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One of the lots from the January 29 Bosleys online badge auction: a Machine Gun Guards First World War officer’s 1916 silver and enamel cap star – £780 (estimate £500-800). It came from a private overseas collection formed in the 1960s-90s and sold to an established private UK collector via commission bid.

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“We made the decision to move our public auctions to our Ravon Court Saleroom in Stafford [used by sister company Marlows],” said Steven Bosley. “This has proved a very difficult decision to make, after 25 years of auctioneering at Court Gardens, but weighing up all the advantages to our clients, it seems to be the way to take Bosleys forward for the next 25 years.” The next public auction in Stafford is on June 3.

The sales will be kept to a manageable 500-600 lots per sale by including more lots in quarterly online-only badge sales planned for April 8, July and November.

Bosley added: “The introduction of live internet bidding, which has enabled bidders to sit in the comfort of their homes while they bid in real time, had increased the number of bidders, resulting in sales ending towards 7pm. The new sale layout, by transferring the single badge section to the new Bosleys badge auction, will reduce the number of lots and mean a much earlier ending time.”

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Another of the lots from the January 29 Bosleys online badge auction: a scarce Sudan Nuba Mountains Province cap badge – £580 (£80-120). It came from a private overseas collection formed in the 1960s-90s and sold to an established private US collector via the saleroom.com.