Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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The death penny ‘issued in error’ to a deserter

17 January 2022

The ubiquitous First World War memorial plaques – the ‘death penny’ – need to have a posthumous recipient of note to sell for anything more than £50-100.

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Previews: issue 2526

17 January 2022

A selection of 12 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Previews: issue 2525

10 January 2022

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Heroic exploits of naval skipper who later came a cropper

03 January 2022

Many of the unsung British heroes of both world wars served in the royal and merchant navies carrying and protecting supplies to Russia or the USSR.

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Previews: issue 2524

03 January 2022

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Red alert as early Arsenal shirts impress

03 January 2022

Arsenal FC’s familiar red jersey with white arms is instantly recognisable to football fans worldwide now. However, a pair of shirts sold at the Graham Budd (20.5% buyer’s premium) December 1-2 auction in London show an earlier look.

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‘Tommy’ was a remarkable wartime countess

03 January 2022

A group of medals awarded to a First World War ‘Tommy’ sold for a mid-estimate £2400 at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on October 20-21. Not that unusual, it would seem.

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Pick of the week: German armour blows off to the Windy City

20 December 2021

Catalogued as ‘fine and exceptionally rare’, a north German parade cuirass is on its way to the Art Institute of Chicago after being sold at auction.

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An Art Nouveau butterfly-shaped screen and a three-piece Georgian silver tea set are among four lots to watch

20 December 2021

With estimates from £300-5000 here are four previews of upcoming items.

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Previews: issue 2523

20 December 2021

A selection of eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Napoleon weapons garniture sells for $2.5m in Illinois

13 December 2021

A remarkable garniture of weapons including the sword Napoleon is believed to have carried when he seized power in 1799 sold at an Illinois auction house.

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A drawing by CRW Nevinson and artworks from Simon Parker Bowles’ Green’s Restaurant are among six lots to watch

13 December 2021

With estimates from £150-60,000 here are six previews of upcoming items.

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Previews: issue 2522

13 December 2021

Our weekly selection of previews from salerooms.

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Previews: issue 2521

06 December 2021

A selection of 23 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Shock result for the silver badge of courage

29 November 2021

A silver war badge issued to Lance-Corporal Harold Sandford Mugford of the Machine Gun Corps was a surprise highlight of a Gloucestershire sale.

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Hefty price for medals won by footballer ‘Fanny’

29 November 2021

If you ever encounter the pub quiz question ‘who is the smallest footballer ever to represent England at a senior level’ just remember an FA Cup winner’s medal sold at sporting specialist auction house Knights (20% buyer’s premium).

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Elizabethan sovereigns fit into white glove

29 November 2021

A single-owner collection of 33 sovereigns from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I generated a white-glove result at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Record price for an IKEA item... made before its flat-pack fame

22 November 2021

A world away from the flat-pack furniture so familiar today, a Mid-century armchair has sold for what is believed to be a record price for IKEA.

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Previews: issue 2519

22 November 2021

A selection of 15 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Dealer finds there is no cure for his art habit

22 November 2021

“Dealing in art is not just a hobby but also a disease which is very hard to throw off,” says dealer Malcolm Innes.