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La Belle France art styles shine in Sussex

29 January 2024

A portrait by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) is the chief work in the exhibition La Belle France at Ottocento in Petworth.

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Betty Boothroyd’s dispatch box and brooch entice bidders at memorabilia auction

23 January 2024

Politics fans and admirers competed for items from the estate of Betty Boothroyd (1929-2023), the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Extensive dolls collection came from house where whole rooms were crammed full of displays

22 January 2024

Special Auction Services is selling what it bills as ‘the largest and most valuable doll collection to been seen at auction for 25 years’.

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The 70s to 90s: ‘People are buying their childhoods back’

22 January 2024

The appeal of more modern toys for the latest collectors buying based on nostalgia for childhood playthings was underlined by a large group of Transformers offered at Special Auction Services on January 17.

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Fortune tellers and Egyptian tombs – all for just a penny

22 January 2024

Penny in the slot machines known as a ‘Working Model’ came in many guises but, essentially, they all formed a large upright cabinet with a glass window top section.

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Morden map cards lead the way at Newbury auction

22 January 2024

Auction offered near-complete example of the set that also formed a first pocket atlas of England and Wales

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The homing instinct – Vivien Greene dolls' houses

22 January 2024

Dolls’ houses from the collection of a renowned expert and author came to auction in Kent.

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Toy soldier guru James Opie holds last auction

22 January 2024

The Late John Ruddle Collection of toy soldiers sale held at C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on December 6 was a very special occasion.

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Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.

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Football trade card portraying first black professional player Arthur Wharton takes astonishing £26,800

17 January 2024

A trade card sold for a remarkable £26,800 hammer price was not only one of the earliest-known examples but also had the considerable appeal of featuring the first black professional football player.

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Panini also a World Cup winner in 1970 – plus Newton Heath trade card

15 January 2024

The 1970 World Cup was the breakthrough year for Panini.

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Ruskin pottery collection stars in Dreweatts’ Interiors sale

11 January 2024

Pottery that came from the original Ruskin factory collection drew healthy competition at an auction in Newbury.

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Charleston searches for 50 of the best Bloomsbury Group works still in private collections to include in a special anniversary exhibition

11 January 2024

A Sussex museum is launching a campaign at London Art Fair to find elusive works by Bloomsbury Group artists not currently on public display.

An album of rare photographs of China

Album with rare photos of China takes £8200 at Flints

10 January 2024

Estimated at £3000-5000, an album containing rare - possibly unique - views in the Treaty Port of Chinkiang (Zhenjiang) was the top lot at an auction in Thatcham, Berkshire.

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Six highlights selling at Dreweatts’ auction of artist’s collection

09 January 2024

Items from the private collection of contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein (b.1977) formed a 289-lot dedicated sale at Dreweatts in Newbury.

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Rare central Asian textile takes £26,000 at Gorringe's

09 January 2024

A 19th century silk weaving sold for 144 times the top-estimate in Lewes on January 8.

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Love Fairs delighted with ‘excellent’ Detling growth

02 January 2024

Words like ‘excellent growth, full house and waiting lists’ are music to any fair organiser’s ears.

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Fascinating Fleetwood Mac material reveals the road to stardom

02 January 2024

Fleetwood Mac are famous for the huge-selling Rumours album that propelled the band to superstardom but the original line-up and sound were very different.

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Spa town’s book fairs boom again

02 January 2024

Revived event in Tunbridge Wells is full with a waiting list, reflecting the strong national trend

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‘I couldn’t escape the pull of the auction house’

18 December 2023

Surrey auction house Ewbank’s has completed the transition of the business following the death of founder Chris Ewbank in June this year, at the age of 78 (Obituary, ATG No 2600).

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