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The rise of Mann in the year 1976

16 October 2023

In the summer of 1976, the British artist Sargy Mann (1937-2015) experienced a burst of creativity.

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How notable sitters can cancel out the difficulty of selling traditional portraits

20 March 2023

The general theory goes that traditional portraits of white men are difficult to sell unless they are by a major artist or depict a notable sitter.

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Algernon Newton suits the market mood

06 March 2023

The naturalistic landscapes and moody urban scenes of Algernon Cecil Newton (1880-1968) have provided a boon to both London and regional salerooms for well over a decade now.

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Sensible estimates create the right conditions to sell

06 March 2023

A couple of prints by leading names from the early 20th century drew attention at recent regional sales despite some notable condition issues.

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Ray Bradbury double offering

30 January 2023

Lot offers US editions of two science-fiction and fantasy classics by the US writer

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Letter details horrors of ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’

09 January 2023

Thought by the auction house to be an early copy, a letter that details the horrors of the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ in 1756 was sold for £2900.

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A natural history work to leaf through at your leisure

28 November 2022

A few copies have made a little more, but the example of the original, 1826, folio edition of Jacob George Strutt’s 'Sylva Britannica, or Portraits of Forest Trees…' included in a November 8 sale at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) sold for £3500 (guide £600-800).

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Essex map reaches new height

31 October 2022

Estimated at £600-800, a 1777 first in marbled board covers of John Chapman and Peter Andre’s 'Map of the County of Essex from an Actual Survey' was sold for what would appear to be an auction record.

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Collection of Charles Darwin visiting cards coming to Essex auction

17 October 2022

An album of 19 carte de visite portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is offered in Reeman Dansie’s Fine Art auction on November 8-9.

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Fedden gets away second time around

03 October 2022

Returning to auction for the second time in a year, this still-life by Mary Fedden (1915- 2012) fetched £15,500 at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium).

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Library of a fruitful thinker on agriculture

16 May 2022

Works offered in Essex saleroom belonged to ‘capable, colourful and forceful’ professor

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Rolls-Royce ecstatic at sales figures

02 May 2022

Spirit of Ecstasy has adorned the bonnet of every Rolls-Royce motor car since February 6, 1911.

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Tooth be told on toadstones

18 April 2022

Toadstones are understood to be the button-like palatal teeth of lepidotes, an extinct genus of ray finned fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Police plea for return of stolen medals from Colchester museum

19 March 2022

Essex Police and Hollytrees Museum in Colchester are hoping to recover five 19th century medals stolen in a burglary earlier this month.

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A gift from the Queen Mother shines at Essex auction

07 March 2022

A sale of royal memorabilia at Colchester saleroom Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) on February 15 included items from the estate of Miss Beryl Poignand (1887-1965), governess and confidante to HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

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Prince Albert’s drawings for Queen Victoria's coronet sell at Colchester auction

22 November 2021

The V&A loses out in £23,000 bidding battle for Prince Albert’s drawings of the diamond and sapphire coronet he designed for Queen Victoria.

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London calling in Colchester saleroom

31 May 2021

A New and Correct Plan of the Cities of London, Westminster and Borough of Southwark sold at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) of Colchester was offered on behalf of an un-named charity.

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Early spectacles catch the eye in saleroom

24 May 2021

While Georgian spectacles are relatively common at auction, 17th century examples are a rarer beast.

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English female portrait painter returns to Colchester auction

24 April 2021

A portrait by 17th century artist Mary Beale (1633-99) took a six-figure-sum earlier this year at a sale in Essex and now a second portrait by the artist will be offered next week.

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Washington: the head of state

29 March 2021

This bust of the first American president George Washington (1732-99) is titled to the base, and signed and dated 'R Trentanove Fecc in Roma, 1827'.