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Where to be: Five auctions and fairs in the Midlands next week

19 October 2018

Next week's Midlands events include the next edition of IACF's Bingley Hall Antiques and Collectors fair and a technology auction.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

08 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

The Wealth of Nations

Auction of Staffordshire manor house contents unearths first edition copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations

24 September 2018

A first edition copy of Adam Smith’s 'The Wealth of Nations' has been unearthed during final preparations for the sale of the contents of a Staffordshire manor house.

Dominic Winter

Marking three decades with the Dominic Winter anniversary sale

24 September 2018

Founder remembered as anniversary sale sheds light on evolution of the Narnia Chronicles

Only Fools and Horses

‘Only Fools and Horses’ fans dressed as Batman and Robin win Midlands auction to buy prop from TV series

21 September 2018

A prop that featured in the BBC comedy ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has sold for a hammer price of £28,000 (plus 24% buyer's premium including VAT) at Dudley auction house Aston's. The winning bidders arrived at the saleroom suitably attired – in a Batman and Robin costume.

Aaron Dean of Trevanion & Dean

Bidders snap up letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection at Trevanion & Dean auction

21 September 2018

A group of 66 letters from the collection of an important patron of Pre-Raphaelite artists raised a £25,000 total at Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

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Fine chalice choice at Stourbridge auction

17 September 2018

Two Worcester ‘Limoges’ chalices were the star lots at Stourbridge auction house Fieldings (21% buyer’s premium).

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Heraldic manuscripts lead Halls sale in Shrewsbury

10 September 2018

Two lots offering heraldic manuscripts – one of them being of particular regional interest – produced the highest bids in a mixed sale of collectables and militaria held in Shrewsbury.

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Swedish jewellery and portrait miniature in Leominster sale

03 September 2018

A demi-parure of mid-18th century Swedish gold jewellery offered by Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium) in Leominster was accompanied by a painted portrait miniature of the original owner wearing the set. The miniature, although uninscribed, was dated 1845.

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Republicans in Leominster

27 August 2018

Topping two days of steady selling and 750 wide-ranging lots at Leominster saleroom Brightwells’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) summer auction was a Republic period cong-form vase in the style of the renowned Qianjiang School artist Wang Yeting.

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Faed feeds into genre theme

20 August 2018

This small scene by Scottish genre painter Thomas Faed (1826-1900) shown below sold for a quadruple-estimate £8500 at Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium).

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A £7500 toast to the Dutch East India Company

20 August 2018

A valuation day find for Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium), this Dutch-engraved East India Company baluster goblet c.1760, took a multi-estimate £7500 in Evesham.

Aaron Dean of Trevanion & Dean

Rossetti the salesman – unrecorded letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection discovered in house clearance

17 August 2018

A large cache of letters from Victorian artists including founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) have been consigned to Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

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Pick of the Week: Crane leaves them wanting Maw

13 August 2018

The Shropshire pottery, Maw & Co of Jackfield, is best known for the mass production of earthenware tiles and architectural ceramics.

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Spitfire flypasts and vintage makeovers: New festival at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford launchs this weekend

10 August 2018

A new Vintage and Handmade Festival launches this weekend at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire.

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Visitors go for porcelain and ceramics at summer edition of Birmingham fair

03 August 2018

Porcelain, pottery and ceramics were among the best-sellers at the most recent edition of ‘Art & Antiques for Everyone’, which took place at Birmingham’s NEC last month.

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Pounce pot is example of work by successful Georgian female silversmith

23 July 2018

As collecting evolves, many pieces of decorative, and historically captivating, Georgian silver are priced very keenly at both auction and retail.

Potteries Auctions

Staffordshire auction house expands in the Potteries

17 July 2018

Staffordshire’s Potteries Auctions is expanding with a second saleroom to increase its auction frequency to two a month.

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Malvern flea looks for bumper summer

16 July 2018

After a slow start to the year, the Malvern Flea and Collectors’ Fair is looking forward to a bumper summer.

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Grand Prix car in garden shed

16 July 2018

Found in a garden shed during a house clearance, this unrestored version of a classic c.1950 pedal car, below, attracted bidders online, on the phones and in the Wolverhampton rooms of Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) on June 22.

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