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Saleroom’s very local hero from just down the road

30 January 2023

Medals awarded to a gallant soldier who was gassed in the First World War were sold at auction just a few minutes’ walk from the house where he was born.

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Windmill whirls into a shop

23 January 2023

A dealer in 18th to 20th century decorative pieces who launched a shop in the Worcestershire town of Alcester, near Stratford-upon-Avon, in October to complement his online business says business is brisk.

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Silver pineapple serves a different role

09 January 2023

A late 19th century novelty silver teapot offered at Halls (22% buyer’s premium) was made by US silversmith Gorham of Rhode Island.

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Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.

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Youngsters in business at Malvern Flea

02 January 2023

Helen Yourston of B2B Events is gearing up for the first Malvern Flea of the year on Sunday, January 15, at the Three Counties Showground where bookings are healthy at 250 traders.

NEC fair

Art & Antiques for Everyone: no fairs to be held in 2023

19 December 2022

Art & Antiques for Everyone, the fair held three times a year at Birmingham’s NEC, has been scrapped for 2023, raising concerns that it will never return.

Constable drawing

Constable’s tree sketch triples estimate at auction

19 December 2022

A small drawing by John Constable of a tree in his birthplace of East Bergholt sold for a triple-estimate £31,000 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).

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Viennese box boasts all-round benefits

19 December 2022

Comprehensive sewing kit, playing cards, mirror and pocketknife are among the attractions at Warwick sale

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Scottish football shirt bought by a Texas Ranger

19 December 2022

A happy football fan in Texas – quite possibly with Caledonian roots – is now the proud owner of the first jersey to come to auction from Rangers’ 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph over Dynamo Moscow.

Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAfE) fair

Art & Antiques for Everyone fair cancelled for 2023

14 December 2022

The much-loved event at the NEC Birmingham, that had run three times a year pre-Covid, has cancelled plans for next year.

A 1958 England International three lions badge football cap

Mullock’s saleroom makes move to new Shropshire location

12 December 2022

Mullock’s Auctions has relocated its saleroom closer to Telford.

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Butterflies send collectors all of a flutter

12 December 2022

A very fine Victorian butterfly collection formed between c.1880-1920 was offered by Minster Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Leominster on November 24.

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George Richardson: a man with high standards

12 December 2022

The sale at Minster Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Leominster on November 24 included a copy of an important work on neoclassical interiors.

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Nostradamus was predicted to do well

05 December 2022

While this 1672 first did not quite hit the high of pre-sale hopes, it was still top lot of the Shrewsbury sale.

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Zsolnay glaze perfected after his Parisian days

28 November 2022

The most desirable of the varied wares produced by the small ceramics factory established by Vilmos Zsolnay (1828-1900) in the south-west Hungarian town of Pecs are those created after the 1890s.

Beswick horse

Beswick shire horse gallops to an £11,300 top price

21 November 2022

A record for Beswick pottery was set in Stoke-on-Trent this month when a rare variant of one of the factory’s best-known models sold for a five-figure sum.

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In desperate need of furniture? Give us a shopping list

07 November 2022

It might not sound like the best business model for an auction house, but Midlands firm Richard Winterton is happy to be giving away furniture for free.

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Kent bookings bring festive cheer

07 November 2022

Venue clash means Malvern Flea is off but Detling is a definite B2B destination

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Fair report: Cotswold event has high-end appeal

31 October 2022

Vetted fair may be compact in scale but still packs a punch

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Clock fairs at the double

31 October 2022

If horology is your passion then two events coming up will prove timely.

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