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Lots linked to Lord Byron boost single-owner sale at Mellors & Kirk

18 February 2019

That rare beast – a good old-fashioned single-owner sale – is a format that seldom fails to produce decent results.

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Southport furniture dealer whose business is lifted by Runway Monday fair

18 February 2019

A former cake factory site near Southport is the base for dealer Brett Griffiths, who is also one of the big fans of IACF’s fairs.

Hogarth's ‘The Wollaston Family’

Local artist to auction ‘Hogarth’ artwork to help Leicester trust keep original Hogarth painting

16 February 2019

The City of Leicester Museums Trust is hoping to raise £565,000 to keep a William Hogarth painting on the walls of a local gallery.

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One of the oldest Valentine cards sells at auction… on St Valentine’s Day

14 February 2019

One of the world’s oldest surviving Valentine cards has sold today for £5800.

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Spoilum portrait sells at 19-times estimate in Nottingham

11 February 2019

An oval oil portrait painted by the Chinese artist Spoilum (fl.1785-1805) depicting Captain George Delanoe, a 1st Lieutenant and Commander of HMS Repulse, drew fervent interest at Mellors & Kirk's latest sale in Nottingham.

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Huge collection of finds from Anglo-Saxon pagan cemetery site to be offered by Derbyshire auction house Hansons in a private deal

06 February 2019

With the British Library’s acclaimed Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition shedding light on this sometimes overlooked and misunderstood period, the timing is perfect for a Derbyshire saleroom’s announcement of a remarkable collection coming up for sale.

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Pick of the week: The floral shell shock

04 February 2019

Lovely bunch of blooms? A closer look reveals Irish Quaker’s conchological talent...

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Sweet music box in Lincoln auction

21 January 2019

The continued interest in Victorian music boxes in this age of Spotify and streaming was evident when three were among the 1500-lot sale held by Unique Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) to launch the new year.

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Penguin patties on the menu raise over £15,000

19 January 2019

Six lots relating to Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09 offered in a January 3 sale held by Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) raised £15,150 in all.

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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Penguin patties and seal cutlets on the menu of the British Antarctic Expedition midwinter feast now up at auction in remarkable archive

17 December 2018

Penguin patties, seal cutlets and roast reindeer - and lots of whisky - were on the menu for a famous midwinter celebration meal, followed by ‘Sledges at 12.30’.

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‘Most of our clients want English antiques’

17 December 2018

Though the organisation IACF is best known by its acronym, it’s hard to forget what the initials stand for. AA road signs guiding drivers into the Newark showground emphasise the word ‘international’ and the fair is known for its ability to attract overseas trade buyers.

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Overseas visitors look for Victorian value at Newark

17 December 2018

Though IACF Newark markets itself firmly as a trade fair, it ensures the public has access too, in particular die-hard collectors who similar to trade buyers, know the dealers they want to visit.

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The new wave of dealers attending Newark to buy

17 December 2018

“What’s the death on this snuff mull?” asks Tom Hurst, a dealer in African and Oceanic art attending Newark to buy for his online shop and in preparation for his first stand at Tribal Art London in 2019.

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5 Questions: Paul Garner

10 December 2018

Paul Garner of Garners Antiques has a showroom in Rutland which offers art, antiques and British handmade furniture.

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Hop to it in Nottingham

10 December 2018

A regular stallholder at Arthur Swallow Fairs is Liam Woodgates, director of the Hopkinson Vintage Antique and Art Centre in Nottingham, where a corner display is pictured below.

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German doll looks pretty good in original clothes

10 December 2018

Despite some condition issues, such as composite body, right hand thumb missing and slight damage to fingers and feet, this bisque head Kämmer & Reinhardt 109 doll sold for £3900 at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) on November 23.

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Police appeal for help to track down magnificent Portland tiara after robbery

28 November 2018

The police and the owners of a Cartier jewel-encrusted tiara are appealing for help to track it down after it was stolen from The Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

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Engineer works out how to keep a torpedo straight

19 November 2018

It was a British engineer, Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) – working in Austria at the instigation of the Austrian Navy – who developed the first self-propelled torpedo in the 1850s.

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