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Cannon of Mutiny on the Bounty fame to be offered in Scottish auction

18 May 2018

The windswept shore of south-west Scotland is a long way from Pitcairn Island, but a cannon coming up for auction at a Dumfries saleroom links the far-flung locations and a famous mutiny.

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A sauce boat fit for island life

08 January 2018

More Channel Islands silver to add to over 250 pieces dispersed as part of the Paint collection at Martel Maides earlier this year came to auction recently.

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Former Bonhams employees team up to open new dealership in 16th century Scottish house

28 November 2017

Two former members of auction house Bonhams have teamed up to open a new dealership in Dumfriesshire.

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The early bicycles taking design beyond the Boneshaker and Penny Farthing

19 April 2017

Boneshakers and Penny Farthings were the forerunners of the bicycle we know now but were hardly practical as everyday transport for the masses. Step (or pedal) forward the ‘safety bike’.

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Lost Burns portrait goes home – for the time being

03 February 2014

A lost portrait of Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth – thought to be the only one taken from life left in private hands – is to go on loan for display in the poet’s final home in Dumfries.

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Thieves take another publicly displayed Moore

28 October 2013

Another Henry Moore sculpture has been taken in the latest in a spate of thefts targeting works by the artist.

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House contents sale in Dumfries

28 February 2013

Scottish auction house Thomson Roddick are to sell the residual contents of Cromlix House Hotel in Perthshire, a former home of Scottish family the Hay-Drummonds.

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Oak box with Robert Burns inscription

23 November 2012

This carved oak box (with later leather case) is believed to have been the property of the poet Robert Burns and dates from his days as an exciseman.

Dumfries House campaign fund reaches £7m

29 May 2007

The Art Fund have thrown their weight behind the campaign to save Dumfries House for the nation with a £2m pledge towards acquiring the house and its contents. Christie’s, who are due to sell the contents at a showpiece sale next month, say such good intentions have arrived too late.

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Beswick prices keep moving on up

11 December 2004

Pick up a copy of a Beswick price guide from the late 1990s and it will tell you that the Galloway Bull, designed by Arthur Gredington, was made in three versions.

Dumfries House collection may be sold as Trust offer is refused

24 November 2004

CHRISTIE'S have announced that discussions with the National Trust for Scotland concerning a private sale of Dumfries House and its contents have ended.

How steerage proved to be better than First Class…

27 April 2004

IN these days of global marketing and online bidding it is reassuring to know that, just occasionally, with some wit and a little good fortune, one can still make a good wage from a solitary find at the local auction room.