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Mineral water bottle pops up to break record

15 July 2024

A new record for any English bottle was set at specialist saleroom BBR Auctions in Elsecar, South Yorkshire.


Intriguing timeline of a rediscovered Tompion clock

15 July 2024

Bonhams’ Fine Clocks sale in London on July 3 included a table clock by Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) that came for sale via an unorthodox route.


Willoughby Gerrish opens new Mayfair gallery space

15 July 2024

London dealership Willoughby Gerrish has unveiled a new base in Mayfair (2nd Floor, Savile Row). The two-roomed space was previously occupied by Waterhouse & Dodd.


British silver pieces from renowned Texas collection on offer

15 July 2024

New Orleans dealership MS Rau has acquired 222 pieces of English silver from the collection of Texan businessman Billy Joe ‘Red’ McCombs (1927-2023).

Gavel Spotlight

Charity sales: should buyer’s premium be charged?

15 July 2024

Bonhams has clarified its stance on buyer’s premium charged for charity sales after a dealer claimed the firm benefited from fees in a recent auction.

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Teenage Princess Victoria’s sketches fetch £3200

11 July 2024

Four drawings by the future monarch found their way into an album perhaps assembled by her portrait artist's daughter-in-law

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Artillery museum shells out at auction to secure First World War battle scene

10 July 2024

The Royal Artillery Museum has emerged as the winning bidder for a rare eyewitness view of a First World War battle sold at a recent auction in Farnham.

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Harry Houdini's silver padlock-shaped pocket watch stand escapes at auction for 17 times over estimate

09 July 2024

Intriguingly catalogued under the category Magic, Conjuring & Escapology in Bamfords of Derby Collector’s Grand Tour sale on July 4, was a somewhat battered looking Edwardian silver padlock-shaped pocket watch stand.

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Single owner Clarice Cliff collection comes to Anderson & Garland

08 July 2024

The collection features numerous rare designs of one of the 20th century's most influential ceramic artists.


Tulwar sword hilt with tiger stripes reveals Tipu tempter

08 July 2024

With a rusty blade and seemingly anonymous scabbard, an ornate hilt was the key as to why an Indian tulwar sword estimated at £100-200 instead sold for a huge hammer price of £109,500 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).

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Titian work helps Christie’s record “strongest Old Masters evening in over a decade”

04 July 2024

The ‘Longleat’ Titian and the rediscovered primary version of Metsys’ Madonna of the Cherries provided what Christie’s deemed its “strongest Old Masters Evening sales at in over a decade” on July 2.

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First naval Victoria Cross of the First World War comes to London saleroom

02 July 2024

The first naval Victoria Cross of the First World War is coming to auction as part of an extensive collection on offer at London saleroom Noonans on July 23.

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Hanover Tompion sells for £3.5m at the Treasure House Fair

01 July 2024

A Thomas Tompion masterpiece was the star turn at The Treasure House Fair. Carter Marsh & Co. sold it in the same city where it was created 300 years ago.


Bidders fired up for exceptional flintlock

01 July 2024

A flintlock duck gun hailed as exceptional by Olympia Auctions fully lived up to its billing when it shot past an estimate of £60,000-80,000 to hammer down at £380,000 on June 26.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio lands in Tasmania

29 June 2024

London rare book dealer Peter Harrington sold the copy to an edgy Australian museum

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Elaborate Italian Renaissance armour emerges for public auction

28 June 2024

Elaborate Italian Renaissance armour emerges for public auction

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Eye of the Collector combines old and new in lavish style

28 June 2024

Early sales at Eye of the Collector reflected the mission of the event, bringing both contemporary works and 20th century pieces to the forefront of conversation.

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Daoguang bowls left in attic fetch £162,000 at auction

28 June 2024

A box of Chinese porcelain left in an attic in the Lincolnshire Wolds for more than two decades sold for £162,000 at auction.

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Photo and badges reveal little known but vital work of the Second World War Lumberjills female forestry workers

28 June 2024

While the work of British women on the home front in both world wars is now widely recognised in a wider sense, many of the specific units set up remain obscure and largely forgotten.

Curious visitors enjoying their time at Carter Marsh and Co. 

The Treasure House Fair returns with a lively opening

27 June 2024

Key event in the summer calendar opens its doors once again