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Poignant reminder of home front perils in the Second World War

23 January 2023

A rare Second World War helmet worn by members of a little-known unit of the UK home front comes for sale at Sworders on February 7.

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Panini Mexico 70 stickers are the pick of the bunch

19 December 2022

The Panini company, founded by two brothers in Modena in 1961, began life producing football cards of Serie A teams.

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Ugly, venomous but proves so precious

12 December 2022

Found by head of department Catriona Smith in a box of mixed jewellery, this rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring came for sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

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The £126,000 photos of Darwin’s evolution

14 November 2022

A rediscovered album of 19 cartes de visite portrait photographs documenting Charles Darwin’s changing visage over three decades sold for £126,000.

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Toadstone prized for magical properties

14 November 2022

A rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring comes for sale at Sworders in November 23 with expectations of £3000-5000.

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Pick of the week: Court dwarf’s trousers – or just a tall story?

14 November 2022

This pair of trousers, sold for £7500 in Essex on November 9, was thought to have been worn by the 17th century court dwarf Sir Jeffrey Hudson (1619-82).

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Sparrows flew their Essex nest

07 November 2022

Trio of paintings depict life at a long-disappeared family home

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Rare James Fitton work from the 1930s attracts artist record bid

07 November 2022

Works from the 1930s are arguably the most desirable pictures when it comes to Oldham-born artist James Fitton (1899-1982). They just do not appear very often.

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Thatcher depictions tick the box for bidders

31 October 2022

Judging by recent events, members of the Conservative Party might well look back longingly to the days of Margaret Thatcher when Britain’s first female prime minister brought a comparative measure of stability to government.

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Sycamore with a special touch

31 October 2022

The vast majority of Mauchline items seen today are engraved transfer-printed wares or other types of ‘fancy Scotch woodwork’ from the Victorian era such as fernware or tartanware.

Charles Darwin photographs

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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Influential dealer Sir Jack Baer's art collection comes to market

17 October 2022

Views of France, both rural and urban, provided an interesting facet to the sale of the collection of Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana.

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Gwen John drawing from Sir Jack Baer collection takes a new high price

17 October 2022

Modern British pictures featured prominently among the works dispersed by Sworders this autumn from the collection of Sir Jack Baer.

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Art Market: Pryse guide – artist’s estate bonanza

10 October 2022

Largest group of artist’s works to be offered was consigned to Essex auction house by daughter.

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Focus on Chinese five-figure buys from the regions

10 October 2022

Although catalogued as Kangxi period, an ovoid blue and white vase offered by Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium) on September 20 is a Transitional piece.

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Sports medals: FA Cup hero and a show-jumping legend

10 October 2022

The game between Arsenal v Manchester United in 1979 provided one of the greatest finishes in FA Cup final history.

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Peter Collingwood wall hanging consigned to auction by Prue Leith

03 October 2022

This ‘microgauze’ woven linen and steel wall hanging by pioneering British weaver Peter Collingwood (1922- 2008) comes for sale courtesy of Prue Leith.

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Pick of the week: A collecting passion set in stone

19 September 2022

Florentine pietra dura animal panels from home of art dealer Sir Jack Mervyn Frank Baer take six-figure sum.

Nurse's cape

Soldiers’ thanks to nurse Esme: cape with military badges brings demand at auction

05 September 2022

This scarlet and navy woollen cape sold in an Essex auction is sewn with the numerous cloth regimental badges that were given to Esme Kathleen Robinson (d.2017) by the soldiers she treated in Oxfordshire as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) during the Second World War.