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Rail rarity sets out on a new route

30 March 2020

A very early railway guide, still in the original decorative boards, was a rare and unusual lot in a recent held by Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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The minaudière from Mr Arpels

30 March 2020

The minaudière, a case for storing several personal items in a small space, first appeared during the 1930s.

Fellows auction

Fellows sticks to family values as jewellery auction is staged from owner’s home

27 March 2020

Auction house Fellows of Birmingham has started holding live online sales of jewellery and watches ‘from home’. Managing director and auctioneer Stephen Whittaker conducted the latest sale in his own front room in rural Shropshire.

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Hawk bell recalls sad story of Duleep Singh

23 March 2020

There was no shortage of desirable names among the 1370-lot Fine & Decorative three-day sale at Kingham & Orme (23% buyer’s premium), such as Charles Ashbee, Omar Ramsden, Lalique, Christopher Dresser and William de Morgan.

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SAS trooper's collection: a special force of the saleroom

16 March 2020

The best-seller lists these days will always include a good number of explosive memoirs written by special forces veterans and their heroic stories usually also mean high interest at auction.

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Bosleys moves auction from Marlow to Staffordshire and launches new sale format

16 March 2020

Bosleys has launched a new format for its auctions, including a move from Marlow to Staffordshire.

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Lowry harbour scene: more to mum’s taste

16 March 2020

It was scenes of pleasure boats at Lytham St Anne’s on the Lancashire coast like the one shown below that Lowry’s mother supposedly favoured over her son’s darker industrial scenes.

Art and Antiques for Everyone

First major UK antiques fair to be cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

10 March 2020

The spring Art & Antiques for Everyone fair at the NEC has become the first major UK antiques fair to be cancelled following the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fellows sets house auction record for Hermès Birkin handbag

25 February 2020

A Hermès Birkin 2013 matte black Porosus crocodile handbag was hammered down at £19,000.

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The day the ‘Tipton Slasher’ met his match

24 February 2020

This mid-19th century oil of a bare-knuckle prize fight is thought to depict a famous bout between Victorian boxers William Perry (1819-88) and Tom Sayers (1826-65).

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Gripping money-makers beyond Bond and Star Wars

17 February 2020

Not all the posters making four figures at auction fall into the usual Star Wars/James Bond/Hammer/early horror bracket.

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Moseley Antiques Emporium closes after a quarter of a century

17 February 2020

Moseley Antiques Emporium south of Birmingham city centre is closing after more than 25 years in business.

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And the award for ‘best antiques in a movie’ goes to…

10 February 2020

Ever been distracted by the antiques in a movie or TV series and wondered if they were ‘right’ or where they came from?

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Continuity reveals details of new Bingley Hall event

10 February 2020

As announced in ATG No 2428, Continuity Fairs has taken over the Bingley Hall Antiques Fair, which had been held by IACF at the Staffordshire County Showground from mid-2018 to December 2019.

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Caughley porcelain stays local for sale at Halls

10 February 2020

Caughley Porcelain was founded in Shropshire (at Broseley) so it is hardly surprising that local saleroom Halls has been offering its fair share of consignments from this 18th century factory whose wares rivalled those of the Staffordshire potteries and Worcester in particular.

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Object lessons from Malvern dealers

10 February 2020

Despite or perhaps because of their macabre nature, antique medical instruments have a strong following, both among practitioners and general buyers.

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Horses for courses at Malvern flea

10 February 2020

Dealers have their favoured pitches at B2B’s Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, as ATG discovers

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Continuity for the venerable Bingley Hall fair

03 February 2020

Bingley Hall Antiques Fair at the Staffordshire County Showground will be managed by Continuity Fairs which has taken over the running of it from IACF.

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Portrait of the ‘ablest man in the army’ makes over 60-times estimate at Hansons

03 February 2020

This 19th century half-length portrait right depicts the Anglo-Irish soldier and politician William Carr Beresford (1768-1854) who fought alongside The Duke of Wellington.

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Vietnamese bidding boosts Royal Worcester results

03 February 2020

A coffee service decorated in the round by William Powell was one of a quartet of early 20th century Royal Worcester offerings to go way above estimate, largely fuelled by bidding from Vietnam, at Fieldings (20% buyer’s premium).

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