Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Protecting the monarch since the days of Henry VIII

08 April 2019

Until March 17, 1834, Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms was known as The Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners.

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Vice Admiral's medals to be sold at Lawrences

08 April 2019

Lawrences of Crewkerne’s militaria auction on May 16 will include an important set of awards and medals to Vice Admiral Sir HT Walwyn.

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The clasps that make the difference for the NGSM

08 April 2019

Factors dictating the pricing of Naval General Service Medals were clearly demonstrated in the March 6 sale at Bosleys (20% buyer’s premium) in Marlow. Ten NGSMs were offered as part of a large single-owner medal collection.

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Bids for Albert Ball VC’s crash landing

08 April 2019

Captain Albert Ball (1896-1917) is remembered as one of Britain’s greatest heroes of the skies. At the time of his death over Arras in the First World War, aged just 19, he had shot down at least 44 German planes and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Private Trickett’s very lucky penny

08 April 2019

A collection of First World War memorabilia relating to British army Private John Trickett – including an 1889 copper penny apparently bent when a bullet hit his breast pocket – brought a multi-estimate sum at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) of Etwall on March 22.

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Poignant guide for African American travellers that inspired Oscar winning film Green Book sells at auction

04 April 2019

The name of the film Green Book which won the Oscar for best picture in February was based on a motoring handbook aimed to guide African-American travellers away from hazardous areas in the pre-civil rights US.

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Lost Doctor Who Dalek episode exterminates auction estimate in south London

04 April 2019

A Doctor Who archive of photographs and copies of plans from The Power of the Daleks – the completely missing third serial of the fourth season – has been sold at auction in south London.

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Cottingley Fairies hoax photographs that famously fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on offer at Dominic Winter auction

02 April 2019

Original photographs from the Cottingley Fairies hoax which famously fooled Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are among a group of lots coming up at a Gloucestershire saleroom.

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Pick of the week: Suffragette bravery medal heading to Australian museum is latest in a string of impressive auction results

01 April 2019

A hunger strike ‘Fed By Force’ medal awarded to Suffragette Selina Martin (1882-1972) has been snapped up at auction by an Australian museum.

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Marvel Comics collection including first appearance of the Fantastic Four makes five figures at auction

30 March 2019

A collection of Marvel comics kept in a bank vault after coming a whisker away from being stolen has sold for £15,200 in total at a Staffordshire saleroom.

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Annual Beatles memorabilia auction held by US saleroom Juliens' will be staged in Liverpool for the first time

28 March 2019

Beatlemania is coming to Liverpool. Well, it never went away, but this fresh wave of interest in the ever-popular Fab Four is in the form of an annual auction held by an American saleroom that is now to be held on Merseyside.

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March mega-sleepers: Nine items that sold for more than 100-times estimate at auction

27 March 2019

The month of March produced an unusually large number of sleepers across the UK’s regional salerooms – from an Old Master drawing to a rare Marklin tinplate train.

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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.