“I fell in love with antiques all over again”

14 March 2014

DEALER PROFILE – Carolyn Mackender started her professional life at Bonhams, changed direction to become a teacher and has now come full circle, working as a dealer in decorative, vintage and retro pieces.

Auction house ties vendor fees to the reserve, not the hammer price

03 March 2014

A Suffolk saleroom set to hold their first auction in May are going for a new business model of flat vendors’ fees based on reserves rather than the hammer price.

Dealers’ Diary: Ten Questions with Natalie Smith

23 January 2014

This week’s 10 Questions is with Natalie Smith, owner of Woodbridge Antiques Centre, Suffolk

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Rare slavery relic among the highlights at Lockdales

18 July 2013

An extraordinary relic of the African slave trade was among the headline lots from a three-day sale held by Lockdales in Martlesham Heath near Ipswich last month.

Jewellery dealer ‘pinpointed’ in sophisticated robbery

28 June 2013

A Suffolk-based jewellery dealer with over 30 years experience in the trade faces ruin after falling victim to a sophisticated robbery last month.


Angus McBean’s archive for sale

12 March 2013

Hundreds of gelatin silver studio prints by the society and theatre photographer Angus McBean (1904-90) will be sold by Lacy Scott & Knight of Bury St Edmunds in a stand-alone sale on April 12.


Märklin’s Holborn station takes £41,000

03 December 2012

Back in 1998 Lacy Scott & Knight of Bury St Edmunds were instructed by local art teacher and model enthusiast John Clibbon to sell the majority of a large collection of tinplate toys.


A wicked time in 17th century Jamaica

15 October 2012

By the late 17th century, Port Royal, located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of Kingston Harbour in south-eastern Jamaica, had earned the reputation of being both the richest and the wickedest city in the world.


Chiparus bronze in Suffolk sale

10 October 2012

This 17in (43cm) high bronze by Demetre Chiparus has been consigned by an elderly lady who had owned it from new to Durrants’ sale on October 12 in Beccles, Suffolk.


The Mayor of Bristol’s writing desk

01 August 2012

This 19th century metamorphic mahogany estates writing desk will appear at Diamond Mills & Co’s sale in Felixstowe on August 8.


Child of its time takes £26,700

10 April 2012

THIS large, 18in (45cm) high, London-made brass lantern clock, c.1660, proved the highlight of the recent single-owner estate sale conducted by Durrants of Beccles.


A high tide for Lowestoft with new record for local favourite

26 November 2011

Lowestoft porcelain specialist and Suffolk auctioneer Russell Sprake marked 50 years in the auction business last month with perhaps his finest ever sale – and a record price for the factory at auction.

Suffolk auctioneers move to larger premises

25 July 2011

MANDER Auctioneers of Clare in Suffolk have moved to new larger premises three miles down the road at Lower Road, Glemsford, CO10 7QU.


Air Force medal group for peace-time bravery

04 April 2011

ONE of the rarer acts of peace-time bravery saw the crew of the airship R33 awarded the Air Force Medal.They included George Ernest Long, whose medals and associated ephemera came up for auction at Lockdales of Ipswich on March 27.


Pulling out all stoppers at £17,500

06 December 2010

ESTIMATED at £3000-4000, this 18th century mahogany decanter box retaining a pair of profusely cut double-magnum sized decanters c.1780, attracted multiple bidders at Suffolk saleroom Neal Sons & Fletcher of Woodbridge.

Sworders consolidate in favour of Sudbury office

26 July 2010

EAST Anglia auctioneers Sworders have ceased holding sales in Sudbury. The former Olivers saleroom in Burkitt’s Lane, Sudbury will now become an office and storage facility with all future consignments removed for sale to Stansted Mountfitchet.


Packaging makes all the difference in Star Wars market

01 June 2010

MOST Star Wars aficionados are familiar with the story of the Flintshire pensioner who bought 20 Palitoy action figures for 49p each in 1978 and sold them at Stockton-on-Tees toy specialists Vectis for a small fortune in 2003.


Devlin’s in the detail at Suffolk auction

23 November 2009

WOODBRIDGE, Suffolk saleroom Neal Sons & Fletcher included a small collection of post-War silver by Robert Welch, Gerald Benney and Stuart Devlin in their November 18 sale.

Dealer who bounced cheque defends himself over ‘hiccup’

20 July 2009

THE dealer who bounced a cheque at Durrants Auction Rooms, reported in last week's ATG has come forward to say it was a 'hiccup' and the bill will be paid.

Auction house issues alert over cheque bouncer

13 July 2009

DURRANTS Auction Rooms have issued an alert about a man claiming to be an antiques dealer from Belgium, who has recently bounced a cheque for nearly £3500 at their rooms.