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Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein

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.

Dylan Thomas sketch

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.

Laws of Rugby

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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Collecting couple to sell 50 pieces of Welsh pottery at Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair

30 May 2014

Coming to the Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair organised by Towy Fairs at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest next weekend (June 7-8) are some 50 pieces of richly-glazed Ewenny pottery.

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Swansea tea caddy makes £9000

09 January 2014

Top price of the day at Peter Francis’ recent sale in Carmarthen was provided by this 4½in (11cm) Swansea creamware tea caddy made in the early years of the Cambrian Pottery.

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Cardiff sale lifts Sir Kyffin into the premier league of prices

30 August 2013

A number of oil paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006) gave a major fillip to Rogers Jones’ first sale in their new Cardiff saleroom. The results included the highest price ever seen for one of his works sold at auction.

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Globes from 1816 take £50,000 in Wales

09 April 2013

This pair of full-size library globes was the pick of more than 800 lots from a Pembrokeshire country house sold by Carmarthen firm Peter Francis.

Duchess of Cambridge gives Anglesey lead in celebrity stakes

21 November 2012

Newbury may have had Kirstie Allsopp, Ardingly may have had Cara Delevingne and many a London fair or market can boast of celebrity visits – but far-off Anglesey has now trumped them all.

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Beardsley’s drawing of Chopin knocked down to Maas

13 August 2012

An illustration of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was the star attraction at a recent auction in Wales.

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Beardsley’s drawing of Chopin

12 July 2012

Appearing in Carmarthen on July 24, this illustration of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin by author Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was discovered during a routine house call by auctioneers Peter Francis.

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Pope’s hat in Carmarthen

21 May 2012

This papal skull cap or zuchetto will feature in the fine art and antiques auction at Peter Francis of Carmarthen on May 29.

Centre thieves strike as silver price soars

16 May 2011

THE day after bullion prices peaked, thieves broke into an antiques centre in Cardiff and escaped with a haul of antique silver valued at thousands of pounds.

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