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Spider-Man's debut and other Silver Age rarities among massive Newcastle comics auction

23 July 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne auction house Anderson & Garland will begin the sale of a vast number of vintage comics this week.

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Silver Tompion pocket watch discovered buried in Hexham ground

15 July 2019

A silver pocket watch by ‘father of British clockmaking’ Thomas Tompion has been literally unearthed in Northumberland.

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Tyneside ceramics hero – and footballer

24 June 2019

Ceramics commemorating the coronation of Edward VIII are less rare than often supposed, having been produced in abundance before the coronation was aborted. Most bring relatively small sums.

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Signed Harry Potter book comes to auction in County Durham

19 June 2019

A signed hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, plus other associated memorabilia, will be offered at Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees.

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Edward Bawden Liverpool Street Station print steams in at £9200

17 June 2019

Edward Bawden (1903-89) produced his celebrated print, Liverpool Street Station, in 1961. He knew the station well – using it regularly when travelling between London and his home in Great Bardfield, Essex.

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Star Wars action figure prototype comes to auction

14 March 2019

A small piece of Star Wars action figure history comes for sale at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees next month.

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10 things in northern England for antiques enthusiasts including a collectors weekend in Cumbria

22 February 2019

The art and antiques market gets busy in March with events such as TEFAF Maastricht, the BADA 2019 fair and London’s contemporary art evening auctions, but for art and antiques fans not travelling to London or the Low Countries, there is plenty going on in northern England in the same month.

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Exhibition to celebrate the role of the dealer opens at The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle

04 February 2019

The antiques trade descended on The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle for the opening of an exhibition celebrating dealers’ shops, tastes, practices and their role in the creation of museum collections.

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Bowes Museum celebrates 200 years of the antiques trade

17 December 2018

The antiques trade is to be celebrated in the New Year at a museum exhibition in County Durham.

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Cash in the Alnwick Castle attic

19 November 2018

Including, as it did, pieces from Alnwick Castle, an ‘attic sale’ based on the Duke of Northumberland’s home was guaranteed to generate more interest than many similarly titled auctions.

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Where to be: Five places to buy art and antiques in the north of England next week (September 30-October 7)

28 September 2018

Collectors descend on Harrogate every autumn for the annual Northern Antiques Fair but there’s lots more to buy in the north and plenty of other places to find it.

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Airfix artwork brings bidding at specialist toy auction house

24 September 2018

For most enthusiasts of Airfix’s plastic construction kits, it was the company’s dramatic box artwork that caught the eye when choosing the next model to make.

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Norman Cornish strolls into Newcastle sale

17 September 2018

A view of a Tyneside street by Spennymoor mining artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) took £5500 at local auction house Anderson & Garland (20% buyer’s premium).

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Britains' Lancers ride to £11,000 result

10 September 2018

Considering that W Britain began making his revolutionary hollowcast toy soldiers only in 1893, a set dating from just three years later certainly deserves the tag ‘early’.

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Britains toy soldiers gallop into Teesside auction as Bombay Lancers set from 1896 makes £11,000

05 September 2018

In the race to offer increasingly collectable more modern toys such as Lego and Star Wars, a lot dating from 1896 sold at a Teesside auction shows older items are still in the running when rarity and condition are just right.

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Taking a £3400 bite out of Victorian sentimentalism

03 September 2018

Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901), shed her first baby tooth at the age of seven while the royal family was a guest of the Duke of Abercorn at Ardverikie, by Loch Laggan. Her father Prince Albert tugged the tooth free himself and had it set in gold and enamel as a brooch. The milk tooth formed the blossom of thistle.

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Crude and rude proves a winning formula as Viz makes auction record

23 July 2018

A new auction record for a copy of a Viz comic was set during The Comic Book Sale at Anderson & Garland of Newcastle.

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Seago in kitchen cupboard gets clean away

04 June 2018

Of all the things you might expect to find in a kitchen cupboard, an original oil by Edward Seago (1910-74) is probably not one of them.

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Pick of the Week: Rare birds sighted in County Durham

21 May 2018

Catalogued simply as ‘a pair of English soft-paste porcelain models of parrots’, these rare 18th century figures by Bow sold at Thomas Watson in Darlington, County Durham, for £16,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) on May 15.

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Grinning bid brings in Buddha

12 March 2018

A small soapstone figure of a grinning, reclining Buddha stole the show at Thomas Watson (24% buyer’s premium) of Darlington when it smashed its estimate of £80-120 to sell for £16,500.

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