Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire
Award for a voyage of non-discovery20 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’.
Vendor not so sad about this price20 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.
Metal detectorist discovers Edward the Martyr Saxon boy king silver penny16 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.
Beatrix Potter bonanza as large collection comes up at New York auction15 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.
Paul McCartney 'Hey Jude' lyrics used in studio recording sell for not so sad $910,00014 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.
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.
Sense of occasion suits the Peter Wyngarde estate sale perfectly31 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.
Flag signals 1945 victory16 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.
Naval success was right on the money16 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.
Hong Kong could be key surprise result for military maps16 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.
Lancer lots charge into auctions16 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).
Badges: the big attraction at Stroud Auctions16 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”.
SAS trooper's collection: a special force of the saleroom16 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.
Rev Garner: a man of war and peace16 March 2020
The Church of England was Geoffrey Garner’s vocation in life – collecting military badges his hobby
Bosleys moves auction from Marlow to Staffordshire and launches new sale format16 March 2020
Bosleys has launched a new format for its auctions, including a move from Marlow to Staffordshire.
Militaria: A woman's fight to serve16 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.
Bountiful barn find of Great War interest16 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…”
Celtic 1967 European Cup winners' medal for sale in Glasgow02 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.
Entertainment memorabilia previews from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London17 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.
Posters lead the way on road to music stardom17 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.