South-west England


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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque sold for £9100 at Bristol auction

14 June 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires was hammered down at £9100 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at auction in Bristol.

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A Brilliant response to studio sale

10 June 2019

A maquette for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square – valued at £20,000 on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow – was the top lot in a sale of works from the Polish-born artist Fredda Brilliant (1903-99).

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Your carriage clock awaits at regional auctions

10 June 2019

The series of Victorian carriage clocks by James McCabe – the son of a Belfast clockmaker of the same name who came to London in the 1770s and worked at the Royal Exchange from 1804 – are typically beautifully made with exemplary twin fusee striking movements.

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Thomas Mercer chronometer made in modern times doubles estimate in Gloucestershire

10 June 2019

By the 1980s, Thomas Mercer of St Albans had made almost a third of all chronometers in history – including that used by Ernest Shackleton to navigate his men to Elephant Island and eventual rescue during the Trans-Arctic Expedition of 1914.

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Longcase clock by Thomas Mudge gives a nudge in new direction

10 June 2019

A mahogany longcase clock by Thomas Mudge (1715-94) is priced at £45,000 from Cheltenham dealer Tobias Birch.

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Complex clocks make sharp auction sellers

10 June 2019

The complex precision electromechanical pendulum clocks made by William Hamilton-Shortt, engineer for the London & South Western Railway, and Frank Hope Jones, horologist of the Synchronome Company, were the most accurate pendulum clocks ever commercially produced.

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‘Barn find’ dial clock sells at over ten-times estimate

10 June 2019

Estimated at a token £100-200, a large twin fusee wall clock sold to an online bid of £2400 (plus premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms (17% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham.

Bronze maquette of of Mahatma Gandhi by Fredda Brilliant

Mahatma Gandhi sculpture more than doubles Antiques Roadshow valuation at Salisbury auction

05 June 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at £20,000 six years ago on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by dealer Philip Mould drew a lengthy bidding battle at auction today.

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Stolen Asian art recovered but much still missing from museum's collection

03 June 2019

Police have recovered a haul of stolen Asian artworks and returned them to the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

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Distinct Barns-Graham images depict a distant isle

03 June 2019

An acrylic on paper of Timanfaya, the only active volcano on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), is one of the highlights of the exhibition A Distant Isle.

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Staying alive by the grace of god

03 June 2019

Pamphlet in later royal binding offers thanksgiving for James I’s survival of Gunpowder Plot.

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Aviation gives a £21,300 sale lift at Dominic Winter

03 June 2019

Part of the flying section of the most recent of the Military, Aviation & Transport History sales that are a regular feature of the calendar at Dominic Winter offered a collection of ephemera related to the earlier years of European civil aviation.

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Rowlandson's racehorse auction scene sells bid to £22,000 in Gloucestershire

03 June 2019

A watercolour of a thoroughbred racehorse auction appeared at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, on May 21 – 123 years to the day since it had itself last sold at auction.

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Fifteen foot long Monty Python credits scroll comes to auction in Bristol

30 May 2019

East Bristol Auctions is to offer a 15 ft-long credit scroll from an episode of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’.

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Da Qian is Woolley & Wallis’s 11th £1m-plus lot

27 May 2019

A painting by the celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) sold for £2.3m (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis.

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Make a racket purchase in a magical selection of antiques

27 May 2019

Two rackets rackets (no, you aren’t seeing double) are on offer at the exhibition '#7 – It’s a Magic Number', organised by Cotswolds dealers Manfred Schotten and Christopher Clarke Antiques.

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Furniture rolls back the years

27 May 2019

Two collections assembled since the late 1960s enthuse a fresh generation of buyers.

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Exceptional farmhouse table brings excellent price

27 May 2019

Catalogued as ‘exceptional’, this farmhouse refectory table fulfilled the auctioneer’s adjective in more than one way at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in Dorchester on April 26.

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Two salerooms make cards the real deal at top-deck levels

27 May 2019

Playing cards from two recent provincial sales are featured here – five examples from a 250-lot, single-owner collection offered in Gloucestershire, and a single pack from a Worcestershire sale.

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Elisabeth Frink maquette flies to five figures

27 May 2019

Inside Manchester Airport stands a sculpture dedicated to John Alcock and Arthur Brown, two aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919.

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