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Playing your cards right in Stroud

08 November 2012

A large collection of playing cards comprising some 200 lots has been consigned to Stroud Auctions in Gloucestershire and will be sold without reserves on November 14-15.

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Metastasis – a winning hand transformed

12 October 2009

METASTASIS, to most people, is a word with rather grim connotations – referring as it does to the spread of cancer. Applied to a set of playing cards, however, it has an altogether different and more attractive meaning.

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Monkeys in fashion

13 July 2004

DAVID Teniers the Younger’s whimsical 6 x 8 1/2in (16 x 22cm), oil on copper view of Monkeys Playing Cards, sold to a private buyer against the London trade for a double-estimate €220,000 (£146,665) at Tajan on June 24.

Gershwin’s musical sketch book is a $100,000 hit in California

28 April 2004

ONE notable item from the Bonhams & Butterfields sale of March 23 was a rare copy of Jacques Gautier d’Agoty’s colour printed Anatomie de la Tête of 1748 that made $19,000 (£10,220) – but not the top price lot, a Gershwin sketchbook that made $100,000, or indeed several other interesting items.

The Old Rectory at Banningham

28 April 2004

BOOKS, manuscripts and photographs from The Old Rectory, at Banningham in Norfolk, provided a separately catalogued section of a three-day March 21-23 contents sale conducted by Bonhams and represented 70 years of collecting by the owner, picture restorer Bryan Hall, and his father, the Rev. William Hall, who was at one time Vicar of Barton Turf and Smallburgh.

A rare pack turns up trumps at £950

12 March 2001

UK: A TYPICAL mammoth offering of 1463 lots at the Norfolk rooms’ collectors’ sale included something for just about anyone buying on a modest budget – and, as usual, a few unexpected bidding battles.

Table-top treasures…

12 March 2001

Two titles from Shire – both, amazingly, £2.95… Old Sheffield Plate by Anneke Bambery ISBN 0852639651. Board and Table Game Antiques by R.C. Bell ISBN 0852635389.