

The Omega Seamaster 300 ranks among the most desirable of all diving watches.

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Charmed by Spetchley Park: rock crystal pendant soars to 70-times estimate at Sotheby's

27 January 2020

This intriguing rock crystal pendant may have been used as a ‘charmstone’. It follows the same form as the famous Glenorchy Charmstone in the National Museums of Scotland and may too have once adorned an early reliquary.

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Jewels from the studio: new auction format for New Jersey saleroom

27 January 2020

Lambertsville, New Jersey, auction house Rago/Wright is to launch a new sale category on February 12 titled 'Studio Jewelry 1900-Present'.

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Four cameo and intaglio rings indicating glyphic art is now at the cutting edge of fashion

27 January 2020

Glyphic art was one of the success stories of 2019. The return to collecting fashion of this once dusty academic field is bringing more hardstone gems to the market.

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Rare example of chameleon stone alexandrite sells at Skinner

27 January 2020

According to a popular story, alexandrite, one of the three main varieties of chrysoberyl, was discovered in the Urals by the Finnish mineralogist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld (1792-1866) and named in honour of the future Tsar Alexander II of Russia.

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Armour through the ages: three lots commanding bids in winter sales

20 January 2020

Rare and well-preserved armour from pre-history to the 17th century was well received in the pre-Christmas sales. Three examples are pictured here.

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Go for a Gatling to get bling for your bucks

20 January 2020

Any museum or collector seeking a centrepiece for their display need look no further than the Gatling gun – a pivotal invention that makes its presence felt by its sheer size and bling.

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Five examples showing how exotic Eastern blades remain a key fixture at auction

20 January 2020

Edged weapons from the East continue to feature regularly among the top lots in auctions across the world. Awareness of the rich array of culturally-significant weapons to be found in Western collections has grown as internet technology reaches a new international audience.

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Acting class – Impressive collection sold at Bonhams

20 January 2020

The impressive arms offered in London from a collection which supplied weapons for many films were far from being theatrical props

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Holts heads home to the rural charm of Norfolk

20 January 2020

December 10 marked a significant step in the history of specialist sporting and antique gun auction house Holts (25-20% buyer’s premium).

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Rock Island auction goes supersize

20 January 2020

If proof were needed that firearms sales are simply conducted on a completely different scale in the US, one need look no further than the three-day sale at Rock Island Auctions (18.5% buyer’s premium) in Illinois on December 6-8.

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Stone Age weapons at the cutting edge of early technology

20 January 2020

One fascinating section of a recent Thomas Del Mar (25% buyer’s premium) sale featured Stone Age and Viking weapons and artefacts from a European private collection.

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The scientific side of collecting: author explains her passion for Chinese export porcelain

20 January 2020

Shirley Mueller is a US neuroscientist, author and Asian art collector focused on Chinese export porcelain. Her book 'Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play' has recently been published.

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