Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Rugby memorabilia auction takes place at the home of the Welsh side in a Grand Slam year

25 March 2019

Welsh rugby is on a high with their 12th Grand Slam secured on March 16 with a 25-7 win over Ireland – so it’s a perfect time for a special memorabilia auction to be held at the venue for Welsh home international games.

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Candlestand bought at auction reunited with pair at York museum after half a century apart

18 March 2019

A pair of rare George II rosewood candlestands c.1745-60 has been reunited by Fairfax House in York after one of them was spotted at a Woolley & Wallis auction at the start of the year.

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Small model trains steam away to huge prices at auction as rarity value counts

06 March 2019

A simple toy steam locomotive left a vendor chuffed as it made a hammer price 115 times its top estimate.

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Lost Doctor Who Daleks episode lives again as archive comes to auction

06 March 2019

‘Lost’ episodes of TV series have become sought-after items, not least among Doctor Who fans. Of interest to collectors is an archive of photographs and copies of plans from The Power of the Daleks – the completely missing third serial of the fourth season first broadcast by the BBC in six weekly parts from November 5-December 10, 1966.

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The late England goalkeeper Gordon Banks' shirt and an early All Blacks kit score at auction

05 March 2019

Sport shirts at regional auction houses in Cardiff and Surrey win fans.

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First edition of new-look antiques arms fair in west London features international selection of dealers

27 February 2019

The inaugural staging of an expanded antiques arms fair in west London will welcome a number of European dealers.

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World Cup winner Gordon Banks match-worn England shirt comes up at auction

26 February 2019

An England football shirt worn by the late, great goalkeeper Gordon Banks is coming up for sale at Surrey auction house Ewbank’s.

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Original shirt for the All Black of 1905 who became a rugby league All Gold is up for sale at Cardiff saleroom Rogers Jones

20 February 2019

Three and a half years ago Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones set a world record for a rugby shirt at auction when a jersey from the 1905-06 New Zealand tour to the UK made £180,000 – and now another All Blacks shirt from that era is on offer from the same auction house.

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Votes for Women anniversary effect lasts into 2019 with a fresh Suffragette consignment

19 February 2019

Anniversaries can tempt out collections to auction but it can have a longer-lasting effect. Last year marked the centenary of votes for women in Britain and a lot coming up in 2019 shows the consignments are still out there.

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No, it isn’t a huge carrot…

18 February 2019

It’s not every day you see an auctioneer holding a 5ft 6in (1.67m) long sperm whale penis. Then again, it’s not every day that you see the sort of lots that are offered in Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary auction.

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Car badges and mascots: the world of automobilia at auction

13 February 2019

Every collecting field starts out with a broad umbrella title: classic cars, for instance. Easy. However, as you descend through the levels it not only drops into sub-sections, but veers off to the side, so you also get automobilia, the ephemera surrounding those cars.

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Huge collection of finds from Anglo-Saxon pagan cemetery site to be offered by Derbyshire auction house Hansons in a private deal

06 February 2019

With the British Library’s acclaimed Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition shedding light on this sometimes overlooked and misunderstood period, the timing is perfect for a Derbyshire saleroom’s announcement of a remarkable collection coming up for sale.

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Medals group of a brilliant Dambusters raid planner up at auction in London

04 February 2019

The medals group of “a brilliant and meticulous planner” who worked on the Dambusters raid and then the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz is coming up for auction in London.

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The 25 Blythe Road auctions collective is relaunching under the brand of Olympia Auctions

29 January 2019

The London auctions ‘hub’ of 25 Blythe Road will now operate under a single banner of Olympia Auctions.

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Medals awarded to Britain's shortest-serving prime minister George Canning come up at London auction

25 January 2019

Pub names can provide a snapshot of British history. Many years ago now, while subsisting on cheese on toast at a university hall of residence in south London, I was fascinated by the name of a nearby boozer called the George Canning.

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Auction of a musical collection so large they bought the cottage over the road to house it

25 January 2019

Collecting often leads to a certain obsession, as many enthusiasts with attics filled to burst or garages stuffed with boxes will admit. Take the example of a group now forming 700 lots to be dispersed at an Irish sale.

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James Bond Moonraker laser rifle stuns at auction taking £22,000

22 January 2019

A ‘Moonraker’ laser rifle and letter from Roger Moore are among sales highlights at a James Bond auction in the Midlands as Surrey auction house Ewbank’s prepares for its Bond and Beyond memorabilia sale.

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Bluesman Booker White's legendary Hard Rock guitar emerges at Gardiner Houlgate auction

22 January 2019

While Booker White is usually not the first bluesman who comes to mind, the musicians he inspired are instantly recognisable: the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones.

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Aviation museum sale takes flight in Carlisle

21 January 2019

If the Battle of Britain is your collecting field, then the sale of a Kent collection held in late 2018 would have been a major draw.

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James Bond memorabilia auctions include shocking letter from the saintly Roger Moore

11 January 2019

Suave and sophisticated are the terms that come to mind when referring to the late, great and saintly James Bond actor Roger Moore. A raised eyebrow perhaps. But certainly not the word ‘bollocks’.