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1) Long-lost Marlborough gem bid to £62,000

A sapphire intaglio ring that was identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems shortly before it was due to be auctioned was bid to £62,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

Marlborough gem sold at auction

The octagonal faceted stone carved with the bust of a Roman emperor (probably Julius Caesar) which sold for £62,000 at Woolley & Wallis.

2) Chinese glass painting, Art Deco figure and historical archive – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights includes a bronze and ivory Art Deco figure by Ferdinand Preiss, a Chinese Export reverse painted mirror and an archive of documents from a historic Berkshire estate.

Art Deco figure by Ferdinand Preiss

An Art Deco figure by Ferdinand Preiss – £13,400 at Barbara Kirk.

3) Fake or Fortune? returns to TV screens for eighth series with art sleuths Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

The latest episodes of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' are returning to TV screens.

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In the first episode of the new series of Fake or Fortune? this pastoral scene once thought to be by Thomas Gainsborough is investigated by presenters Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould. Image credit: Philip Mould & Company/ BBC.

4) Charles Dickens 'lost portrait' saved for the nation

A fundraising campaign has helped save a portrait of Charles Dickens (1812-70) rediscovered by dealer Philip Mould.


The Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, now owns the portrait of Charles Dickens (1812-70) by artist Margaret Gillies (1803-87).

5) Auction record as Boba Fett blasts to new Star Wars high

An auction record for a Star Wars toy was established when Hake’s Auctions of York, Pennsylvania, sold a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure for $95,700 (£76,600).

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A prototype figure of Boba Fett that sold for a record $95,700 (£76,600) at Hake’s Auctions.


This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period July 18-24, 2019.