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A woodcut of Jane Austen

Letter by Jane Austen goes on view at museum after being acquired from Maggs

20 August 2019

Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire successfully raised the £35,000 required to buy a fragment of a letter written by the great novelist in 1814. The rare manuscript was being sold on behalf of its private owner by London dealer Maggs.

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Big money for Russian bronze

19 August 2019

Not always predicted but overwhelming when it comes, big-money Russian interest sent a bronze equine group soaring at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead.

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Bussy bird flies to five figures

19 August 2019

Mid-20th century animal study contrasts with traditional ornithological work in same auction.

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Pick of the week: Sale supplies simple bear accessory of life as Doulton Lambeth discovery found among the weeds

12 August 2019

When auctioneer Tony Pratt spotted a mysterious shape in the undergrowth of a back garden in Hythe he wasn’t expecting to uncover a very large pottery bear.

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Fresh ‘Constable sketch’ emerges from Holland Park home

12 August 2019

A sketch attributed to John Constable (1776-1837) uncovered in a Holland Park home is to be offered at auction in Maidenhead – the latest in a string of Constable sketch discoveries.

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Exhibitors prepare for Vintage on the Green event taking place in West Sussex

12 August 2019

The words ‘country’ and ‘brocante’ have an allure of their own as Lucy Haywood discovered when she founded the Country Brocante store in the village of Midhurst, West Sussex.

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Household Cavalry blades in demand

12 August 2019

The collecting of English military swords is a science in itself.

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Tanto tantalises bidders at Special Auction Services

12 August 2019

Special Auction Services’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Newbury on July 9 included a wide selection of edged weapons which was topped by a mid-19th century Japanese short sword or tanto estimated at £200-300.

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‘Thank heavens for the internet’

12 August 2019

Catalogued together with an incomplete silver propelling pencil with a bloodstone terminal, a silver Art Deco pocket lighter with a timepiece sold at £5200 (estimate £100-200) at Amersham Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 11.

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Scottish swords in battle and play

12 August 2019

A Battle of Culloden period Clan MacTavish silver inlaid basket-hilted back sword sold for £4800, just below top estimate, at the Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) auction on July 30.

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Russian shashka sword emerges in Amersham

12 August 2019

A 19th century Russian shashka sword with fine niello-worked ornament sold for £6700 against an estimate of £250-450 at Amersham Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) on August 1.

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Terracotta figure of legendary cricketer WG Grace hits £10,000 hammer in Canterbury auction

08 August 2019

With the new cricket world champions facing an uphill struggle after being thrashed in the first Ashes test by the Aussies, England could do with summoning the spirit of WG Grace.

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Music poster group makes major hit at auction

05 August 2019

A lot comprising 31 posters plugging top groups and festivals from 1969-72 was the major hit at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Photographs, Posters and Prints sale.

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Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

24 July 2019

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Italian sculptures stand out in summer

22 July 2019

Italian sculptors were the hottest property as garden statuary flourished at summer sales in the Home Counties.

Marquee back by popular demand in the New Forest

22 July 2019

Following “unprecedented demand”, a popular antiques and collectors’ marquee is set to return to this year’s three-day New Forest Show in Hampshire after it was not included in last year’s event.

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Ivory cufflinks with Pre-Raphaelite design bring demand at Dreweatts

22 July 2019

This pair of green stained ivory cufflinks offered by Dreweatts (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Donnington Priory was made by Child & Child after a design by the eminent Pre-Raphaelite painter and jewellery designer Edward Burne-Jones.

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Psalter soars with royal appeal

22 July 2019

Associations including Queen Victoria’s daughter help to boost 17th century manuscript.

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Haunting Bueno portrait locks in real human hair

22 July 2019

In a relatively short period from 1959-64, the Spanish-Italian Realist Xavier Bueno (1915-79) created his most recognisable works: a series of melancholic and haunting portraits of children. For Bueno these ‘Bambini’ portraits symbolised a “humiliated and oppressed humanity”.

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Cuneo shows his steel

22 July 2019

This rare American scene by noted railway painter Terence Cuneo (1907-96) turned up at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) in Kent.

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