Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire
The death penny ‘issued in error’ to a deserter17 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.
Previews: issue 252617 January 2022
A selection of 12 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
Previews: issue 252510 January 2022
Our weekly selection from salerooms.
Heroic exploits of naval skipper who later came a cropper03 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.
Previews: issue 252403 January 2022
Our weekly selection from salerooms.
Red alert as early Arsenal shirts impress03 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.
‘Tommy’ was a remarkable wartime countess03 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.
Pick of the week: German armour blows off to the Windy City20 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.
An Art Nouveau butterfly-shaped screen and a three-piece Georgian silver tea set are among four lots to watch20 December 2021
With estimates from £300-5000 here are four previews of upcoming items.
Previews: issue 252320 December 2021
A selection of eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.
Napoleon weapons garniture sells for $2.5m in Illinois13 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.
A drawing by CRW Nevinson and artworks from Simon Parker Bowles’ Green’s Restaurant are among six lots to watch13 December 2021
With estimates from £150-60,000 here are six previews of upcoming items.
Previews: issue 252213 December 2021
Our weekly selection of previews from salerooms.
Previews: issue 252106 December 2021
A selection of 23 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.
Shock result for the silver badge of courage29 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.
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).
Elizabethan sovereigns fit into white glove29 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).
Record price for an IKEA item... made before its flat-pack fame22 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.
Previews: issue 251922 November 2021
A selection of 15 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.
Dealer finds there is no cure for his art habit22 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.