Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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‘First flag on Omaha Beach’ sold in the US

24 June 2019

The first American flag believed to have been planted on Omaha Beach in northern France on D-Day proved to be the top lot in Heritage’s (25% buyer’s premium) Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction on June 9.

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Medal awarded to British soldier killed on the D-Day beaches sells at auction

11 June 2019

In the week marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings a poignant medal was sold at auction which had been awarded to a British soldier killed in the invasion.

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Fabulous fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires thought to be a Russian princess wedding gift is estimated at £30,000-50,000 at auction

03 June 2019

An extravagant fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires is to be offered in North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants.

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Tour de France 1974 yellow jersey worn by the legendary Eddy Merckx to be auctioned in Welsh saleroom

01 June 2019

Just before this year’s Tour de France a fresh to the market classic yellow jersey once worn in the gruelling race by the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx comes to auction.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode now emerge at auction

30 May 2019

The tremendous appeal of anything Dr Who related was underlined at south London auction house Roseberys in March when a collection of archive of photographs and copies of plans from a ‘lost’ episode sold for £4600. Now, more images are on offer, this time in colour.

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Five militaria auction highlights – including a Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder

28 May 2019

A Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder recovered in Kent and kept as a ‘souvenir’ by a Home Guard member is among the militaria highlights in five recent auctions.

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Portcullis brooches boost value of Suffragette hunger strike medal sold in Somerset saleroom

24 May 2019

With so many Suffragette medals on the market during the past year and a half, coinciding in 2018 with the centenary of votes for women in the UK, it is the added extras that can make all the difference to auction price.

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Manchester City first ever FA Cup win in 1904 marked by Billy Meredith gold watch coming up for auction

24 May 2019

When Manchester City lifted the FA Cup this month they created football history by becoming the first club to win all three major English domestic honours in the same season. A watch coming up for auction from a very different era marks their first ever FA Cup success, however.

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Original artwork for James Bond You Only Live Twice 1967 film poster makes double top estimate at auction

22 May 2019

The name’s McGinnis. Robert McGinnis. A name which may not be as immediately familiar as James Bond, but if you love all things 007 you will have admired his work at some point.

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Faces from Firsts: Interviews with three exhibitors at the upcoming book fair in the capital

21 May 2019

A trio of exhibitors at London’s rare book fair 'Firsts' ponder the market, their motivations – plus flooded shops and heavy metal.

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Vietnam War 1968 shell shocked soldier photo sets Don McCullin world auction record

21 May 2019

With photographer Don McCullin in the spotlight thanks to the recent Tate Britain exhibition of his hard-hitting work, it has been a good time to auction one of his most famous images.

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Rusty and damaged Marklin toy train set found in a garage pulls away to £6500 auction result

20 May 2019

It may have been rusty, damaged and lying in a garage in a state of disrepair but a pre-war clockwork toy train set still sold for a hammer price of £6500 at a Cumbrian auction house.

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All aboard for bone ship models

20 May 2019

Intricate representation labelled as a Royal Navy vessel has French prisoner-of-war origin.

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King of Siam's golden gifts to an enterprising Dane

20 May 2019

Two impressive golden bowls presented by the king of Siam to an enterprising Danish admiral, businessman and politician star in Bruun Rasmussen’s May 28 auction in Copenhagen.

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Well-preserved example of the improved Second World War coding machine is up for sale

20 May 2019

Codes are there to be broken, as the Second World War British team at Bletchley Park proved by cracking the German Enigma machines.

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John Thomas Serres oil painting showing Plymouth was ‘early sat nav’ for sailors

20 May 2019

An oil in gilt frame by John Thomas Serres (1759-1825) of 'The Entrance to Plymouth Sound' offered at Charles Miller’s (24% buyer’s premium) April 30 auction represented a primitive but effective early sat nav for ships.

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Montague Dawson depicts a mystery race

20 May 2019

A classic oil on canvas of yacht racing by renowned British painter Montague Dawson (1890-1973) was top-seller of The Marine Sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) on May 1.

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Russian sword owned by prince who died in action

20 May 2019

A Russian battle sword is on offer at Morphy Auctions in the June 12 sale in Denver, Pennsylvania, estimated at $50,000-100,000.

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Beatles 'Butcher' album cover sold for a record in Liverpool Fab Four memorabilia sale

17 May 2019

John Lennon’s personal and signed ‘Butcher’ cover Yesterday and Today album prototype from 1966 sold for a record-breaking £180,000 ($234,400), including premium, in an auction held in Liverpool.

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Pick of the week: Figurehead full of canine quality points way to £52,000 result at Charles Miller auction

13 May 2019

A carving of a deerhound which once adorned a 19th century yacht more than doubled the house record for a figurehead at a Charles Miller auction in west London. The item sold for £52,000 had a royal connection but it was the quality and condition which secured the high price, said Miller.