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Red Bed eulogised by Nancy Mitford from Faringdon House up for auction

11 April 2018

Nancy Mitford was so enamoured with a particular bed that she wrote about it lovingly in the 1950s.


Sheep dip sign makes it through the snowdrifts

26 March 2018

Deep snowdrifts accompanied the March 2 sale at Chippenham Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Wiltshire.


Clarice Cliff: Bizarre patterns across the UK

19 March 2018

Much of the Clarice Cliff pottery that finds its way into UK salerooms is relatively inexpensive. However, a clutch of pieces by the Staffordshire born and bred designer due to go under the hammer over the next few weeks will attract those in the hunt for scarcer works.


Stylish venue Wilton House is setting for March antiques fair

26 February 2018

The Palladian home of the Earls of Pembroke will host the 41st staging of venerable vetted antiques fair on March 2-4.

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Large collection of toy robots marches into Wiltshire auction

18 January 2018

If you worried about robots becoming a threat to jobs, or even to humanity, look away now. If you are, however, fascinated by the more benign impact of toy robots, then keep on reading about a Chippenham Auction Rooms sale.


Tibet in the frame from golf to gore

11 December 2017

Wiltshire auction house Henry Aldridge & Son (17.5% buyer’s premium) has established a reputation for Titanic memorabilia thanks to two specialist sales a year. Thanks to a lot sold in the November 11 auction, the Devizes firm also has a handy sideline in early photographs of Tibet.

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Charity Christmas event at Digger & Mojo features Marc Allum of BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’

08 December 2017

Digger & Mojo’s annual Christmas event takes place tomorrow at its Wiltshire showroom.


Elvis divorce papers and an Einstein thank you note head to auction in Wiltshire

02 November 2017

A Mercedes Benz, a Cadillac, a 1971 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, $100,000 in cash and half the income of California rental homes around Beverly Hills and Palm Springs.

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Last known letter written aboard the Titanic sells for £100,000 at auction

23 October 2017

The last known letter written on the Titanic by a victim before it sunk in the Atlantic in 1912 has set an auction record for a letter from the doomed ship.

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British Rail totem sign sale reveals poetic tale of Dilton Marsh

18 October 2017

When all the horrible roads are finally done for, and there’s no more petrol left in the world to burn, here to the halt from Salisbury and from Bristol, steam trains will return. So wrote John Betjeman in his 1969 in his poem in defence of the closure-threatened Dilton Marsh Halt.


Orange glass adds colour to Wiltshire show

11 September 2017

Dealers Delomosne & Son are opening an exhibition of English baluster glasses this month.

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Antiques dealer alerts trade to fraud after scam involving 18th century painting

01 August 2017

An antiques and art dealer is asking the trade to be aware of a scam after a painting was fraudulently purchased from the gallery in Wiltshire.

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Elvis Presley’s first music agency contract goes to auction in Wiltshire

20 July 2017

Auctioneer Henry Aldridge & Son is known for its Titanic memorabilia sales but this weekend it will shake things up and auction items from rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley.


Rotating rarity turns heads in Wiltshire

10 July 2017

Highly collectable in itself, this 1920s car showroom lightbox advertising sign, right, had extra appeal to one bidder at automobilia specialists Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Chippenham on June 16.


Three country house car boot sales coming up

05 June 2017

The country house car boot season, mostly held to raise funds for charities, is dominated by the mammoth annual fixture held in the grounds of Wilton House, near Salisbury, the seat of the Earls of Pembroke.


Dreamlike scene of Peak District stone circle sells in Wiltshire

02 May 2017

A painting by British landscape artist Harry Epworth Allen (1894-1958) drew a flurry of bids at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium) in Corsham near Bath on March 29-31.

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Brunel and an older form of Great Western rail frustration

25 April 2017

Delays and overspends on the Great Western route out of London are frustrating but letters up for auction on April 29 reveal that things didn’t always go smoothly even for the brilliant engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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Titanic survivor fur coat worn in lifeboat sells at auction

25 April 2017

The appetite for collecting Titanic memorabilia remains huge judging by the latest dedicated auction in which a fur coat worn by a member of the crew was offered.

5 Questions: Nick Arkell of Walton House Antiques

18 April 2017

Nick Arkell is one of the owners of Walton House Antiques, a shop in Mere, Wiltshire, which specialises in furniture, fine art and antiques. He is exhibiting at the ADFL Petworth fair.


Petroliana fuels collector demand

18 April 2017

The collective noun ‘petroliania’ may be unfamiliar to some readers, but it’s a useful and profitable one as evidenced at the biannual sales held by Chippenham Auctions’ sister-auction house Richard Edmonds (20% buyer’s premium).