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News and previews of art and antiques sold at auctions throughout the UK and overseas, from multi-million-pound blockbusters to affordable collectables.


Kinsham Court in Herefordshire

Contents from Arkwright family home consigned to Bonhams

19 August 2022

The contents of Kinsham Court, the Herefordshire home of the Arkwright family, will be offered at Bonhams in October.

Minton teapot

Buyer shells out for a tortoise teapot

15 August 2022

Among the most desirable examples of Victorian majolica is the series of whimsical teapots produced by factories in the second half of the 19th century.

George IV dining table

Pick of the week: George IV period dining table in demand at Bath sale

15 August 2022

A recent sale at Aldridges of Bath (20% buyer’s premium) included a fine George IV period mahogany extending dining table.

Welsh treen

‘Finest’ Welsh treen collection consigned to Bonhams

15 August 2022

Bonhams is to offer what it calls ‘the finest collection of Welsh treen ever presented’ for auction next month.

Pilkington’s panel

Pilkington’s St George so good it was worth a repeat

15 August 2022

A large plaster relief panel executed by Pilkington’s, designed by Gordon Forsyth and modelled by Richard Joyce, will be offered at Gildings next month.

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To TS Eliot from Virginia Woolf

15 August 2022

“Dear Tom, I should like to write a story called ‘Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street’ (the title, I suppose, could be changed if necessary). I should certainly expect to let you have it by Oct. 1st.”

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Calm head in face of mutiny

15 August 2022

Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Kelly (1871-1936) had a decent wartime career in the Royal Navy but it was a peacetime crisis that also showed his skills: the Invergordon Mutiny.

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Sèvres and maiolica stand out in particular among long-established dealer family’s collection

15 August 2022

The Nicolier family were long-established antiques dealers who were based on the Quai Voltaire on the Parisian left bank for many decades.

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Medieval initials add a touch of colour to Bloomsbury sale

15 August 2022

The two cut-out and trimmed coloured initials illustrated here are part of a group of six, taken from two manuscripts of 12th century French origin, that made up a lot sold for £10,000 in a July 6 sale held by Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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‘Lustie’ farmers sought for a pioneering settlement

15 August 2022

Bearing as its title ‘Certain Directions for the Sending of Men and Comodities, & Cattle to Virginia’, a 10pp secretarial manuscript thought to date from c.1609 proved a major attraction in a July 14 sale held by Forum (15/20/12.5% buyer’s premium).

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Bid Barometer: issue 2555

15 August 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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Internet research now a huge influence on a buoyant medals market, says Spink's department head

15 August 2022

To get an idea of the healthy nature of the medals market at the moment, consider the Victoria Cross sold at Spink (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

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Mucha takes a nibble at the biscuit tin market

15 August 2022

The sales at Poster Auctions International (20% buyer’s premium) in New York regularly include a selection of examples by Alphonse Mucha and its most recent auction was no exception.

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Jet off to the US thanks to Sabena

15 August 2022

Sabena was mainland Europe’s first airline to offer a transatlantic jet service via Boeing 707 and this design by Gaston Van den Eynde is one of a series that he designed to herald the Belgian airline’s jet age.

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Previews: issue 2555

15 August 2022

A selection of eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Art Market: Shepherd and Mod Brits are flying high

15 August 2022

This summer was something of a feast when it came to the Modern British art auctions in London.

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Life lost when saving others

15 August 2022

Unique medal combinations will always catch a collector’s eye, particularly when accompanied by a highly emotive backstory.

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Lamb views life with a self-focus

15 August 2022

A small group of highly personal works by Henry Lamb (1883-1960) provided an intriguing insight into his life and work at the Modern British art sales at Bonhams this summer.

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Buyer goes deep into Gulley

15 August 2022

This cased pair of English flintlock duelling pistols by Joseph Gulley, London, c.1810-15, sold for £8600 at Halls (20/12% buyer’s premium) in a timed online sale that ended on August 2.

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Napoleonic memorabilia: Bust of Boney sold at Sotheby's among latest highlights

15 August 2022

Rediscovered sculpted portrait heads a special report covering recent lots linked to the man who became emperor, dedicated to both his triumphs and defeats

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