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Spanish collection all stacks up

26 October 2020

Printed volumes and manuscripts contain many rare works and unusual material

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Pick of the week: Replica great auk is real winner at auction

19 October 2020

A Rowland Ward replica of a great auk – the flightless seabird that became extinct in the mid 19th century – sold at auction in Gloucestershire for £25,000.

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Venetian works by ‘follower of’ Canaletto make big sums in their own right

19 October 2020

A high-quality veduta of Venice by one of Canaletto’s followers was the runaway star at Chorley’s (22.5/15/12.5/10% buyer’s premium) two-day auction in Gloucestershire.

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Dealer offers forerunner of the modern sofa bed

19 October 2020

In the campaign furniture market, provenance and an interesting story behind the owner are important.

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Early 18th century documents detailing a slavery abolitionist's ill-fated project emerge at auction

17 October 2020

Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an African island to prove plantations could be run without slavery.

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BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER: Top quality works…and Trump

28 September 2020

Future president’s 'How to Get Rich' is a curious feature of a bumper summer sales week

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André Masson paintings from a V&A curator bring interest at Dominic Winter

21 September 2020

The works of French painter André Masson (1896-1987) are regarded as a bridge between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

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Watch tested to not quite destruction

14 September 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master, originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights, was made as an aviator watch.

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All about information sharing

31 August 2020

Wider spectrum of buyers means presenting catalogue entries in greater detail can pay off

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Pick of the week: Tiny box with calligraphy from the ‘Little man of Nuremberg’ who excelled at micro masterpieces

17 August 2020

Matthias Buchinger (1674-1740), the so-called ‘Little Man of Nuremberg’, was just 2ft 5in (74cm) tall. Born in Ansbach without legs and having truncated arms without fingers, he nonetheless excelled at many occupations associated with physical dexterity.

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Vernacular crafts treasured for innate charm make hefty sums in the saleroom

17 August 2020

Some aspects of the traditional antiques market continue to perform with zest – and ‘folk art’ is among them.

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Signed Oscar Wilde work is among literary highlights of a mixed auction

17 August 2020

Spread over two days and running to 600 lots, a very mixed sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) included Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of being Earnest' as one of the literary high spots.

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Samplers thread their way from orphanage to auction

17 August 2020

Estimated at just £30-50, a late 19th century sampler sold via thesaleroom.com for £1850 at Wotton Auction Rooms (18% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire. A clue to the appeal is the inscription 'M Mountain, 5 Orphan House, Ashley Down, Bristol, 1879'.

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Police call for help to find stolen Cotswolds post box sawn from its mount

13 August 2020

A Royal Mail post box has been sawn from its mount in a Cotswold village and local police are hoping to trace it.

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Film producer buys Seacole bust for 101 times the estimate

10 August 2020

A terracotta sculpture of Mary Seacole (1805-81) sparked fierce competition at Dominic Winter.

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Bust of British-Jamaican Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole sells for £101,000 at auction and heads to Nightingale Museum

04 August 2020

A terracotta sculpture of Mary Seacole (1805-81), who nursed dying and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, will go on display in the Florence Nightingale Museum after it was sold at auction last week.

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Winter auction goes supersize

29 June 2020

South Cerney sale of nearly 900 lots mirrors the huge offerings held in Germany

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Georgian card table at Chorley's stands out from the pack

04 May 2020

Such has been the fall in prices of Georgian card tables that it has become the norm for auctioneers to estimate most at well below £1000.

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Here’s the real Samuel Palmer…

20 April 2020

Samuel Palmer (1805-81) prints are not unusual on the market but one of two that were offered as a single lot at Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham carried an interesting inscription by the artist’s son, AH Palmer.

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‘I felt more like a YouTuber than an auctioneer’

06 April 2020

There were two in the room when British Bespoke Auctions held a four-and-a half hour sale last week. On the rostrum on April 1, in an office rather than the saleroom (which is closed), was Nicholas Granger. Behind him was Bella, a blue-and-gold macaw who has been by his side for 20 years.