Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Award for a voyage of non-discovery

20 April 2020

In May 1875 the British Arctic Expedition under the command of George Nares (1831-1915) set off on a mission to reach the North Pole via the unchartered ‘open polar sea’.

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Vendor not so sad about this price

20 April 2020

On April 10, 1970, a Paul McCartney ‘self-interview’ ahead of the release of his debut solo album had been taken by the media to be an announcement that the band was no more.

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Metal detectorist discovers Edward the Martyr Saxon boy king silver penny

16 April 2020

A metal detectorist who was ready to give up for the day after finding only three .22 lead bullets then got another signal in the same area and dug down about five inches deeper.

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Beatrix Potter bonanza as large collection comes up at New York auction

15 April 2020

Early works from the ever-popular Beatrix Potter including original drawings or letters are coming up for sale in a New York online auction.

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Paul McCartney 'Hey Jude' lyrics used in studio recording sell for not so sad $910,000

14 April 2020

A break-up may seem an unusual occasion to celebrate but a US auction held on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles going their separate ways gave vendors and collectors plenty to cheer.

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Fab Four in ‘ballroom of the stars’

06 April 2020

One of the highlights of actor Peter Wyngarde’s estate sale held live, online-only at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was a Beatles concert poster from 1963.

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Sense of occasion suits the Peter Wyngarde estate sale perfectly

31 March 2020

Peter Wyngarde would surely have appreciated the drama that accompanied the auction of his estate – held with the country in the grip of coronavirus.

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Flag signals 1945 victory

16 March 2020

This flag offered at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) carries inscriptions for HMS Swiftsure – British Pacific Fleet – 1945, and the Japanese cities Sasebo and Tokyo.

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Naval success was right on the money

16 March 2020

A First World War medal fashioned from a Mexican eight reales coin was an unusual feature of a group sold at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on February 19.

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Hong Kong could be key surprise result for military maps

16 March 2020

Four military maps encompassing Siam (Thailand), Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took an unexpected £3700 at the Peter Wilson (22% buyer’s premium) Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms auction earlier this year.

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Lancer lots charge into auctions

16 March 2020

The Crimea medal awarded to one of only two officers taken prisoner by the Russians during the calamitous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 sold for £14,000 at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium).

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Badges: the big attraction at Stroud Auctions

16 March 2020

Interest from bidders in more than 40 countries competed for what Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium plus VAT) called a “world-class private collection of over 4000 military badges”.

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SAS trooper's collection: a special force of the saleroom

16 March 2020

The best-seller lists these days will always include a good number of explosive memoirs written by special forces veterans and their heroic stories usually also mean high interest at auction.

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Rev Garner: a man of war and peace

16 March 2020

The Church of England was Geoffrey Garner’s vocation in life – collecting military badges his hobby

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Bosleys moves auction from Marlow to Staffordshire and launches new sale format

16 March 2020

Bosleys has launched a new format for its auctions, including a move from Marlow to Staffordshire.

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Militaria: A woman's fight to serve

16 March 2020

Before British female nurses could even help with the wounded they faced a battle to be accepted, as the story behind a medal winner reveals.

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Bountiful barn find of Great War interest

16 March 2020

“Something awful. Never witnessed anything like it before. After a bombardment of a week the Germans mounted their own trenches and the infantry reckon that every German had a machine gun…”

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Celtic 1967 European Cup winners' medal for sale in Glasgow

02 March 2020

The medal awarded to Celtic footballer Steve Chalmers who scored the winning goal as they became the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 is coming to auction.

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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.