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Classic cars: Why the pre-war era is seen as the golden years of motoring

20 June 2022

The thirties became a period when mass production and Art Deco style combined to power cars to new heights of usage and popularity before war intervened

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Gravesend: three miles beyond Jamaica

20 June 2022

Bid to £4000 – 10 times low estimate – in a May 18 sale held by Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn were two albums of what were defined as grotesque-style caricature portraits.

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The web shop window: Michel Dahl portrait of Mrs Theodora Cowper

20 June 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Michelin Man reads a map

20 June 2022

A selection of lots relating to vehicles opens Poster Auctions International’s sale in New York on July 12.

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ATG letter: Salerooms should get on board with in-house shipping

20 June 2022

In many ways the advance of online auction platforms has been good all round, and most auction houses have stepped up to the mark with good liaison with regard to condition reports, efficient billing, and shipping purchases at realistic prices. I factor such in-house shipping costs into my bidding.

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Truman defends atom bombing

20 June 2022

Treasures from the Melvin ‘Pete’ Mark Jnr Collection, a Heritage (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) auction in Dallas that ended on May 7, presented a remarkable range of material.

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Fifties Mercedes-Benz takes auction pole position

20 June 2022

The world record for a car sold at auction was broken last month when a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was hammered down for €135m (£112m) on May 5.

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Superman and his wallpower

20 June 2022

This Superman Krypto-Raygun is a vintage projector toy that allows the user to flash picture stories onto the wall.

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Bid Barometer: issue 2548

20 June 2022

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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Deruta portrait plate offered in Paris

20 June 2022

This Italian maiolica plate painted with a profile portrait of man and an inscribed scrolling ribbon comes from Deruta and dates from the early 16th century.

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Rare broadside bid to £2800

20 June 2022

Bid to £2800 via thesaleroom.com in a Forum Auctions (25/20/12.5% buyer’ premium) sale of May 5 was this seemingly very rare broadside published in London by James Catnach.

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Classic Mercedes that became a prized possession

20 June 2022

The vendor of this 1966 Mercedes W111 250 SE Auto Coupé won it in a competition.

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Grand Tourists who got serious

20 June 2022

The term ‘Grand Tour picture’ is somewhat amorphous. It is mostly used to refer to 18th century and 19th century works purchased by wealthy young gentleman on their travels around Europe, particularly in Italy, as they ‘completed’ their education.

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Trailblazer Booth showed beauty of older items

20 June 2022

A group of 140 lots owned by dealer Joanne Booth is coming to auction in Henley-on-Thames this summer.

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Giulia gets away successfully

20 June 2022

This exciting 1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1300 emerged for auction at Tennants (10% buyer’s premium).

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Delftware acquired by US dealer couple offered in Pennsylvania auction

20 June 2022

Pook & Pook of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, is to offer works from the estate of Mark and Marjorie Allen, antiques dealers from New Hampshire, over two days on June 30 and July 1.

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Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale

20 June 2022

Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.

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Dealer news in brief including Eskenazi's series of summer exhibitions

20 June 2022

A round-up of news and events from around the trade.

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George Formby grateful for his big brake

20 June 2022

Lancashire singer, comedian and actor George Formby (1904-61) performed to audiences around in the world in the 1930s-40s. Famous for his comical and occasionally double entendre-laden songs, he became Britain’s highest-paid entertainer at the time.

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Civilotti revives Etruscan era

20 June 2022

This 19th century, c.1850, archaeological revivalist 22ct gold necklace by Carlo Civilotti of the Civilotti family of jewellers in Rome will feature in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ wide-ranging three-day auction taking place in Maine on July 8-10

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