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Austral Islands ceremonial kava ladle

Pick of the week: The scoop on an Austral Islands kava ladle found in Derbyshire

22 April 2024

A Polynesian ladle surfaced in a Derbyshire saleroom, selling for nearly five-times its £500-700 estimate.

Hansons Derbyshire

Jewellery taken during ram raid at Hansons auction house

22 April 2024

Hansons’ saleroom in Derbyshire has been the victim of a ram-raid break-in.

The Treasure House Fair

The Treasure House Fair hopes to ease Brexit red tape

22 April 2024

The Treasure House Fair hopes to tempt more overseas exhibitors to future fairs with a new deal designed to make importing and exporting simpler and cheaper.

Coins of England

Spink sells Coins of England reference book to Sovereign Rarities

22 April 2024

The industry-standard reference book for British coins has been sold by Spink to fellow London numismatic dealership and auction house Sovereign Rarities.

Wall-mounted telephone

Collectors respond to call for earliest phone bidding at Massachusetts auction

22 April 2024

Relics from the dawn of the electro-magnetic telephone created a sensation when they appeared for sale in Massachusetts.

Fifty Fathoms diving watch

Blancpain watch bought in 1957 surfaces at auction

22 April 2024

The Fifty Fathoms diving watch was born in the 1950s from the encounter between the Swiss firm Blancpain and the French Ministry of Defence.

Sculptures by Laurence Edwards

New Messums gallery to aid Lowestoft regeneration

22 April 2024

Messums, the modern and contemporary art dealership in London and Wiltshire, plans to open a new premises in the east of England next spring.


Nicholson women showcased at Crane Kalman

22 April 2024

William and Ben have to step aside as gallery exhibition recognises a long-running artistic dynasty


Sutherland’s ‘investigative’ Churchill study comes to auction

22 April 2024

Sotheby’s is offering one of the most complete surviving studies of Sir Winston Churchi ll by Graham Sutherland (1903-80). It was painted in preparation for the famous final portrait - a work which the sitter violently loathed and was later destroyed.


Judge Dredd makes his comic debut

22 April 2024

When 2000AD made its debut the year itself was still 23 years away.


Kidder the cookery school pioneer comes up at auction

22 April 2024

Sought-after book of recipes including a puff-pastry print first was intended for the use of his pupils

Faked de Lamerie marks

Goldsmiths committee discusses de Lamerie fakes

22 April 2024

Delegates attending the latest Goldsmiths’ Company London Assay Office seminar on April 12 were warned to be alert for faked objects purporting to be by the preeminent 18th century Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751).


Tinplate landscape viewed as worth four times estimate

22 April 2024

Toy specialist Lankes (25% buyer’s premium) in Döhlau, Germany auctioned the extensive inventory of the private museum in Prague belonging to Ivan Steiger, who is equally well-known as a caricaturist and a collector of toys.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, April 23-May 20, 2024

22 April 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book and works on paper sales


Silver lights up Dr Fischer's 300th auction

22 April 2024

European dealers and collectors competed for pieces of 18th century Transylvanian silver which were on sale at the 300th auction of Dr Fischer (30% buyer’s premium) in Heilbronn, Germany.


Wirksworth beats the weather

22 April 2024

“Despite the awful weather we still had over 50 stalls and our indoor venue, the Memorial Hall was packed,” said Sally-Anne Swindell, organiser of the Wirksworth Antiques in the Street’s early April event in the eponymous Peak District market town.


Fair ideal for new contacts

22 April 2024

Aspal Antiques launched at the 140-acre Stonham Barns Park near Stowmarket in Suffolk in 2021.


London art dealer buys Moore’s classical women at German auction

22 April 2024

British artist Albert Joseph Moore (1841-93) was predestined to become a painter, following in the footsteps of his father and four of his 13 siblings.


I saw the potential for growth

22 April 2024

Antiques business takes root in a former chicken house/mushroom farm


Previews: issue 2640

22 April 2024

Our selection of lots from 14 upcoming auctions