South-west England

White Star Line notice

Titanic interest: Rare White Star Line notice to Olympic passengers and a Carpathia bronze medal steam ahead at auction

18 July 2024

Duke's Summer Auction in Dorchester featured a remarkable notice issued by the White Star Line to passengers on board the RMS Olympic after the sinking of its sister ship, the Titanic.


Taxidermy of extinct New Zealand birds set to fly at auction

16 July 2024

A display of huia birds from New Zealand will find its way to Moreton-in-Marsh on July 25


Storr salts bear similarities to the Pembroke Service

15 July 2024

A striking pair of William IV silver open salts by Paul Storr (London 1835) came for sale at Chorley’s (28.2% buyer’s premium inc VAT) latest biannual sale of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Gold and Watches.

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‘Holy grail’ Sex Pistols single makes record

12 July 2024

Rare copy of the most censored record in British history sells at Wiltshire auction


Tulwar sword hilt with tiger stripes reveals Tipu tempter

08 July 2024

With a rusty blade and seemingly anonymous scabbard, an ornate hilt was the key as to why an Indian tulwar sword estimated at £100-200 instead sold for a huge hammer price of £109,500 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).


Join the club for tribal art fans

08 July 2024

Late last year auctioneer and valuer Mark Huddleston received three images of a chief’s staff or pole club along with an ‘is this worth anything’ enquiry. The vendor had inherited it from his family who (by repute) had done Presbyterian missionary work in Polynesia in the 19th century.


Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes make £95,000 at auction

05 July 2024

The size 10½ shoes were worn on the Steve Allen Show in 1956 and carried an estimate of £100,000-120,000.

Freddie Mercury Shoes

Bidders go mad for Freddie Mercury’s winkle-picker shoes

04 July 2024

The black leather lace-up shoes with pointed toes worn for 1991 music video ‘I’m Going Slightly Mad’.

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Medals from an Anzac war hero take 30 times top estimate at auction

04 July 2024

How the personal story of an Anzac war hero boosted the value of a common group of medals offered at auction to 30 times the top estimate.


Georgian ring flagged up and locket with mourning glory

01 July 2024

The Fine Jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on July 10-11 features many fine antique items such as these two documentary pieces.


Picq your interest in the Parisian designer

01 July 2024

The Parisian workshop of Henri Picq does not have quite the name recognition of Cartier or LaCloche, but it was nonetheless responsible for supplying both houses with some of the most exceptional jewellery of the early 20th century.


Ray Atkins and his art as a force in nature

01 July 2024

An exhibition of work by Ray Atkins is at Belgrave St Ives. A Painter’s Odyssey will coincide with a new book about the artist’s life by Peter Davies.


Harvey’s herd but just one human

01 July 2024

‘Charming’ view by the Cornish artist lacking his usual dominant figures takes top spot in Penzance sale


Embroidered bindings boost book results

24 June 2024

Most Tudor and Stuart embroidered bindings that have survived from the 16th and 17th century cover Bibles, prayerbooks, and other devotional texts.


Collection of devoted fan sets H&R Daniel demand test

17 June 2024

Porcelain from the Staffordshire factory takes up half a sale – and it’s just the first part of a huge collection


New chapter for Bath book event

17 June 2024

Annual fair held at the city’s Assembly Rooms since 1986 starts afresh in Pavilion venue this July

Victorian centre table

Most watched: Victorian centre table attracts interest ahead of auction

11 June 2024

An intriguing Victorian centre table, in the manner of Morant & Co, is coming up for auction this week at Lay’s Antiques & Interiors sale.

Casino Royale first edition

Car boot find: Casino Royale first edition bought for £1 now pitched at five-figure sum

11 June 2024

Bought at a car boot sale for the princely sum of £1, a 1953 first edition, first impression copy of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel 'Casino Royale', in its original dust jacket, is coming to auction with a guide of £10,000-15,000.


Vincennes candleholders spark hot contest in Gloucestershire saleroom

10 June 2024

Pair of rare and early French examples offered separately create a bidding frenzy despite condition issues


Artist Kathleen Scale's work weighed up by a fresh audience

10 June 2024

The opening section of Duke’s latest Art & Design post 1880 sale was devoted to the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006).