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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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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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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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Norman Cornish and mining artists get new museum in County Durham

04 October 2017

A former bank building in Bishop Auckland in County Durham will reopen as a museum this month housing a collection of art made by former miners in the area.

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Darlington brush with sale success

28 August 2017

Made in various materials across the centuries, brush pots used by Chinese scholars are steady favourites at UK auctions and the blue and white porcelain example shown here was no exception when offered at Thomas Watson’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Darlington on June 20.

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Story of a pug called Duke and catching the collecting bug

24 July 2017

As with many collectors and dealers, the antiques passion started in an auction room. As a child, some of Amanda Allinson’s earliest memories are of sitting with her grandma in the County Durham rooms of Addisons Auctioneers in Barnard Castle, the town where she grew up.

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Pop goes the easel for Eduardo Paolozzi lots

05 June 2017

A selection of vibrant prints, artist’s proofs and portrait studies by the 20th century artist Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) is up for sale in County Durham.

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Bird box to soar at County Durham autumn auction

15 September 2016

A 19th century singing bird box is a starring lot at an upcoming County Durham auction that features several animal-themed lots.

Auctioneers Addisons to close this summer

23 July 2015

North-eastern auctioneers Addisons are closing down after almost a century in business.

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Lowther casket goes to Bowes Museum

04 November 2013

An 18th century casket made from fragments of Chinese porcelain has been bought by the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

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Chinese screen banishes New Year blues

14 January 2013

Getting the New Year off to a good start at Addisons of Barnard Castle, County Durham, a 20th century blue and white porcelain table screen by the renowned Chinese ceramic artist Wang Bu (1898-1968) improved upon an estimate of just £130-150 to sell for £34,300.

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Yorkshire furniture maker’s collection to be sold

29 May 2012

A collection of work by the late Sid Pollard, a well-known Yorkshire furniture maker, will go under the hammer at Addison’s sale in Barnard Castle, County Durham, on June 2.

Theft of £1.8m works of art in Durham

16 April 2012

TWO Chinese works of art valued at £1.8m have been stolen from Durham University’s Oriental Museum in a night-time raid.

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Reunited after 200 years

20 September 2010

THANKS to a clever bit of detective work by one of its curators, the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle has been able to reunite a porcelain cup and saucer that have separated for over 200 years.

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The nostalgia-powered 21st century production line

17 October 2009

TO visit Vectis Auctions, the toy specialists based near Stockton-on-Tees with annual sales of £5m, is to catch a glimpse of the auction business as it might be in the future.

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The £84,000 hint that it might be Chippendale

24 November 2008

THIS imposing but relatively plain 5ft 6in (1.69m) wide mahogany centre pedestal desk c.1760 was a last-minute entry to Addison's of Barnards Castle fine art and antiques sale on November 15.