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Signed writer photo-portraits at Christie's

07 March 2022

The two signed photo-portraits of writers reproduced here formed part of a November 17-December 1 sale held by Christie’s (15/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) that dispersed a single-owner collection of literary manuscripts billed as Exiles and Idealists.

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Mirror result at Bonhams reflects Ralph Edwards link

07 March 2022

The George I period giltwood and gilt gesso girandole or mirror shown here belonged to art historian, connoisseur and collector Ralph Edwards (1894-1977).

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Alberto Martini out of the shadows

07 March 2022

An intricately drawn self-portrait in pen and ink in which the artist likens himself to Albrecht Dürer is at the heart of a new show on Alberto Martini.

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Metal detectorist's medieval gold cross emerges at London auction

07 March 2022

This early medieval gold cross was discovered by a metal detectorist in a field in Sutton St Edmund, Lincolnshire, in April 2019. After two years, going through the Treasure process, the cross was returned to the finder, who is selling it at Dix Noonan Webb on March 15.

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Chelsea Antiques & Fine Art Fair has risen up the ranks

07 March 2022

With two key London fairs cancelled, this long-running event is well placed

The Resurrection, Cookham by Stanley Spencer.

Cookham Resurrection sets record on paper for Stanley Spencer

28 February 2022

‘Resurrection’ scenes by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) hold a special place in the artist’s canon.

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Goalie shirt saved since 1879 single appearance

28 February 2022

One of the earliest items of football memorabilia to appear at auction emerged at Bonhams in Knightsbridge: an England international goalkeeper shirt from 1879.

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There really was trouble at mill

28 February 2022

The third and final part of the collection of 19th century silver trade tokens formed by John Akins was offered by Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium) in London as part of its February 1-2 sale.

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Photo fair back by popular demand

28 February 2022

At last October’s Bloomsbury Book Fair organiser Etc Fairs ran a concurrent photography event. It was such a success that it is being repeated as part of the 40-dealer book fair on Sunday, March 13, at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury.

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HG Beasley’s collecting odyssey since the age of 13

28 February 2022

Two Soloman Island clubs were catalyst to amassing of more than 10,000 artefacts

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Hartnoll figures it’s time to promote neglected art

28 February 2022

'Window to Hardy Road', 1965, by John Bratby (1928-92) is among the figurative works offered at Julian Hartnoll’s next exhibition 'Unjustly Forgotten: Unjustly Neglected'.

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London dealer’s Japanese art collection to go on show at Royal Academy of Arts

24 February 2022

Israel Goldman’s private collection of paintings by 19th century Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) will go on show from March this year.

Garniture

Pick of the week: From China to Peru to London – a bowl that inspired the royal goldsmiths

21 February 2022

This silver-gilt chinoiserie garniture would not have looked out of place at the Brighton Pavilion.

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Very early guitar lessons

21 February 2022

The big number in a London sale of music books, manuscripts, etc, was a collection of early pieces for guitar described as the most significant manuscript of its kind seen at auction in over 20 years.

‘Portrait of Dorette’ by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Artist’s ‘piercing’ portrait of young lover and future wife turns heads at Roseberys

17 February 2022

One of the highest prices for a work on paper by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was set at South London saleroom Roseberys when a portrait of the model Kathleen Woodward, later the artist’s second wife, drew strong demand.

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Busby Babe Duncan Edwards' belongings kept by his girlfriend now come to auction

16 February 2022

Poignant lots related to ‘Busby Babe’ Duncan Edwards that were kept safe by his girlfriend after his death following the Munich air disaster are for sale in a Sports Memorabilia auction to be held by specialist Graham Budd on March 8-9.

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Arne went to work on an egg

14 February 2022

Among the top sales at the winter edition of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair last month was this 1963 Arne Jacobsen leather egg chair and ottoman.

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Neolithic canoe rescued from a fiery fate brings demand at Bonhams

14 February 2022

This Irish bog oak canoe or trough was among the quirkier – and best-performing – lots in Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) ‘without reserve’ sale of the Jim Lennon collection in Edinburgh on January 26.

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Record for Cromwellian coin

14 February 2022

The fourth and final part of the North Yorkshire Moors collection of coins and medals sold by Dix Noonan Webb included some exceptional examples from the Interregnum.

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Wyon’s gothic masterpiece at Baldwin’s

14 February 2022

This ‘cameo’ version of the 1847 gothic crown is one of the finest available for commerce.

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