Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Daoguang vase up to the mark after lengthy bidding battle

09 December 2019

After a 17-minute bidding battle, a Chinese blue and white bottle vase with a Daoguang (1820-50) six-character seal mark was hammered down for £270,000 at Gorringe’s in Lewes, East Sussex.

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Last Baldwin to work for the coin firm retires

09 December 2019

Edward Baldwin, fourth generation and the last of the Baldwin clan to work for coin and medal dealership AH Baldwin & Sons has retired from the firm.

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East London foundry first to sign up to new digital ‘hallmark’ for bronze sculptures

03 December 2019

Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse, London, is the first foundry in the UK to adopt a new bronze hallmarking scheme.

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Adam Partridge opens a third saleroom in Preston

02 December 2019

Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers has opened its third saleroom in the north-west and hired new staff to target consignments from the Lancashire and Lake District areas.

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A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.

Refinanced Stanley Gibbons moves in positive direction

02 December 2019

Losses narrowed for stamps, coins and medals business Stanley Gibbons in the six months to September 30.

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Pick of the week: Putting the Hours in brings reward

02 December 2019

Personal devotional prayer books, known as a Book of Hours, were popular among the wealthy and powerful in late medieval Europe. Illuminated with miniature paintings depicting the life of Christ, the Virgin Mary and saints, they were sometimes personalised for the patrons who commissioned them.

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Venue revealed for new London art fair Eye of the Collector

30 November 2019

Former Masterpiece fair chief executive Nazy Vassegh has announced the venue for her new art fair to launch next year.

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Actor Nigel Havers to host BBC TV show on art and antiques dealers

29 November 2019

BBC One is launching a new day-time TV show featuring art and antiques dealers called 'The Bidding Room'.

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Copy of the world’s most expensive natural history book flies into auction at Sotheby’s

26 November 2019

A copy of The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1785-1851) will be offered at Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on December 18 in New York.

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Thieves steal precious baroque treasures from German museum

25 November 2019

Dresden’s Royal Palace has been targeted by thieves who cut the electricity supply to enter exhibition rooms at its museum containing thousands of valuable antiques.

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Furniture for Christmas – dealer launches festive shopping event in Battersea

25 November 2019

Furniture dealer Christopher Howe is hosting a Christmas shopping event at his new Battersea warehouse on December 6-7.

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Brontë manuscript comes home to Haworth museum

25 November 2019

The Brontë Parsonage Museum, the Brontës’ former family home, has secured an 1830 autograph miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) that was auctioned at Aguttes in Paris.

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Marvel’s first ever comic book - granddaddy of all Marvel Comics - makes auction record at $1m

22 November 2019

A 1939 copy of Marvel Comics No 1 sold at Heritage Auctions this week setting a world auction record for the most expensive Marvel comic ever sold.

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Thames boat club calls on trade to help find boathouse clock

21 November 2019

The memorial clock on the outside of the boathouse of the Dittons Skiff and Punting Club in Thames Ditton has been stolen and members have appealed to the antiques trade to help find it.

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First Olympic medal to be won by a black British athlete beats Antiques Roadshow valuation at auction

19 November 2019

The first Olympic medals won by a black British athlete together with his sporting memorabilia sold at Hansons today.

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Yorkshire’s Brontë Parsonage Museum secures rare manuscript at Paris auction

18 November 2019

The Brontë Parsonage Museum has secured an 1830 autograph miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) that was auctioned at Aguttes in Paris.

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Philip Mould makes his divine intervention with Ambrose McEvoy exhibition

18 November 2019

A portrait of a mystery sitter by Ambrose McEvoy (1877-1927) sold at auction nearly four years ago led dealer Philip Mould to uncover a forgotten stash of works by the neglected British artist in a lock-up.

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Jewels come in from the cold at £68,000

18 November 2019

Thirty pieces of antiquarian jewellery discovered next to a joint of meat in an old freezer were sold for £68,000 (plus 24% buyer's premum) at Kidson-Trigg near Highworth, Swindon.