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‘Elizabeth bloomed like a flower in the field’

05 September 2012

A portrait of Princess Elizabeth by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) completed just a few years before she became Queen is to go under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions in London on September 12.


Royal Family photographs appear at Charterhouse

18 July 2012

In keeping with this year’s jubilee celebrations, a collection of 10 photographs of King George VI and his immediate family, including Queen Elizabeth II, will be offered at Charterhouse Auctioneers on July 26-27.


It will be a stylish marriage

22 August 2006

In the family of the Marquess of Londonderry since it was built sometime in the latter quarter of the 19th century, this formal state carriage is deemed the finest to appear at auction for a generation.


Princess Margaret sale nets £11.6m

24 June 2006

Given today’s obsession with celebrity, especially Royal celebrity, it was always on the cards that Christie’s sale last week of Princess Margaret’s jewellery, silver and other personal belongings was going to make much more than the £2m-3m predicted.


The fascinating passage of time

04 January 2005

PRINTED ephemera, often disregarded detritus, is not generally highly valued material. But should it chance to survive, it can acquire socio-historical and even monetary value.


Partridge the venue for silver collection show

16 September 2004

ROBIN Butler’s new book on The Albert Collection: Five hundred years of British and European Silver, is a survey of one man’s 30-year dedication to assembling a collection. The owner commissioned Mr Butler to produce a survey of his mammoth and wide-ranging assemblage of over 700 pieces before his death, and, after he died, his widow wanted the task to be completed.

Bidders lose their heads over French royal keepsakes

19 June 2003

FRANCE: Knitting was a great leveller in the 18th century, it seems. An ivory pair of knitting needles, said to have once belonged to Marie-Antoinette, sold for €26,000 at Piasa (17.94% buyer’s premium) sale or royal memorabilia in Paris on May 21.

A routine valuation unearths star bookcase

12 July 2002

THE success of the Regency mahogany bookcase, right, contributed a large chunk of the £86,000 hammer total taken at Hall’s (15% buyer’s premium) of Chester on May 31.