Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Aquitania luxury liner lots steam into sale to satisfy a US buyer

17 June 2024

At the same time as a naval arms race was taking place in the years just before the First World War another maritime competition developed in the shape of liners.

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Previews: issue 2648

17 June 2024

Our selection of lots from 10 upcoming auctions

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Previews: issue 2647

10 June 2024

Our selection of lots from 11 upcoming auctions

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Get the siege mentality with unusual banknotes on offer

10 June 2024

“Siege notes are a niche but popular subsidiary of military banknote collecting,” says Andrew Pattison, head of the Banknotes Department at Noonans (24% buyer’s premium).

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Darwin as depicted by the ‘father of art photography’

10 June 2024

An autographed photograph of Charles Darwin (1809-82) described as “very scarce” by Hansons (26.5% buyer’s premium) sold for £8500.

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Map was ground-breaking in its day

03 June 2024

Recognised as the ‘Father of Geology’, in 1815 William Smith was the first to map the geology of England and Wales, with part of southern Scotland.

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Previews: issue 2646

03 June 2024

Our selection of highlights from 11 upcoming auctions

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Vendor chuffed as collection of British Railways photos pulls into Tennants

27 May 2024

'Large and comprehensive' was the apt description used by Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) for a collection of British Railways photographs and slides offered on April 3.

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Displays stand out at auction even without a toy

27 May 2024

The importance of an original box in good condition to the value of a toy is well known. But what about a display without any toy in sight, box or no box?

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Previews: issue 2645

27 May 2024

Our selection of lots from 13 upcoming auctions

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Ready to fight factory fires

27 May 2024

This Huntley & Palmers factory fire service helmet with white metal mounts and H&P monogram was the highlight of a collection offered at Kent saleroom Bentley’s (20% buyer’s premium) on May 15.

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Arnhem hero was a lifesaver

27 May 2024

Medal group sold for £43,000 at a Devon sale recognised the bravery of a medic who cared for others

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Doctor’s atlas proved just the remedy for a changing world

27 May 2024

A world atlas produced by a Dublin-born man who is considered the first US commercial publisher made its way to the Irish capital to be sold at auction house Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Fixture list lined up two sports auctions in Glasgow

20 May 2024

News that Celtic and Rangers no longer automatically qualify for the Champions League next season put a bit of a dampener on Scottish football.

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Batty cricket idea ended up full of holes

20 May 2024

Sports stars are always looking for small incremental improvements in performance that can prove crucial to the result.

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Early memorabilia gets pulse racing for cycling enthusiasts

20 May 2024

Archive sold in Somerset and bugle offered in Dorset reflect the first organised cycling clubs

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Prices high for Man Utd programme rarities

20 May 2024

A football programme for for the Estudiantes de la Plata v Manchester United Intercontinental Cup final on September 25, 1968, hammered down at a top-estimate £10,000 in Shropshire.

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Cryptography book creates a Shakespearean drama

20 May 2024

Cryptoryptomentyces et Cryptographiae has been described as ‘arguably the most complete tome on esoteric cryptography ever published’, an esoteric claim to fame in itself.

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Bake to basics approach to bread making

20 May 2024

Owen Simmons was a bit of a bread fan, it is fair to say. A lecturer at the National Bakery School in London, he produced the lavish book shown here.

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Alfies unveils new street level arcade and seeks to bring in new visitors

13 May 2024

A large shark and tarot card reading might seem a bizarre way to bring visitors into a north-west London antiques centre but there is method behind the apparent madness.