Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Entertainment memorabilia previews from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London

17 February 2020

A selection of upcoming entertainment lots at auctions ranging from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London and Tommy Cooper in Stockport.

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Posters lead the way on road to music stardom

17 February 2020

Concert posters from the earliest days of bands that later became famous are particulary sought-after at auction. Leading this selection from recent sales is a five-figure example from 1964 which promotes one of the first Rolling Stones tour performances, but many others are available at a lower price range announcing appearances at venues with evocative names such as Bridlington Spa Hall, Basildon Locarno Ballroom and Barnston Women’s Institute.

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Gripping money-makers beyond Bond and Star Wars

17 February 2020

Not all the posters making four figures at auction fall into the usual Star Wars/James Bond/Hammer/early horror bracket.

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction

17 February 2020

The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.

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George Medal awarded to brave boxer who foiled Princess Anne kidnap comes to auction

06 February 2020

When a kidnap attempt was made on Princess Anne on the Mall in London it was handy that nearby was a brave 6ft 2in, 17 stone former heavyweight boxer who without thought for his own safety rushed to her aid.

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Antique arms fair moves from Olympia to Hammersmith

27 January 2020

The arms fair held in the Pillar Hall in Olympia is moving to another venue in west London which provides greater space.

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Whitby working life in focus at Swann sale

27 January 2020

An album dating to c.1887 containing 64 evocative albumen prints by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, documenting Whitby, England, is on offer at New York auction house Swann.

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Medals earned by a Hardy band of brothers

06 January 2020

Peninsular War medals featuring 13 or 14 clasps – showing how many actions the recipient fought in – are impressive enough in themselves. But three of them awarded to brothers who served in the same regiment, offered as a single lot at auction, takes demand to a different level.

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Bobby Moore's first international cap as England captain sells for £11,000 at auction

30 November 2019

The first cap as England captain won by 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Moore sold for £11,000 at a Shropshire auction along with an array of FA Cup and Manchester United programmes.

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Sounding the Thunderer for the first penalty kick in a World Cup Final

11 November 2019

The whistle that blew after just a minute of play to signal the first penalty kick ever awarded in a World Cup Final has sold for £4200 at a London auction.

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Bunker Hill blast from the past

11 November 2019

Musket that fired the first shot in 1775 American revolution battle appears in US saleroom.

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Pick of the Week: Rediscovered Nelson portrait surfaces at sale

11 November 2019

A hitherto unknown portrait of Nelson sold for three times the top estimate at the Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) auction on November 5.

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Stroud Auctions gets to the point with a huge collection of bayonets for sale

29 October 2019

Tom Mason’s collecting bug began when his father used to send him postcards and gifts from places he had been posted to in the Second World War, and on his return brought home a number of items of military memorabilia.

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Missing in action but spotted shooting at a bottle of schnapps

28 October 2019

‘Highly unusual’ is how the Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) cataloguer described a Second World War medal group ahead of its sale in Dorchester on August 22 for £420, just over top estimate.

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Wheelbarrow fells Waterloo hero

28 October 2019

Just imagine: you have been through the horrors of the Battle of Waterloo in a regiment which suffered 217 casualties out of 396, and were wounded yourself, and then your career is ended by… a wheelbarrow.

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Silver tureen salutes captain’s fighting spirit

28 October 2019

American naval expertise and gallantry came as a big shock to the British, who had become used to the Royal Navy ruling the waves.

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Poignant plaque for Women’s RAF

28 October 2019

A Great War bronze memorial plaque – the ‘Death Penny’ – awarded to Violet Porter, Women’s Royal Air Force, is estimated at £4000- 5000 in the Spink Orders, Medals and Decorations auction in London on November 27-28.

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Bicorne bidder from the US

28 October 2019

This felt bicorne hat is of a type worn by all ranks of the British heavy cavalry and most light cavalry officers until replaced in 1812 by crested helmets and shakos.

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Great War mascot fits the Bill

28 October 2019

The Old Bill motorcar mascot was a popular item during and after the Great War.

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Fan adulation for naval hero Nelson

28 October 2019

Nelson’s naval heroics earned him many fans – and among the many souvenirs they bought to mark his greatness were fans of the cooling variety.