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Photographic viewing device can operate all day and night

15 April 2024

The invention of the megalethoscope by the Swiss-Italian optician and photographer Carlo Ponti greatly enhanced the experience of viewing photographs.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2639

15 April 2024

ATG’s pick of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com, featuring both the highest prices over-estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Rare British camera emerges from Viennese source

15 April 2024

Austin Farahar, head of cameras and photography at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium), was recently contacted by a budding documentary photographer in Vienna who had received a collection of old cameras from his in-laws.

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Previews: issue 2639

15 April 2024

Our selection of lots from 13 upcoming auctions

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Rock on with a jukebox purchase

15 April 2024

Perfect to impress your friends and family – or annoy them – many vintage jukeboxes can be bought at auction for three or four figures depending on age, model and condition.

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Seven works give market snapshot of Spencer Watson

15 April 2024

A group of seven works by George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) provided a boost to Minster Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) recent two-day sale of fine art and antiques.

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Slot machines provide all the fun of the seaside even in rain

15 April 2024

Once ubiquitous in British seaside resorts in their day, many pre-war amusement arcade machines are now so rare that just a handful are recorded.

British and Irish book auctions, April 17-May 8, 2024

15 April 2024

Our regular listing of books and works on paper sales

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Cornish art collection creates Newlyn School wave of interest

15 April 2024

One of the most important groups of works by the artists’ colony to emerge recently indicates level of demand in this market

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Medieval astrolabe finds its way to a London saleroom

15 April 2024

The astrolabe was used for not only telling the time, but mapping one’s location, tracking the stars, and even as an astrological tool for decision-making.

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Goniometer going, going, gone at £2700

15 April 2024

This Victorian lacquered brass device made by Elliot Brothers of London is a reflecting goniometer.

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Science & technology: Collectors who know their type

15 April 2024

Knowledgeable bidders generated high prices for early typewriters at German technology specialist’s latest sale

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Botanical group features in Battle auction action

15 April 2024

Twenty-six lots in the Science, Natural History and Curiosities sale at Burstow & Hewett (20% buyer’s premium) in Battle were previously owned by local botanist and entomologist George West.

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Comic featuring Superman debut soars to record sum

15 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Hoppen takes a fresh view of Japan

15 April 2024

'Okashi', the Japanese term for anything strange, unusual or deliberately humorous, defines the array of pieces on display at Michael Hoppen’s first exhibition held in its new premises in Holland Park, west London.

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Copy of Toulouse-Lautrec's first poster emerges in US sale

15 April 2024

'Moulin Rouge, La Goulue' was Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s first commissioned poster and it launched his poster-making career overnight.

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Professor lost his head but kept it as well

15 April 2024

Though the performer is largely forgotten today, two Bénévol-related items appeared at Bernaerts (25% buyer’s premium) in Antwerp as part of a Circus & Magic sale.

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News in brief including a mural featured on 'Fake or Fortune?' being withdrawn from auction

15 April 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the auction of a Mod Brit mural from an episode of 'Fake or Fortune?' being postponed.

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Giant Garrard wine cistern adds plenty of weight to Heritage Auctions' sale

15 April 2024

Almost 3ft (90cm) wide and weighing a massive 710oz, this Edwardian wine cistern is marked for Garrard & Co, London, 1903.

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More from the Bobins collection: Danube danger overcome by the intrepid Ludwig

15 April 2024

Leading Forum’s (30/24/14.4% buyer’s premium inc VAT) March 27 auction of more books from the remarkable library of Norman Bobins was a complete copy of a German work following the course of the Danube from its source to the Black Sea.

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