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Gold medal sold at auction marks GB football success in 1908 Olympics

15 July 2024

The 1908 Olympic Games in London included duels with wax bullets, tug of war and the world’s oldest Olympic champion.

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Car boot Bowie bonanza comes to Derbyshire sale

10 July 2024

Photos of David Bowie by Masayoshi Sukita found at a car boot sale in the 1990s are now a potential star turn at Irita Marriott Auctioneers

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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.


Grantham artisans go fourth

08 July 2024

'The Artisan Brocante' was launched last year in the gardens of Grantham House a 17th-18th century National Trust property in the Lincolnshire town of Grantham.


Pottery parrot in Whieldon style attracts flocks of bidders

08 July 2024

At Gildings (20% buyer’s premium) of Market Harborough, one little, or rather big bird took flight.

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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.


Sword ‘linked to the Lion of the Punjab’ takes a £44,000 slice of the action in huge four-day sale

24 June 2024

A number of strong performers stood out in a variety of individual pieces offered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) large four-day auction

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Olympic gold medal for Great Britain footballer a winner at auction

21 June 2024

Purnell was one of Great Britain’s few Olympic football players and one of a smaller pool of gold medal winners

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Whieldon type creamware bird rules the roost at auction

21 June 2024

At Gildings of Market Harborough, one little, or rather big bird took flight.


Darwin as depicted by the ‘father of art photography’

10 June 2024

An autographed photograph of Charles Darwin (1809-82) described as “very scarce” by Hansons (26.5% buyer’s premium) sold for £8500.


Dealer Tomasso adds to his personal collection with an auction jewellery purchase

10 June 2024

A gold and cameo ring offered with an estimate of just £200-300 at Derbyshire auction house Irita Marriott (plus 28.8% buyer’s premium inc VAT) and catalogued as 19th century caught the eye of a number of jewellery dealers and bidders from as far as Paris and the US.


Hurrah for a Suffragette vesta case for sale at Derbyshire fair

06 May 2024

A vesta case decorated with a campaigning Suffragette is among the highlights at the Buxton Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair.

Austral Islands ceremonial kava ladle

Pick of the week: The scoop on an Austral Islands kava ladle found in Derbyshire

22 April 2024

A Polynesian ladle surfaced in a Derbyshire saleroom, selling for nearly five-times its £500-700 estimate.

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Jewellery taken during ram raid at Hansons auction house

22 April 2024

Hansons’ saleroom in Derbyshire has been the victim of a ram-raid break-in.


Wirksworth beats the weather

22 April 2024

“Despite the awful weather we still had over 50 stalls and our indoor venue, the Memorial Hall was packed,” said Sally-Anne Swindell, organiser of the Wirksworth Antiques in the Street’s early April event in the eponymous Peak District market town.


Slot machines provide all the fun of the seaside even in rain

15 April 2024

Once ubiquitous in British seaside resorts in their day, many pre-war amusement arcade machines are now so rare that just a handful are recorded.


An antiques expert with Georgian on his mind

25 March 2024

If specialist Karl Martin was the type to take work home with him he’d be in danger of never finding it again.


Nottinghamshire organiser reconfigures event set-up as heavy rain causes problems

25 March 2024

Winter 2024 turned out to be the wettest ever in the UK - which inevitably threw up significant challenges for fair organisers.

Stolen silver

Burglar who cut a hole in the floor to steal antique silver from an army museum is jailed

20 March 2024

A man who broke into the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum in Nottinghamshire has been jailed.


Lincolnshire auction house tunes in to local celebrity Claribel

18 March 2024

Memorabilia relating to the Victorian songwriter ‘Claribel’ returned home from Malta to be auctioned in Lincolnshire and were bought by the local museum.