Movements in the market – for property and art

16 September 2019

A busier than usual summer for the local housing market appeared to boost both vendor consignments and bidding at Market Harborough auctioneers Gildings (18% buyer’s premium).


Sofa where Edward Prince of Wales met Wallis Simpson comes to auction in Northamptonshire

08 May 2019

The 'love seat' said to have played a part in the abdication crisis of 1936 is to be offered at auction this week at Humbert & Ellis.

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A new antiques and interior shop comes to Brackley as dealer and designer join forces

18 September 2018

Newlyweds Rob and Annabel Black have joined forces on a new art and interiors shop in Brackley, Northamptonshire.


Dealer Mark Goodger takes a good look back

26 March 2018

This year marks a 20th anniversary for Northamptonshire dealer Mark Goodger. He first established the business Hampton Antiques with his wife Sara in 1998 and deals in antique boxes and accessories from the 18th-21st centuries.


Brunel technical drawing instruments are sharp seller at auction

28 February 2018

Brunel stories are like buses. Or maybe horse buses, considering the era. None for ages then all at once.

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Concorde nose cone set to soar at auction

20 February 2018

A saleroom that sold a selection of items related to the Dambusters has moved on about 30 years for its latest aviation lot: a nose cone from Concorde.


5 Questions: D Kevin Smith of Windsor House Antiques

27 November 2017

D Kevin Smith launched Windsor House Antiques in Leeds in 1957. It is now based in Barnwell Manor in Peterborough by appointment and also trades from its website.


The button that bust the dam

21 August 2017

The button from the Lancaster bomber of 617 Squadron that released the ‘bouncing bomb’ which destroyed the Möhne Dam has sold after being offered at auction for the first time.

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Dambusters bouncing bomb release button on offer at auction for the first time

28 June 2017

The bomb release button from the Lancaster bomber of 617 Squadron that released the ‘bouncing bomb’ which destroyed the Möhne Dam on May 17, 1943 is being offered at auction for the first time.

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Northamptonshire auctioneer appoints new co-director

15 March 2017

Whittlebury saleroom JP Humbert have appointed Francesca Ellis as co-director.

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Wolsey Angels – my ‘ones that got away’, says dealer

05 March 2015

More information has emerged about the colourful recent history of the £5m Wolsey Angels.

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Huge interest expected for Dambuster pieces

14 January 2015

Five truly remarkable items of British wartime history are being offered for sale at J.P. Humbert Auctioneers of Towcester.


Metal detecting prosecution hailed as a landmark case

12 January 2013

Two metal detectorists have been given suspended jail sentences in what is being hailed as a landmark case for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. It is the first time that such a ruling has been made since the scheme, which was piloted in the 1990s, came fully into force in 2003.


The key to Malaysian bridge

14 September 2012

A unique ceremonial key for opening Victoria Bridge in Kuala Kangsor, Malaysia, is one of the more unusual items coming up at JP Humbert of Towcester’s September 26-27 sale.


Churchill through the lens

21 March 2011

CHURCHILL impersonator Derek Herbert was in Towcester on March 16 to aid Northamptonshire auctioneer Jonathan Humbert in the sale of a pair of acetate tortoiseshell-effect reading glasses that belonged to Sir Winston.

New auction house for Silverstone

21 March 2011

A NEW auction house based at the Silverstone race track opened for business in February.

Towcester to get a new fair

28 May 2010

A WEEK before she launches her West London Art & Antiques Fair, Caroline Penman has announced another new summer event, The Towcester Antiques Fair which will take place at Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire from June 25 to 27.

Lincoln, Swinderby and Newark – how did it all go?

19 October 2009

THE first salvos in the battle between the showground fairs giants saw up to 4000 exhibitors head to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire earlier this month.


£7500 bid for Churchill’s seat of power

21 August 2009

FOR an item almost destined for a landfill site, this delapidated red leather chesterfield, found in the outhouse of a Northamptonshire rectory, wouldn’t be the first thing you would expect to generate international bidding.

J.P. Humbert bring their two salerooms under one roof

23 March 2009

J.P. Humbert Auctioneers are to combine their two salerooms and focus their business in Towcester.