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Salerooms aim to create a home from home when dispersing traditional country house contents

13 May 2019

With ‘on the premises’ country house contents sales now so rare, the more usual practice is for the better pieces to be removed to saleroom bases.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

13 May 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Lord Braybrooke’s model locomotive collection steams into auction

26 March 2019

Nine scratch-built scale model steam locomotives from the collection of the late Lord Braybrooke, pioneer of large-scale garden railways, sold for more than £200,000 in Berkshire.

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Viscountess Astor’s aquamarine jewel sparkles in Newbury

18 March 2019

An impressive Edwardian aquamarine and diamond brooch with a provenance to the first lady to take her seat as an MP in the UK sold for £54,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at auction this month.

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Elizabethan beaker is rare survivor of war meltdown

11 March 2019

Silver across five centuries caught the eye at provincial sales in February.

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Pat Douthwaite and Mary Fedden come to the fore in Edinburgh sale

11 March 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is holding an auction of Modern & Contemporary art, sculpture and design at The Mall Galleries in London on March 27 under the title Modern Made.

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Double window panels at triple value

04 March 2019

Two Victorian stained-glass and leaded window panels entered by the same vendor trebled the estimates in selling to the same UK online bidder at Special Auction Services (17.5% buyer’s premium) on February 5.

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Memorabilia from the estate of Are You Being Served? actor John Inman pops up at Newbury auction house

01 March 2019

The sale of a collection of John Inman memorabilia at auction has highlighted the 1970s star enduring popularity with collectors across the UK.

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Street artist Pure Evil to host Berkshire auction house Dawson’s next design sale in east London gallery

12 February 2019

The Welsh artist, whose real name is Charles Uzzell-Edwards, runs his Pure Evil Galleries on Leonard Street in Hoxton, east London, and Dawson’s will hold its third Design At Home auction at the venue on April 7.

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Concorde memorabilia found in an old box of paperwork flies into auction in Berkshire

05 February 2019

Rare memorabilia from the supersonic jet Concorde that was found in a box of paperwork will be offered in April at Special Auction Services (SAS).

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Lots from Russian dealership Iconastas Gallery go under the hammer at Berkshire auction

24 January 2019

The latest dispersal of objects from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery went under the hammer at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead last weekend.

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Costume designs by Russian avant-garde artist come to auction in Berkshire

16 January 2019

Watercolours by artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) are to be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers of Maidenhead from the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery.

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It’s a ‘copper comeback’, says Hungerford dealer

21 December 2018

An antiques dealer for nearly 40 years and the long-time owner of Below Stairs in Hungerford, Stewart Hofgartner, pictured below, is a colourful character.

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Stuart and early Georgian silver from early 20th century collector starts Kent sale with aplomb

17 December 2018

On the market for the first time in at least 60 years, and in some cases for more than a century, a small collection of 17th and 18th century silver accounted for a fraction of the lots but 20% of the total at the two-day winter sale at Canterbury Auction Galleries (24% buyer’s premium).

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Steiff teddy bear all dressed up for a wedding

10 December 2018

This very rare bear shown below made a very high price for such a small fellow – just 14cm (5½in) high.

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Preview: Dreweatts has high hopes for a pair of George III marquetry card tables and a Rodin cast this week

19 November 2018

Revitalised by the arrival in late summer of former Bellmans chief Jonathan Pratt as managing director, Dreweatts is preparing for two key auctions at its Donnington Priory saleroom this week on November 21 and 22.

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Cash in the Alnwick Castle attic

19 November 2018

Including, as it did, pieces from Alnwick Castle, an ‘attic sale’ based on the Duke of Northumberland’s home was guaranteed to generate more interest than many similarly titled auctions.

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Online sale discovers fascinating Burton collection

12 November 2018

A recent online sale that ran to just 35 lots and closed on October 25 offered a single-owner collection of works by the Victorian explorer and writer, Sir Richard Burton.

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Creative Devlin at Dreweatts

12 November 2018

This amethyst and cultured pearl ring and brooch is by Stuart Devlin (1931-2018) – the Australian-born designer and craftsman the Duke of Edinburgh described as “probably the most original and creative goldsmith and silversmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time”.

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Duke and Duchess of Windsor snap from ‘Jumpology’ photo shoot comes to auction

06 November 2018

Photographer Phillipe Halsman loved to take photos of famous people jumping. He once said: “Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. I was motivated by a genuine curiosity.