Pick of the Week


Pietra dura animal panels

Pick of the week: A collecting passion set in stone

19 September 2022

Florentine pietra dura animal panels from home of art dealer Sir Jack Mervyn Frank Baer take six-figure sum.

Plaster panel

Pick of the week: Collector bids for Saint George and George Forsyth

12 September 2022

This ‘St George and the Dragon’ Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian plaster panel came for sale at Gildings in Market Harborough by descent from Abraham Lomax.

Action Man judo set

Pick of the week: Belting result for Action Man

05 September 2022

A lot offering Action Man outfits and accessories from the flock hair period c.1970 sold for 100 times the low estimate at a Devon saleroom thanks to a considerable rarity it contained.

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Pick of the week: Large bill – swans book flies away for £54,000

29 August 2022

A two-volume manuscript used to determine swan ownership in East Anglia from the 16th to the 19th century was sold by Sworders for a remarkable £54,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the week: Sketchbook strikes saleroom gold

22 August 2022

A previously unknown sketchbook of watercolours and drawings relating to the California Gold Rush took £16,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions.

George IV dining table

Pick of the week: George IV period dining table in demand at Bath sale

15 August 2022

A recent sale at Aldridges of Bath (20% buyer’s premium) included a fine George IV period mahogany extending dining table.

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Pick of the week: Murder most foul but fascinating jug bid to 27-times estimate

08 August 2022

The murder of William Weare in the Hertfordshire village of Radlett in 1823 has been called the first trial by newspaper.

Lord Byron mourning ring

Pick of the week: Romantic poet Byron remembered in the form of a mourning ring

25 July 2022

He may have been considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to Lord Byron (1788-1824) make for very welcome auction consignments.

Great Exhibition vases

Pick of the week: Vases of true exhibition quality

18 July 2022

Although he initially specialised in small furnishing objects and statuettes, the Parisian bronzier Victor Paillard (1805-86) began exhibiting with more elaborate creations in the 1840s.

Adam and Eve sculpture

Pick of the week: A rediscovered carving emerges at Sotheby's sale

11 July 2022

Despite appearing in a 1930s photograph held in the MAK Museum, Vienna, this wood carving of Adam and Eve seems to have hitherto eluded scholars of the German woodcarver Leonhard Kern (1588-1662).

Silver tankard

Pick of the week: High demand for rare Hull silver

04 July 2022

Abraham Barachin became the last silversmith to use the Hull town mark of three ducal coronets.

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Pick of the week: Bidders take rare chance to dine with Pugin and Minton

27 June 2022

Two plates from a Minton dinner service designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) for his personal use appeared for sale in Derbyshire last week.

Event programme

Pick of the week: Collection of pop culture ephemera wows at auction

20 June 2022

A collection of pop culture ephemera and football memorabilia found in a Cotswold bungalow was offered across 390 lots at auction.

John Bellany picture

Pick of the week: The £80,000 picture before Bellany went off the railings

13 June 2022

Works by John Bellany (1942-2013) abound at auction, with at least 2000 pictures sold in the last 10 years.

Racing chronograph

Pick of the week: Wheel time measured by real time machine

06 June 2022

By 1920, as a new era of aero-engined racing cars threatened to break the 100mph barrier, the emerging sport of motor racing required better and more precise time-keeping.

Silver-gilt and porcelain cutlery set

Pick of the week: Tuck into a Meissen and Augsburg treat

30 May 2022

From the very beginning, the Meissen factory sought close trade relations with the Augsburg goldsmiths.

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Pick of the week: Top tables with a touch of Chippendale emerge in Edinburgh

23 May 2022

This pair of satinwood demilune console tables with their fine marquetry and carved details are of exceptional quality and workmanship. The Thomas Chippendale workshop is a good candidate for their manufacture.

Fijian whale ivory hook carving

Pick of the week: Buyer hooked by Fijian whale ivory rarity

16 May 2022

Sperm whale teeth, acquired from mammals that had beached on local reefs, had a deep significance to Fijian society.

Navigational chart

Pick of the week: Taking note of current affairs

09 May 2022

Among the most extraordinary of all navigational charts are the lattice ‘stick maps’ used by Marshall Islanders.

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Pick of the week: Record price for an RAF Victoria Cross

02 May 2022

The Battle of Britain or Dambusters are usually involved when it comes to sizeable Royal Air Force medal results.

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