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1) Dorchester saleroom Duke's to hold ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade

Duke’s of Dorchester has announced what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.


One of the rooms at Athelhampton including a Charles II japanned cabinet on stand exhibited in the 'Treasure Houses of Britain' exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, in 1984.

2) BADA president Victoria Borwick resigns from role

Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA), has resigned after nearly four years in the post.

Victoria Borwick

Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, has resigned.

3) Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

Book of Hours

A Book of Hours dating to c.1460-70 from the southern Netherlands, possibly Bruges, that has been restored to The University and Regional Library of Bonn.

4) “An absolute belter” – ‘Anglo-German’ George I bookcase bid to £120,000

An extraordinary George I burr walnut bureau bookcase was bought for £120,000 when Duke’s of Dorchester sold the contents of Moigne Combe earlier this month.

George I bookcase

The George I burr walnut bureau bookcase that sold for £120,000 at Duke’s.

5) Collection from the “extraordinary life” of Harold Wilson and his wife Mary comes to auction in Staffordshire

Harold Wilson (1916-95) was Britain’s prime minister not once, but twice and was the man who offered Britain its first referendum on membership of the then European Community and the Common Market. Now, his collection of pipes, passports, paintings and personal papers is coming to auction.

Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson (1916-95). The Harold and Mary Wilson Collection is to be offered at Hansons in May.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period April 11-17, 2019.