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Original artworks from Ladybird books come to auction in Yorkshire

21 April 2017

Ladybird books, or rather some of the artworks produced for the much-loved, original pocket-size books, are to be offered by Tennants of Leyburn in two auctions this year – the first on April 28 as part of a sale of books, maps, manuscripts and prints.

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Muck and brass: Yorkshire delight at Bowman Fairs' first Skipton fleamarket

18 April 2017

Helen Bowman and Ben Wray of Bowman Fairs launched their first fleamarket earlier this month in the unusual setting of the Skipton Auction Mart in North Yorkshire. In its daily life, the venue is a cattle market.

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Spring opener creates an upbeat auction mood

18 April 2017

Generally regarded as a guide of things to come, the Spring Fine Sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) at Leyburn on March 24-25 left auctioneer Jeremy Pattison in an upbeat mood.

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Going Gothic, super Staffs and terrific tankard

18 April 2017

Dominated as they were by furniture, the March sales at Lewes and Donnington Priory included other highlights.

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Early Dinky vans in demand and delivering high prices

17 April 2017

Dinky is one of the most popular names in the toys collecting field, but with a vast array of types made in the firm’s 45-year history, where do you decide to start?

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Cult classic VW campervan defies heavy rust to sell for £23,000 at auction

05 April 2017

At first glance, a hammer price of £23,000 is a heck of a lot to pay for a vehicle distinguished only by a heavily rusted shell with headlights, bumper and assorted bits and pieces lying around forlornly.

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Diecast delights at North Yorkshire sale

01 April 2017

The Dinky Toys journey began hot on the heels of the success of Meccano’s ‘Modelled Miniatures’ series of railway accessories, launched to accompany its Hornby train sets.

A carved sculpture of Christ by Giovanni Antonio Gualterio

Spice of sales life

25 March 2017

Dealers and fairs are embracing the ‘mix it up’ approach to offering a wide range of styles and eras, as noted in our BADA fair preview (ATG No 2282).

Dr Sibley’s Solar Tincture bottle

Bottled-up demand for medicine that ‘restores life’ – auction record set for rare Victorian flask

28 October 2016

A new record for an empty English medicine bottle was set by BBR Auctions in Elsecar, North Yorkshire when a Victorian flask of ‘Dr Sibley’s Solar Tincture’ took £8200.

Boba Fett Star Wars figure auction record

‘Le Boba’ sets auction record for Star Wars figure, selling for £21,000 at Vectis

25 July 2016

A new record for a Star Wars production figure was established at Vectis' latest sale when a French issue of Boba Fett, the memorable bit-part character in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, sold for £21,000.

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Star Wars rarity – Boba Fett with firing rocket offered at Vectis’ auction

14 July 2016

The Rocket Firing Boba Fett has assumed legendary status among Star Wars collectors. Modelled in grey-blue plastic in advance of mass production by the Kenner factory in Ohio, it would forever remain a prototype figure.

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Grosvenor School collection from artist’s family offered Yorkshire auction

11 July 2016

Tennants are staging a single-owner sale featuring a collection of Grosvenor School prints that come fresh to the market after they were found stored a family home of Edith Lawrence’s (1890-1973) great nephew.

Tour de Yorkshire disrupts Harrogate fair

09 March 2015

The directors of the ‘Harrogate Antique & Fine Art Fair’ have cancelled this year’s spring event due to the clash with the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race now taking place on May 1-3.

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Why it’s all blossoming at Tennants in Leyburn…

10 October 2014

This huge installation created using more than 40 gallons of oil paints will be the centrepiece of the first exhibition to mark the launch of shows by visiting artists to The Garden Rooms at Tennants.

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Leeds flat clearance yields Qing treasure

08 August 2014

There was huge pre-sale interest from the Far East in this Qing jade table screen at the latest fine art sale held by Tennants of Leyburn.

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Matania lots give boost to Yorkshire sale

17 July 2014

Twenty lots comprising works by Anglo-Italian artist Fortunino Matania will be offered at the upcoming fine art sale being held by Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

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Nevinson watercolour at fine art sale in Yorkshire

06 March 2014

This picture by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) is being offered at the Spring Fine Art Sale being held by Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on March 28-29.

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Tennants’ £8m extension to build three new salerooms

17 June 2013

Work has begun on an £8m expansion at Tennants which will provide three new salerooms.

Legal threat to trade in documents

21 May 2013

A demand from the National Archives for lots to be withdrawn from auction at Tennants of Leyburn could have wider implications for the trade in historical documents.

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Yorkshire’s £2.6m toast to Asian series

26 November 2012

The toast of November’s clutch of Asian art sales was not to be found in London or Salisbury but in Leyburn.