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Put your feet up on furniture with Billy Connolly comedy value

10 May 2017

You would expect a comedian like Billy Connolly to buy furniture as colourful and outrageous as he can be. Now you have the opportunity to buy for yourself some of the migraine-inducing items from his Scottish holiday home.

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Salmon cast reeled in at Mitchells

08 May 2017

Catch of the day at Cockermouth auctioneers Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) sporting sale on April 8 was a cast of a salmon. The 48lb fish, cast by Mallochs of Perth, was estimated at £1800-2000 but was reeled in by a Scottish enthusiast at £5200.

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Police appeal to trade to be alert for stolen goods after theft at Liverpool dealer Stefani Antiques

05 May 2017

More than one hundred antiques, including a significant amount of jewellery, were stolen from a Liverpool dealer.

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Harold Riley works from restaurant wall served up at Cheshire auction

21 April 2017

In Eccles near Manchester in the Sixties, artist Harold Riley enjoyed the food so much at an Italian restaurant he discovered that he gave the proprietor one of his paintings.

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Runcorn auction rides in with a Beswick rarity

10 April 2017

A rare version of one of the most popular of Beswick farm figures, a shire horse in a piebald gloss finish, pulled its weight at The Auction Centre (16% buyer’s premium) in Runcorn on March 18.

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Beadwork and embroideries

05 April 2017

Through surviving examples of Charles II beadwork, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the splendid colours of Stuart England.

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Lamorna Birch coastal scene takes £3400

25 March 2017

Among the picture highlights of Peter Wilson’s (24% buyer’s premium) Fine Art Sale on March 2 in Nantwich was a coastal sunset scene by prolific Birkenhead artist Samuel John Lamorna Birch (1869-1955).

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Celebration of textile designer Lucienne Day

25 March 2017

Textile designer Lucienne Day (1917-2010) was honorary president of the Textile Society from 1992-2002 and in 1993 she created an award in her name for innovative textile design.

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Stockport: the spin thing

25 March 2017

If you are interested in the history of the cotton spinning industry, head to the Stockport Vintage Emporium.

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Minorca port scenes buck today’s market

18 March 2017

Owing to today’s minimalist taste, Continental views of 19th century ports are not an easy sell. This pair of canvases proved otherwise when they topped Thomson Roddick’s (15% buyer’s premium) March 18 sale in Carlisle, Cumbria.

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Carlisle museum welcomes back £2m Crosby Garrett Roman helmet

16 March 2017

A major British archaeological find is to return to a Carlisle museum for a new show on Hadrian’s Cavalry.

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Russian kovsh stolen from Lancashire art and antiques dealer

09 March 2017

A Lancashire art and antiques dealership is appealing for help to track down a stolen antique Russian drinking vessel.

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Legendary rare 1970s album from Courtyard Music Group sells for £1200

07 March 2017

It will come as no surprise that signed Beatles albums are some of the top sellers in the entertainment memorabilia collecting field. But have you heard of the Courtyard Music Group?

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Trio of 1930s barn find classic cars come to auction

20 February 2017

“Non-runners but ripe for restoration” is how Cheshire auction house Peter Wilson describes three 1930s cars found in a garden. It also sums up what fans of classic car ‘barn finds’ are after.

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Provenance of Paul Nash painting sold at auction disputed

17 February 2017

The sale of an early 20th century artwork attributed to Paul Nash has been cancelled after recent tests have thrown doubt on its origins.

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Bolton saleroom offer convicted faker’s ‘Lowry’ imitations

10 February 2017

Three paintings by Shaun Greenhalgh, the faker who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2007, are being offered at Bolton Auction Rooms later this month.

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Letter by children's book author Beatrix Potter at Cumbria auction

14 January 2017

The beautiful Beatrix Potter children’s books are highly collectable in themselves but the author’s world provides a far wider and very popular collecting scene.

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Vintage fashion fans strut into Cheshire for Peter Wilson auction

28 November 2016

An auction of the designer wardrobe of a socialite at Peter Wilson’s Nantwich saleroom attracted more than 100 people and raised £27,000.

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Antiques dealers open their first shop on the grounds of Carlisle Cathedral

03 November 2016

Two dealers and fair organisers are opening an antiques shop in Carlisle Cathedral Lodge.

John Lennon letter

Letter from John Lennon to the Queen bought for £10 could earn owner £60,000

29 October 2016

John Lennon’s letter to the Queen returning his MBE could make its £60,000 for the vendor who acquired it for only £10.

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