Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Bellmans hit a Purple patch with Arts and Crafts collection

01 March 2024

A group of Arts & Crafts jewellery from the collection of the late dealers Anthony Gardner and Michael Becker will be sold by Sussex auction house Bellmans in April.

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Barnstorming performance for recently discovered 1888 Spalding Baseball World Tour poster

29 February 2024

Discovered by a small auction house in Ohio, a baseball poster described as ‘the finest known’ has sold at auction for a record $200,000/£158,000 ($240,000 including premium).

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A picture by Newlyn School artist Midge Bruford is among five lots to watch

26 February 2024

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Previews: issue 2632

26 February 2024

Our selection of lots from nine upcoming auctions

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Naval captain and the captor of Napoleon

19 February 2024

Memorabilia from the descendants of Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland – the officer Napoleon surrendered to on board HMS Bellerophon on July 15, 1815 – is coming to auction.

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An Art Nouveau ring by Henri Dubret is among five lots to watch

19 February 2024

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Mail recovered from Titanic casualty

19 February 2024

The British and US postal clerks aboard transatlantic liners had the duty of sorting the mail during the passage.

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Royal Doulton Guy Fawkes figure with a difference

19 February 2024

The Royal Doulton figure Guy Fawkes designed by Charles Noke was issued as HN98 from 1918.

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White gloves and trilby hats for Turpin

19 February 2024

Essex saleroom Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) enjoyed a white-glove sale and a £406,000 total for the personal collection of Maurice Turpin (1928-2005).

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Auction magic from a very different Potter

19 February 2024

Richard Potter (1783-1835) is considered the first successful stage magician born in the US and African-American celebrity.

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First edition of early feminist text makes over 30 times estimate

19 February 2024

Actress cheated by the Prince of Wales turned to a campaign based on ‘injustice of mental subordination’

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Lalique style leads selection of design classics at Chiswick Auctions

19 February 2024

Lalique, the epitome of inter-war glamour, took centre stage at the Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) Design sale.

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Copy of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation is toast of auction

19 February 2024

A printing of George Washington’s 1795 Thanksgiving Day proclamation sold way above hopes at Sarasota Estate Auction (23% buyer’s premium) in Florida.

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Antiquities auction brings Egyptian tiles of the unexpected

19 February 2024

Blue-glazed decoration thought to have been invented by king’s architect takes £55,000 at auction

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Vietnamese inspired bleu de Hue porcelain in high demand

19 February 2024

A Chinese blue and white dish recognised by bidders as a fine example of bleu de Hue porcelain flew to $26,000 (£20,500).

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Previews: issue 2631

19 February 2024

Our selection of lots from 12 upcoming auctions

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Deaccessioned rare prints collection comes to Boston auction house

16 February 2024

A remarkable collection of prints amassed by Winfield Robbins (1841-1910) of Arlington, Massachusetts have been deaccessioned and will be auctioned.

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Mug commemorating real-life crime 1823 style flies to 10 times estimate

12 February 2024

The murder of William Weare in the Hertfordshire village of Radlett in 1823 has been called the first trial by newspaper. It was also the first subject in the ‘crime and punishment’ series of earthenwares that proved curiously popular in the Victorian era.

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Rediscovered society portrait is among five lots to watch

12 February 2024

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Deluxe rifle ‘belonged to Napoleon’

12 February 2024

A hunting rifle believed to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte when he ruled as emperor of France led the line at Alexander Historical Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).