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1) Bonhams' former owner and chairman Robert Brooks dies

Former chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks has died aged 64. ATG understands he passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

Robert Brooks, the former chairman of Bonhams

Robert Brooks grew Bonhams into a global enterprise.

2) Cambridgeshire dealer spots clock and table sleepers at auctions

A rare early 18th century folding table and a William III clock were spotted at recent auctions by a Cambridgeshire dealer.


A George II mahogany triple folding harlequin games table by Thomas Potter, c.1735, now sold by Spencelayhs to a private collector for a five-figure sum.

3) Butterfly-handled tea service and a group of Anglo-Saxon roundels are among six lots to watch

With estimates from £100-12,000, here are six previews of upcoming items at auction.

Butterfly handle

A detail of the handles on the 20-piece Aynsley tea service – estimate £400-600 at Featonby’s.

4) Oppenheimer collection at Sotheby's includes Meissen created for founder of the factory Augustus the Strong

On September 14 Sotheby’s New York will be offering a select auction of early Meissen porcelain that includes pieces created for the collections of Augustus the Strong, who founded the famous factory.


One of the pair of Augustus Rex blue ground beaker vases of Chinese Gu shape estimated at $70,000-100,000 at Sotheby's in New York.

5) Steam ship model stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a ‘museum quality’ steam ship model that made over double estimate in Suffolk.

Steam Yacht Oriental model

A ship model of the Steam Yacht Oriental – £12,700 at Lacy Scott & Knight.


This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period August 26-September 1, 2021.