Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

Paperweight

Pick of the week: Heavyweight paperweight price at auction in Wales

17 September 2018

It was of early manufacture, looked beautiful and the condition was very good – but auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones admits to still being mystified as to why a paperweight sold for such a hefty price at his Cardiff saleroom.

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Dealers take up arms in London for Olympia fair

17 September 2018

A Maori quarterstaff and an Indian suit of armour are among the diverse highlights being shown at the next Antiques Arms Fair taking place at the Pillar Hall, Olympia.

Banknotes book

Specimen banknotes set house record at auction in Tring

17 September 2018

A book of specimen banknotes printed for locations across the world has set a house record for Tring Market Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) by selling for £205,000.

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Britains' Lancers ride to £11,000 result

10 September 2018

Considering that W Britain began making his revolutionary hollowcast toy soldiers only in 1893, a set dating from just three years later certainly deserves the tag ‘early’.

Banknotes

Rare specimen banknotes book sets auction record at Hertfordshire saleroom

10 September 2018

A book of specimen banknotes printed for locations across the world has set a house record for Tring Market Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) by selling for £205,000.

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Chicago auction held by magical memorabilia specialist saleroom conjures up enchanting stories

10 September 2018

Chicago auction house Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) is conjuring up quite a reputation for its magic memorabilia sales.

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René Lalique perfume bottle with no stopper is still a flyer at auction

10 September 2018

A classic French René Lalique perfume bottle was on offer at Virginia auction house Jeffrey S Evans on August 24-25 from the collection of the late Joan M Wentz, Germansville, Pennsylvania, which had been amassed over 50 years.

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Lefeuvre bronze sculpture has good ring to it

10 September 2018

This bronze sculpture by Louis-Albert Lefeuvre (1845- 1924), Les Fondeurs du Moyen Age, was one of the highlights of a single-owner collection sold by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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Single owner portrait silhouette collection amassed for over 40 years stands out at auction in Cambridge

06 September 2018

Portrait silhouettes were all the rage in fashionable English society of the Georgian period but suffered a rapid decline in popularity in Victorian times as photography began to dominate.

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Britains toy soldiers gallop into Teesside auction as Bombay Lancers set from 1896 makes £11,000

05 September 2018

In the race to offer increasingly collectable more modern toys such as Lego and Star Wars, a lot dating from 1896 sold at a Teesside auction shows older items are still in the running when rarity and condition are just right.

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Pick of the Week: Cheers to new beer label ‘record’

03 September 2018

Gary Arkell of Loddon Auctions was ready to toast a record-breaking success when lot 718 in the Berkshire saleroom’s latest auction sold for what is believed to be a record price for a beer label of £1500.

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Gardiner Houlgate auction offers guitars galore including the acoustic that set the Bee Gees on route to stardom

03 September 2018

Gardiner Houlgate in Wiltshire is dubbing its upcoming sale “the UK’s largest-ever auction of guitars”.

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Three Henry Moore sketches emerge at Weschlers in Maryland

03 September 2018

Henry Moore has been in the UK headlines recently thanks to the BBC Fake or Fortune? programme which revealed a watercolour sketch to be an authentic early lost work by the British sculptor and artist.

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Why Ernest GF Brown is a strangely familiar name in Titanic auctions

29 August 2018

The Titanic market throws up many connections and coincidences within a relatively small but ever-popular collecting field, as an elegant gold Asprey cigarette case on offer at a Derbyshire auction demonstrates perfectly.

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Maurice Gibb Bee Gees guitars to test how deep is your pocket when bidding at auction

28 August 2018

The guitar that set the Bee Gees on the road to Saturday Night Fever and international disco stardom is to be offered at a Wiltshire sale.

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Private collections offer classic British art pottery at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants

28 August 2018

Two extensive private collections of pottery coming up at a North Yorkshire auction will offer the chance to buy items produced by classic British manufacturers with designs by some of the best-known names in that field.

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Pick of the Week: Early uniforms spearhead sale at Stroud Auctions

27 August 2018

Early British army uniforms were the highlight of an extensive single-owner militaria collection amassed by a long-standing Nottinghamshire family which was offered at Stroud Auctions.

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Patrick Caulfield work ahead of the field at Roseberys’ highest-ever estimate

27 August 2018

A simple image titled 'Pony' by British artist Patrick Caulfield is the highest-estimated lot ever to be offered at south London saleroom Roseberys.

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Pony by Patrick Caulfield is highest estimated lot ever at south London saleroom Roseberys - video

22 August 2018

A simple but significant Patrick Caulfield picture with the suitably simple title of ‘Pony’ will become the highest-estimated lot ever to be offered at south London saleroom Roseberys next month.

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Memories of infamous Lord Lucan spurred by London auction of Lady Lucan collection

21 August 2018

The nickname ‘Lucky’ Lucan seems a strange one seeing as it refers to the infamous 7th Earl of Lucan who disappeared in 1974, shortly after the attempted murder of his, by then, estranged wife and the murder of the nanny of their children, Sandra Rivett.