North-west England


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Sumptuous silk at just £350

30 April 2018

The world of Chinese art remains open to collectors on modest budgets if they look to some of the less fashionable wares, those from later periods and pieces that carry damage.

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Portrait sitter at 111 years old

23 April 2018

This portrait of an elderly gentleman tickled the taste buds of bidders when it was offered at Heliers Auction (18% buyer’s premium) in Lancashire.

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Sailing off to Iceland

16 April 2018

Something of a rarity, To Iceland in a Yacht appears to have no other auction appearances to its name. It was privately printed in Edinburgh in 1873 for its author, the chemist Robert Angus Smith (1817-84), a man best known for his work on air pollution and his identification of what later came to be known as acid rain.

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All hail the studio pottery market

02 April 2018

Having for decades been like one of those obscure religions in which passionate believers go about their business to the benign bemusement of everyone else, studio pottery is winning converts by the day.

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Charitable trust buys French rococo chairs for Chester museum collection

27 March 2018

A charitable trust has bought two pairs of 18th century French chairs from National Galleries of Scotland for a museum in Chester.

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Steeplejack ladders prove a hit at sell-out Fred Dibnah auction in Bolton

20 March 2018

Crowds descended on Bolton at the weekend to see the sell-out auction of the property of steeplejack and TV personality Fred Dibnah.

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Tiffany tiles tempt US bid

05 March 2018

A fresh-to-market consignment involving great names of Art Nouveau/Arts & Crafts and a New York buyer determined to have it… It hasn’t taken long for newcomer Heliers Auction (18% buyer’s premium) to come up with the sort of winning combination all auctioneers hope for.

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Oz suitcase rummage comes to UK

05 March 2018

Gene Hoyle, of Lancashire-based family firm Hoyles Promotions, which has been running busy weekly Sunday fleamarkets and car boots across north-west England for 40 years, is adding a “suitcase rummage” to his fleamarkets at Clitheroe Auction Mart in the Lancashire town.

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Cumbria hall hosts first fair for many years

05 March 2018

Holker Hall, the privately owned country house in Cumbria, hosts its first fair in nearly 25 years this month.

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New studio stars under the spotlight

26 February 2018

In the flourishing market of British studio ceramics, a raft of new names is gaining traction.

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Insolvency Service investigation leads to disqualification of Football Sport Auctions director

22 February 2018

Football Sport Auctions (FSA) director Andrew John Lane has been disqualified from being a company director for 10 years following the liquidation of the company in April 2016.

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Window seat looks good at Cumbrian auction

19 February 2018

Another classic piece of English furniture to go well above expectations was a Regency mahogany window seat in the style of George Bullock offered by the Cumbrian firm 1818 Auctioneers (17/12% buyer’s premium).

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Maori’s new photo finish

12 February 2018

A 19th century painted print of a Maori took top honours at Heliers Auction (18% buyer’s premium) in Blackburn, Lancashire.

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Liverpool FC memorabilia from old Main Stand at Anfield ready to score at auction

08 February 2018

Liverpool FC supporters are being given the opportunity to own a piece of Reds’ history in a special memorabilia auction being held at Anfield.

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Fair races into Chester

05 February 2018

The year is well under way for Penman Fairs as it gears up for The Chester Antiques Fair.

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Original letters from Nelson's captains offer memorabilia at lower price levels

31 January 2018

The never-ending wave of Nelson-related memorabilia crashing in to saleroom shores brings a group of autograph letters with links to the great admiral to auction in Cheshire.

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House call finds huge militaria hoard in tiny Liverpool home

29 January 2018

The New Year is traditionally quiet in the salerooms but the 1800-lot Cheetham collection generated some real excitement at Adam Partridge (18% buyer’s premium) in Macclesfield.

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More than 130 tins are set to take the biscuit at Cheshire auction

24 January 2018

A lifetime’s collection of biscuit tins is heading to Peter Wilson Auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire.

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How Reginald Cheetham's huge collection of militaria was housed in a two up two down home

15 January 2018

Collectors can often be as fascinating as a collection itself. Take Reginald J Cheetham, an extraordinary man who amassed a huge array of items now coming up for auction at the Adam Partridge saleroom.

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Sasha dolls play their part at auction

15 January 2018

Must-have Christmas presents in the Sixties and Seventies, Sasha dolls have remarkable appeal today.

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