Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Man City owner was buyer of oldest FA Cup

18 January 2021

The oldest surviving FA Cup was bought by Manchester City FC owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed when it sold at auction last year, it has now been revealed.

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‘Attagirls’ items fly high at two auctions

18 January 2021

Memorabilia relating to members of a pioneering elite group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War soared over estimates at two auction houses.

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Medal awarded to Suffragette who threw a lump of iron at Churchill's car comes up at auction

09 January 2021

How could throwing a missile at Winston Churchill’s car earn you a medal if you were British?

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John Chard’s handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift sells for £140,000

04 January 2021

A handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift by Lt John Chard of the Royal Engineers, who led the renowned stand against the Zulu attack, sold for a hammer price of £140,000.

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Second World War female pioneering pilots memorabilia soars beyond estimates at auction

29 December 2020

Memorabilia relating to members of a pioneering elite group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War soared over estimates at two auction houses.

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Russell Flint returns in the same packing tube

21 December 2020

The mixed-owner element of a recent Onslows’ sale included a William Russell Flint (1890-1969) LNER poster showing Bamburgh Castle.

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Please spend your dollars in the USSR

21 December 2020

This 1930s Soviet travel poster promotes Trans Siberian Express Shortest way between Europe and the Far East, for Intourist Moscow, Hotel Metropol represented by all main travel bureaus of the world.

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Take the train to Saint-Flour

21 December 2020

Four lots of French railway posters attracted a good deal of attention at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on December 9-10.

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Travel posters: Quality counts as classic examples at auction underline the appeal of rare works

21 December 2020

A ‘superb connoisseur’s collection’ of classic travel posters underlined the appeal of rare works from the biggest names of this genre

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Militaria: Blades of glory at Dominic Winter

14 December 2020

A propellor hauled up by a fisherman proved to have an important link to Dambusters leader Guy Gibson and is now coming up at auction, as ATG reports in a wider look at the militaria market

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Auction previews: issue 2472

14 December 2020

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

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Ingenious, but the Germans smelt a rat

14 December 2020

Always popular at auction, always great to write about – so no excuses needed for featuring a selection of the weird and wonderful Second World War spy and sabotage gadgets and ingenious escape devices which do appear often in sales.

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Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross winners in sale spotlights

14 December 2020

Two Victoria Cross medals awarded during the Indian Mutiny offered by Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium) in London sold to the same buyer.

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Fishing trip that sank enemy ships

14 December 2020

After a somewhat chequered period before the war, during which his employment ranged from gold-digging and sailing the South Sea Islands to running a camel racing team and a betting shop, Lt Hubert (Ted) Carse of the the Royal Australian Naval Reserve ended up as a hero.

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Hughie Green took his flying opportunity

14 December 2020

Hughie Green (1920-97) is well known as star of film, radio and TV, such as Opportunity Knocks – and a colourful personal life such as being father to Paula Yates. However, he also had a long and eventful career in aviation.

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Falklands War honours fetch six figures

14 December 2020

The Falklands War was 38 years ago now. However, for medal collectors the conflict is very much in mind, as evidenced by two six-figure results recently at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Auction previews: issue 2471

07 December 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Auction previews: issue 2470

30 November 2020

A selection of 13 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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The ‘Attagirls’: British wartime female pilots

30 November 2020

Memorabilia relating to two members of a pioneering elite group of female pilots in the Second World War is coming up at two salerooms this month.

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Memorabilia reveals role of the brave British female pilots of the Second World War

25 November 2020

A medal and other items relating to members of a pioneering group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War is coming up at two auctions.