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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Manchester United enamel pin badge sold at auction for 20-times estimate

22 February 2017

The white shirt bears a dark ‘V’ across the front more like St Helens rugby league team, but the ball underneath is unmistakably round rather than oval. Then the words ‘Manchester United’ emblazoned below the figure give the game away.

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Victorian gold ring sells in Bristol auction as part of Flog It! visit

15 February 2017

A Bristol filming session for the BBC's TV show Flog It! series saw the multi-estimate sale of this Victorian gold ring.

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Crumbs! Biscuit tins head for Bristol auction

30 January 2017

Are these Egyptian vases? Is that a handbag? In fact these objects are biscuit tins. Bristol Auction Rooms is offering for sale a single owner collection of Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins. 'The Art of the Tin' sale will include around 30 lots at Bristol Auction Rooms' Antiques & Furnishings auction on February 2 at its Ashton saleroom.

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Action Man collection on sale at East Bristol Auctions

25 January 2017

What is the next collecting area about to take off when it comes to toys? As detailed often in ATG, rare Star Wars figures are now making big money. Lego is another popular market as 40 and 50-somethings settle down, get wealthier and get nostalgic about the toys they played with as kids.

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Lego HO scale plastic cars roar into Astons West Midlands auction

06 December 2016

Star Wars, Action Man and plastic soldiers are just three of the toy collectable fields growing in demand as buyers get all nostalgic about their childhoods. Another biggie in this market is Lego.

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Bristol auctioneer plans Lego-only sale

24 November 2016

East Bristol Auctions is holding a Lego sale next month. With more than 300 lots, the firm claims the auction will be the world’s first dedicated Lego toy sale.

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First World War Red Baron victim's aircraft fabric on auction in Bristol

31 October 2016

Manfred von Richthofen aka the Red Baron is one of those historical figures with a high fascination value, meaning high demand for relics.

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Original Ghostbusters merchandise at specialist toy auction in Bristol

25 July 2016

Who you gonna call? If you have ectoplasm seeping through the floorboards then ‘Ghostbusters’ is the obvious answer, shouted loudly.

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Bath museum buys Wood the Elder’s instruments at Clevedon auction

31 March 2016

John Wood the Elder’s (1704-54) set of drawing instruments were offered at Clevedon Auction Rooms earlier this month and were bought by the Bath Preservation Trust for £21,000.

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Majolica masterpieces buck the trend

30 November 2015

Two versions of a celebrated German majolica tureen appeared for sale in a matter of weeks – both bringing sterling prices in an otherwise soft market for 19th century ceramics.