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1) Russian porcelain figures taken to 300-times estimate at Tennants’ auction

A major competition came for a set of Russian porcelain figures at Tennants’ Country House sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Russian porcelain figures

A group of 14 Russian porcelain figures that made £190,000 at Tennants.

2) Auction of Staffordshire manor house contents unearths first edition copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations

A first edition copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations has been unearthed during final preparations for the sale of the contents of a Staffordshire manor house.

3) Lost Henry VIII tapestry found in Spain goes on show in the UK

A previously lost tapestry, commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court during turmoil of the English Reformation, has been rediscovered in Spain and is going on view at a London dealership.

4) ‘Only Fools and Horses’ fans dressed as Batman and Robin win Midlands auction to buy prop from TV series

A prop that featured in the BBC comedy ‘Only Fools and Horses’ sold for a hammer price of £28,000 at Dudley auction house Aston's. The winning bidders arrived at the saleroom suitably attired – in a Batman and Robin costume.

Only Fools and Horses

The winning bidders for the £28,000 ‘The Mariners’ watch that featured in an episode of 'Only Fools and Horses'. The fans of the show dressed as Batman and Robin for the occasion.

5) Bidders snap up letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection at Trevanion & Dean auction

A group of 66 letters from the collection of an important patron of Pre-Raphaelite artists raised a £25,000 total at Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.