Special Auction Services

Founded in Newbury, Berkshire in 1991, Special Auction Services host a wide range of specialist collectors’ sales throughout the year.

As well as regular antiques and collectables sales, they hold tailored auctions focusing on categories such as toys, music and entertainment, cameras, sporting memorabilia, cigarette cards, postcards, jewellery, coins and watches. Their annual Trains Galore sale takes place in December.

Since 2006, the firm had been run by auctioneers Thomas Plant and Neil Shuttleworth.


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Posters lead the way on road to music stardom

17 February 2020

Concert posters from the earliest days of bands that later became famous are particulary sought-after at auction. Leading this selection from recent sales is a five-figure example from 1964 which promotes one of the first Rolling Stones tour performances, but many others are available at a lower price range announcing appearances at venues with evocative names such as Bridlington Spa Hall, Basildon Locarno Ballroom and Barnston Women’s Institute.

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Rare teddies from museum collection bare all at auction in Newbury

06 February 2020

More than 300 teddy bears collected over an eight-year period are to be auctioned later this year.

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Wedgwood vase, Minton tile and Victorian carriage clock – six lots to watch at auction this week

06 January 2020

With estimates from £40-12,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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News in brief

23 December 2019

Sotheby’s has undergone a restructure following the purchase of the auction house by telecoms businessman Patrick Drahi earlier this year.

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Treen with the Trafalgar touch

23 December 2019

Tucked inside an18th century treen model of a ship’s hull is a historic note reading This was taken out of a writing bureau belonging to Lord Collingwood. I saw the bureau and know its history.

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Railwayana, memorabilia from the Snowman film and a ‘James Bond’ watch are among four lots to watch at auction this week

16 December 2019

With estimates from £400-3200 here are four previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Trains Galore auction steams into Newbury saleroom

14 December 2019

Special Auction Services is bringing railway fans its annual Trains Galore two-day auction of more than 1000 lots.

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Star decorators from Desire Leroy to Joseph Bailey

18 November 2019

The talented Sèvres factory decorator Desire Leroy (1840-1908) came to the United Kingdom in 1878 to take up an appointment at Minton in Staffordshire. However, he is perhaps best known for his work at the Royal Crown Derby where he worked from 1890, aged 50, until his death in 1908.

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Insurance fire marks sell in a blaze of glory

18 November 2019

The practice of placing a metal mark on a building to indicate insurance against a fire started in earnest after the Great Fire of London (1666). Each insurance company had its own fire service and distinctive logo.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Kutchinsky brooch, a ceramic fire mark and a signed Oliver Cromwell document

11 November 2019

With estimates from £300-6500, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a treen model ship, Ottoman Greek silverware and an Art Deco Jazz coffee set

04 November 2019

With estimates from £80-5000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a novelty Victorian vesta case, a 1930s Britains toy lorry and a rare portrait of Rousseau

28 October 2019

With estimates from £80-15,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including cult Contemporary art, a William IV needlework sampler and a RAF clock

30 September 2019

With estimates from £150-1500, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Special Auction Services to double its space in new premises

30 September 2019

Newbury’s Special Auction Services is to expand into a double-height saleroom in the new year.

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Tanto tantalises bidders at Special Auction Services

12 August 2019

Special Auction Services’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Newbury on July 9 included a wide selection of edged weapons which was topped by a mid-19th century Japanese short sword or tanto estimated at £200-300.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Doulton brown bear, an oak chest and a Greek bronze helmet

05 August 2019

With estimates from £150-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

24 July 2019

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Churchill chairs, a portrait miniature collection and Sèvres porcelain

08 July 2019

With estimates from £100-70,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Mother and child painting by French Vietnamese artist emerges at Special Auction Services

06 May 2019

Special Auction Services of Newbury will offer a painting by French Vietnamese artist Le Pho (1907- 2001) at its May 8 sale.

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Gandolfi rarity among lots at Special Auction Services spring camera sale

15 April 2019

Special Auction Services regularly holds sales of photographic equipment cameras and photographs in its Newbury rooms.

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