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1) Armorial head with link to Anne Boleyn stars in our pick of five auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 16th century oak head of a crowned leopard that made 10-times estimate in Essex.

Oak armorial head

Oak armorial head – £12,000 at Sworders.

2) Ritual bronzes unearthed in Yorkshire come to auction at Hansons

A hoard of Romano-British bronzes discovered by metal detectorists in North Yorkshire last year will be offered at auction.

Marcus Aurelius bust

A bust of Marcus Aurelius discovered in Ryedale.

3) Californian museum acquires Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘record’ Lucretia picture

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired a work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593- c.1654) that had previously sold for a record auction price in 2019.

Artemisia Gentileschi Lucretia

'Lucretia', c. 1627 by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c.1654) has been acquired by the Getty museum.

4) View of the Thames by Victorian artist stuns market with six-figure sum at Bonhams

An extraordinary five minutes of bidding came at Bonhams for a painting by Alice Boyd (1823-97) which set an auction record 29 times over.


The Thames from Cheyne Walk by Alice Boyd – £190,000 at Bonhams.

5) An Omar Ramsden silver spoon and a Polar medal are among six lots to watch at auction

With estimates from £100-7000 here are six previews of upcoming items.


George V silver and peacock enamel caddy spoon marked for Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr (London 1913) – estimate £750-950 at the Cotswold Auction Company on April 13-14.

This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period April 8-14 2021.