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1) London Auctions enters liquidation with vendors left unpaid

London Auctions Ltd is insolvent and has entered liquidation proceedings. The west London firm, based at 30-34 Chiswick High Road is understood to have debts of more than £137,000 with around £44,000 owed to unpaid consignors.

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The premises of London Auctions on Chiswick High Road.

2) Replica US Open trophy leads auction of items seized from tennis star Boris Becker

The auction of sporting memorabilia seized from Boris Becker has finally taken place with some extraordinary prices bid for a series of trophies won by the bankrupt tennis star.

 US Open trophy by Tiffany that Boris Becker won

A full-size silver replica of the US Open trophy by Tiffany & Co that Boris Becker won his only US Open title by beating Ivan Lendl in the 1989 final. The trophy was previously exhibited in the Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. It was bid to £150,250 and was the top lot of the Wyles Hardy sale.

3) Sapphire intaglio ring identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems

Ahead of its auction in Salisbury, a sapphire intaglio ring has been re-catalogued after being recognised as one of the renowned Marlborough gems.

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The octagonal faceted stone carved with the bust of a Roman emperor (probably Julius Caesar) which Woolley & Wallis have identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems.

4) Dealers and collectors win High Court permission for judicial review of ivory ban law

A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a full hearing on the legality of the controversial Ivory Act, due to usher in a near-total ban on the UK trade in antique ivory when it comes into force later this year.

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UK parliament: introducing a ban on the trade in antique ivory in response to rise in modern elephant ivory poaching.

5) Silver Tompion pocket watch discovered buried in Hexham ground

A silver pocket watch by ‘father of British clockmaking’ Thomas Tompion has been literally unearthed in Northumberland.


A view of a Tompion verge watch numbered 0891 dug up in Hexham.

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