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Welsh gardens event is a growth market

18 April 2017

Since its launch eight years ago, Derwen Fairs’ antiques and vintage market at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales has gone from a one to two-day run, trebled in size to 100 stands and has four dates this year.

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Seven heaven in Neath

10 April 2017

Someone else who has seen a gap in the market is Gaynor Lloyd. Her new antiques centre opened last month in Neath, seven miles north of Swansea.

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Wide world of the Welsh art market

05 April 2017

Two exhibitions mark the 25th anniversary of Welsh art specialist Martin Tinney Gallery.

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Seven bestsellers from significant Scottish and Welsh house contents sales

30 March 2017

Just like buses, you wait a long time and then three significant house contents sales turn up at once. This week saw the auction of items from the Scottish families the Forbes of Pitsligo and the Earls and Marquesses of Lothian at Sotheby’s. This was followed the next day at Bonhams by the sale of the contents of Lord Harlech's Welsh family home Glyn Cywarch in Gwynedd. A selection of the highlights are pictured here:

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Gareth Edwards Welsh rugby jersey up for auction

14 February 2017

Saturday’s last-gasp, nail-biting England victory was hailed as one of the greatest games of the Six Nations championship. Talking of rugby ‘greats’, a jersey coming up at auction on February 18 is a reminder of an earlier international player who falls into the ‘legend’ sports category.

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Lord Harlech's Kennedy letters and a painting by Queen Elizabeth I’s portraitist go to auction

01 February 2017

Intimate letters from a recently widowed Jackie Kennedy and a painting by Queen Elizabeth I’s portraitist are among the lots being auctioned from Lord Harlech’s estate. After inheriting Glyn Cywarch, the family house and grounds in Talsarnau, Gwynedd in Wales on the death of his father in February, Jasset Ormsby Gore, now the seventh Lord Harlech, decided to put his film production career on hold to focus on the estate. To fund the upkeep of the Grade II-listed property he made the decision to auction off 400 lots at Bonhams on March 29.

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Welsh whisky bottles sell for over £14,000 at Carmarthen auction

20 December 2016

English wines are steadily gaining a reputation for decent quality, with sparkling styles in particular starting to challenge Champagne as an alternative patriotic option. Back in 1889, it was Welsh whisky throwing the gauntlet down to Scotland in the hope of supping long-running success.

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Lord Harlech to sell family collection at Bonhams

14 November 2016

The new Lord Harlech, music video-maker Jasset Ormsby Gore, is offering 400 items at auction from his family estate.

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The Irish 20p coin from 1985 which could be worth £7000-8000

25 October 2016

It is not always the most obviously valuable coins that make the most at auction. Or even the ones with the highest original value. A humble Irish 20p dating from the relatively recent year of 1985 is a good case in point.

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New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

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High hopes for drunken night Dylan Thomas doodle at Welsh auction

09 September 2016

The market for Dylan Thomas memorabilia remains strong, says the auctioneer who is hoping for Welsh, English and American bidding on one of the poet's doodle that he is offering.

Isaac Oliver's portrait of Lord Herbert of Cherbury

Jacobean miniature acquired by National Trust for Powis Castle

17 August 2016

The National Trust has acquired an important Jacobean portrait miniature for £2.1m from a private seller in a sale brokered by Omnia Art.

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Unique printing of early rugby rules makes £13,000 at Cardiff auction

25 May 2016

An early printed copy of the laws of rugby appeared at Rogers Jones in Cardiff as part of a themed sale titled Sweat, Mud & Blood. Auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said: ”In 25 years of our business, it is the most valuable book we have sold and probably the smallest.”

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‘Yongzheng’ vase posts £114,500 record for Carmarthen auction house

09 November 2015

Welsh auctioneers Peter Francis set a new house record when this 8in (19cm) celadon glazed vase sold via the-saleroom.com to a bidder from mainland China for £114,500.

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All Blacks jersey sets world record for a rugby shirt

13 October 2015

Lot number one in Rogers Jones’ latest sale provided both a world record result and a house record for the Welsh auctioneers.

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The shirt of original All Blacks legend

30 September 2015

Timing is everything in sport and at auction. With New Zealand firm favourites to retain the Webb Ellis Cup on October 31, this is surely the moment to sell the jersey of a legendary All Black.

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Edward VIII Nazi salute photos on sale at Morgan Evans

27 July 2015

A photo album showing the former King Edward VIII giving Nazi salutes is on offer for the first time in 30 years, auctioneers Morgan Evans have revealed.

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Life imitates art for Dylan Thomas’ boathouse gate

02 September 2014

In May actor Michael Sheen starred in a BBC Wales TV adaptation of ‘Under Milk Wood’ and has taken part in several Dylan Thomas tributes in this centenary year of the poet’s birth.

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Nantgarw Friends to hold Bank Holiday antiques fair to help with fundraising drive

21 August 2014

In April 2013, the Nantgarw China Works Trust took on the lease of the site of the Nantgarw pottery where porcelain was produced under the aegis of William Billingsley between 1813-14 and again from 1817-19.

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English delftware remembering a difficult year for George II – and the Queen’s teeth

20 June 2014

The year 1737 was something of an annus horribilis for George II.

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