Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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An Augustus John portrait, a Fijian war weapon and an early golf putter – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

14 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his artist daughter Gwyneth Johnstone.

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Remarkable Moorcroft pottery collection comes to auction in Evesham

13 June 2019

Worcestershire auctioneer Kingham & Orme is to disperse a remarkable collection of Moorcroft pottery later this week. The June 15 sale in Evesham includes 364 lots of the popular tube-lined ceramics (a few of them group lots) amassed over a 35-year period by a UK collector.

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First original cover art of Tintin sells at US auction for more than $1m

11 June 2019

The very first original cover art featuring comic character Tintin has sold at auction in the US for a premium inclusive $1.125m.

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CLOCKS: Quare and Tompion – Rivals who clicked in London's Golden Age

10 June 2019

Golden Age collaboration between two London clockmakers leads a look at the market including hammer highlights, auction previews and dealer news.

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English delftware and Thunderbirds artwork once owned by Bob Monkhouse – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

07 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes English delftware, an early acoustic gramophone, Thunderbirds artwork and a Qing period double gourd vase.

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Rare Roman gold coin found in Kent field sells at £460,000

06 June 2019

A rare Roman gold coin, found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent, was hammered down at £460,000.

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Mahatma Gandhi sculpture more than doubles Antiques Roadshow valuation at Salisbury auction

05 June 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at £20,000 six years ago on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by dealer Philip Mould drew a lengthy bidding battle at auction today.

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Polo commemorated in celebratory sale at sports memorabilia specialist Graham Budd Auctions

05 June 2019

Graham Budd Auctions is holding a special online auction commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first polo game to be played in England.

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Pick of the week: Heavyweight bid as Aztec mosaic made of feathers sells to Paris museum

03 June 2019

A remarkable example of 16th century cross-culture art – a feather ‘mosaic’ picture made in Mexico for Christian conquerors – has been purchased at auction by the Musée du Quai Branly.

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Persian tile symbolic of ceramic revival takes £95,000 in John Nicholson’s sale

03 June 2019

A large Persian lustre tile dating from c.1300 sold for £95,000 at John Nicholson’s in Haslemere last month.

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Iznik tile takes £31,000 at Dreweatts auction

03 June 2019

The May 22 sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory titled Japanese, Islamic and Indian Works of Art included a collection of Iznik and Damascus tiles from the estate of the artist Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017).

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When The Beatles soldiered on regardless

03 June 2019

As part of their first world tour, The Beatles played the Princess Theatre in Hong Kong twice in June 1964.

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Chinese doucai vase, Edward Bawden print, Longines wristwatch – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

31 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Chinese doucai vase making over 150-times estimate at an auction in Newbury.

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Three John Constable pictures come to auction at Chiswick including portrait of his uncle

29 May 2019

Following the sale of two vibrant ink on paper sketches by John Constable in March, Chiswick Auctions is to offer three more works by the Suffolk-born painter in its British & European Fine Art sale next month.

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Early typewriter pushes all the right buttons at German auction

27 May 2019

An example of the first commercially produced typewriter – one of only five in private hands – has sold for €100,000 at auction in Germany.

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Bonhams expects record bid for Tompion’s miniature ‘Q Clock’

27 May 2019

Bonhams will offer the most valuable English Golden Age clock ever to appear at auction as part of next month’s sale of the Clive collection.

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Da Qian is Woolley & Wallis’s 11th £1m-plus lot

27 May 2019

A painting by the celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) sold for £2.3m (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis.

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Pick of the week: Gruesome way to jog your memory

27 May 2019

In the Late Middle Ages the chaplet, made in many materials from boxwood to precious metals, was a commonplace aid to keep count of the repetition of prayers or the chapters read in a Book of Hours.

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Pedestal tripod table finds place in the sun

27 May 2019

The furniture market continues to enjoy its occasional moments in the sun. During The Pedestal’s (25% buyer’s premium) sixth sale at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, on April 30 a George III carved mahogany octagonal tripod table (estimate £12,000-18,000) sold for £24,000.

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Iznik tile, Beatles ticket and Chinese treasure box – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

24 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a rare ticket for a Beatles concert in Hong Kong, an Iznik tile made in Ottoman Turkey and owned by artist Sir Howard Hodgkin, and a Qianlong cinnabar lacquer treasure box and cover.