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Fashion accessory for a 1930s foxy lady

04 March 2024

An Arctic fox fur owned and worn by a 1930s movie star dubbed Britain’s answer to Ginger Rogers turned heads at a Derby saleroom.

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Museum buys fragment thought to be from trail blazing pilot Amy Johnson's crashed plane

28 February 2024

Kent Battle of Britain Museum has bought a fragment of wreckage believed to be from the last plane flown by pioneering British aviator Amy Johnson in 1941.

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With huge antiques centres already nearby, Gainsborough gains a dedicated fair

26 February 2024

The small town of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire is the perfect pitstop for antiques and vintage buyers, particularly the trade.

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Pick of the week: Coachbuilders archive rolls up to £25,000

12 February 2024

With clients including the Maharajah of Kutch, Queen Victoria and multiple princes and dukes, Holmes & Co was one of the top coachbuilders of the 19th century.

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Bible bidders spot a King James sleeper

12 February 2024

An ‘18th century’ bible turned out to be far more valuable as a first issue King James “He” version

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Bony slept here: Souvenirs from Napoleon's surrender come to auction

09 February 2024

A cache of memorabilia from the descendants of Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland – the officer Napoleon surrendered to aboard HMS Bellerophon on July 15, 1815 – is coming to auction.

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Pick of the week: The ‘engraving’ that bidders discovered was a JMW Turner drawing

29 January 2024

A somewhat innocuous-looking lot at Hansons (26% buyer’s premium) proved to be anything but as a number of eagle-eyed bidders spotted a significant discovery contained therein.

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Charity gifts that keep on giving when sold at auction

22 January 2024

Spotlight on a couple of shop donations that both ended up making £20,000 hammer prices

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Photo collection offers huge mix of eclectic subjects

22 January 2024

A huge collection of black and white, celluloid negatives was described by the Lincoln auction house that offered them as a ‘magnificent, massive, eclectic mix of subjects’.

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Panini also a World Cup winner in 1970 – plus Newton Heath trade card

15 January 2024

The 1970 World Cup was the breakthrough year for Panini.

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Snow fails to put off punters at the Pavilion Gardens

15 January 2024

Fairs may be hit by snow and other weather hazards but stallholders and intrepid buyers try to carry on regardless.

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Third Burges brooch emerges at auction following Antiques Roadshow appearance

08 January 2024

The new discovery, unveiled on the BBC show Antiques Roadshow on Christmas Eve, comes for sale in Market Harborough on March 5.

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Faces of crime: mugshots reveal minor offenders

08 January 2024

These days you have to pay for the privilege of spending the night at the former House of Correction in Folkingham, Lincolnshire.

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Bidders on the alert to spot a Doulton Sentinel

08 January 2024

In the early years of the HN collection in the 1920s several companies commissioned Doulton figures to advertise their products.

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Hemswell centres set to expand

11 December 2023

Huge Lincolnshire business is among the firms that are confident for the future after a buzzing year

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History lesson on how to reuse buildings for art and antiques

04 December 2023

The repurposing of buildings for use as antiques centres and sometimes fairs has seen a revitalisation of historic buidings.

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Dealer to sell decorations from a royal Christmas tree at Hansons

04 December 2023

Dealer Daniel Hadden is hoping for an early Christmas present with the sale of two tree decorations that once belonged to Queen Victoria.

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Strong box thought to be the work of Gerrit Jensen

27 November 2023

Like many English joiners of the period, not a great deal is known about the private life of Gerrit Jensen.

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Bild-Lilli: the sexy and sassy character that inspired Barbie

27 November 2023

The Barbie movie might not have been such a hit if it was called Bild-Lilli instead.

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Trading Standards prosecute couple who faked Cornishware pottery

16 November 2023

Two people selling faked Cornishware pottery have received suspended sentences and ordered to pay £80,000.

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