Tessa Lewis

Movers and shakers: new faces at Roseberys and Bristol Auction Rooms among the latest arts and antiques appointments

22 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles across the art and antiques trade reveals Roseberys, Bristol Auction Rooms and Bonhams have all made new hires this summer.

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Full steam ahead: 5 pieces of railwayana available at auction this week

15 August 2018

Railway-related items remain one of the staples of the collectables market, with rarity and links to locomotive history among the key factors determining demand. Here ATG selects a small group of items from the healthy supply of lots on offer at two auctions taking place this week.


Market confidence as regional firms invest in expansion

23 July 2018

Auction houses in Bristol, Staffordshire and Norfolk have chosen to invest in new premises this year. Suggesting continued confidence in the regional auction market, Bristol Auction Rooms, Potteries Auctions and TW Gaze are planning to open new salerooms by the autumn.

Fork handles, not four candles… original draft script makes £28,000

11 June 2018

Written in red ink on four sheets, the original draft script of Ronnie Barker’s famous ‘Fork Handles’ TV sketch of 1976 has been sold for £28,000.

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Two Ronnies’ Fork Handles script sells at Bristol auction

04 June 2018

A famous Ronnie Barker script that first came to light during an episode of the Antiques Roadshow in 2006 has been hammered down at £28,000.

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Legendary Two Ronnies’ Fork Handles script comes to Bristol auction room

30 May 2018

A famous Ronnie Barker script that first came to light during an episode of the Antiques Roadshow in 2006 is to be offered at auction this week.


Armchairs show Howard & Sons furniture holding up

28 May 2018

Throughout the furniture depression, late Victorian and Edwardian chairs and sofas produced by the London firm of upholsterers Howard & Sons maintained their prices.


Rare pre-First World War photographs of Winston Churchill painting come to auction in Bristol

14 May 2018

Prime minister, politician, army officer, war journalist and writer - Winston Churchill had many talents, but it was while painting that he truly relaxed.

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Dalek playsuit for when little ones want to exterminate, exterminate

10 May 2018

I could wax lyrical about the full-size Dalek coming up for auction at a Staffordshire auction house Richard Winterton on May 21. But various versions tend to be offered relatively frequently, to be honest. How often do you have the chance to buy a ‘Dalek Playsuit’, though?


Mystery lot which was just the job at auction

19 February 2018

A very modestly estimated job lot of 25 or so books offered in a recent West Country auction went on to sell for £6500 – but what got some bidders excited?


Very early aviation photos at auction show first commercial flight in England

07 February 2018

What would you guess was the purpose of the first ever commercial flight taken in England? Taking passengers from London to Edinburgh perhaps? Or maybe a sightseeing trip over tourist attractions?


Whalebone cane strolls to £17,000

13 November 2017

A mid-19th century scrimshaw carved whalebone walking cane sold for a house record of £17,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at East Bristol Auctions on November 9.

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Early international caps at auction won by footballer Fatty Wedlock

09 November 2017

Footballer Neil Ruddock’s nickname was Razor Ruddock. Brian Kilcline became Killer Kilcline. Going back a bit further, Ron Harris roved on the pitch as Chopper Harris. Going back a lot further, Billy Wedlock’s nickname was Fatty. Or the India Rubber Man.

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Star Wars Jawa figures up at auction show extra value of pristine packaging

12 October 2017

Much as I enjoyed playing with my Star Wars figures, eagerly ripping them from the packaging instead of keeping them pristine would have damaged my earning power in future years had I consigned them to auction.


The Wolfe family at play in Wheatley’s Irish period

02 October 2017

An Irish family portrait attributed to Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) led the picture section at Clevedon Salerooms (20% buyer’s premium) on September 14 in Bristol.


Edna O’Brien’s 'The Country Girls' trilogy offered at Bristol fair

26 June 2017

Written in 1960, Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls broke the silence on sex in a socially repressive Ireland, seen through the lives of Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls yearning for love who move from rural Ireland to Dublin to find it.


Rhymney on right track

30 May 2017

A lamp from a wagon that once travelled a 50-mile stretch of track linking the docks of Cardiff to the collieries of the south Wales valleys was hammered down in Bristol at £6300 (plus 18% buyer’s premium).

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Rare railway lamp highlight of East Bristol Auctions’ transport sale

26 May 2017

A lamp from a wagon that once travelled a 50-mile stretch of track linking the docks of Cardiff to the collieries of the south Wales valleys was hammered down at a Bristol auction for £6300.


Vintage events to expand in West Country and Midlands this summer

24 April 2017

Keeley Harris is so pleased with the way her vintage home shows are going that she is expanding them.


Shop talk – Focus on the Past

25 March 2017

In the continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Alison Roylance, owner of Focus on the Past antiques centre, Clifton Village, Bristol.