Auction Reports


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Vendor chuffed as collection of British Railways photos pulls into Tennants

27 May 2024

'Large and comprehensive' was the apt description used by Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) for a collection of British Railways photographs and slides offered on April 3.

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Displays stand out at auction even without a toy

27 May 2024

The importance of an original box in good condition to the value of a toy is well known. But what about a display without any toy in sight, box or no box?

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Polyphon music box and cello in tune at auction

27 May 2024

“An impressively sized fine and rare” coin-operated upright 22in Polyphon Disk Musical Box-on-Discbin sold for £5500 in Tennants’ (24% buyer’s premium) Scientific & Musical Instruments Sale on May 15.

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Ready to fight factory fires

27 May 2024

This Huntley & Palmers factory fire service helmet with white metal mounts and H&P monogram was the highlight of a collection offered at Kent saleroom Bentley’s (20% buyer’s premium) on May 15.

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Arnhem hero was a lifesaver

27 May 2024

Medal group sold for £43,000 at a Devon sale recognised the bravery of a medic who cared for others

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West Brom player John Wile shed blood for the cause back in 1978

20 May 2024

When West Bromwich Albion player John Wile was photographed with a bloodied shirt and bandaged head during the 1978 FA Cup semi-final against Ipswich Town, it epitomised football’s rougher days.

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Fixture list lined up two sports auctions in Glasgow

20 May 2024

News that Celtic and Rangers no longer automatically qualify for the Champions League next season put a bit of a dampener on Scottish football.

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Batty cricket idea ended up full of holes

20 May 2024

Sports stars are always looking for small incremental improvements in performance that can prove crucial to the result.

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Early memorabilia gets pulse racing for cycling enthusiasts

20 May 2024

Archive sold in Somerset and bugle offered in Dorset reflect the first organised cycling clubs

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Seven up for complete set of famous Sowerby work

20 May 2024

The Science, Medicine & Early Technology auction at Flints (25% buyer’s premium) in Thatcham, Berkshire on May 1 was led by a complete seven-volume set of The Mineral Conchology of Great Britain by James Sowerby (1757-1822).

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Prices high for Man Utd programme rarities

20 May 2024

A football programme for for the Estudiantes de la Plata v Manchester United Intercontinental Cup final on September 25, 1968, hammered down at a top-estimate £10,000 in Shropshire.

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Prince of Speed Georges Hamel designed nifty posters now sought after by collectors

20 May 2024

Original printings of two of the most familiar automotive posters sold for £15,000 each at Lyon & Turnbull (26% buyer’s premium).

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Trio of Egyptian sandstone reliefs stand out in a London sale selection

13 May 2024

A highlight of Apollo Art Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) April 27-28 sale was a trio of Egyptian sandstone reliefs from the Amarna period, the 17-year reign of the radical pharaoh Amenhotep IV known as Akhenaten.

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Single-owner Nelson obsession

13 May 2024

A collection of Nelson commemoratives amassed over 30 years includes pieces once owned by the man himself

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Amelia Robertson Hill: ‘A delight to see her works attaining recognition’

06 May 2024

The Scottish sculptor Amelia Robertson Hill (1821-1904) was surrounded by artistic family members.

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Arts & Crafts clock comes with a fairytale ending

06 May 2024

This impressive clock featured in the sale held by Dorset firm Busby (25% buyer’s premium) on April 18.

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Horology holds the attention during a four-day sale

06 May 2024

Around 200 lots of clocks and watches feature in a strong section as part of a four-day sale

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Up with the revolution (for porcelain)

29 April 2024

Russian porcelain is still in demand, especially those early Soviet-era pieces from the years following the Revolution.

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Death sentence for king's mistress proves popular

29 April 2024

Warrant for Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, sells well eight years after last auction appearance

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Satyrs and nymphs back at Billingshurst

29 April 2024

The first auctions of the year at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst – a live event on March 26 and a sealed bids sale on March 27 – included this pair of rare Portland stone groups of a nymph and satyr by Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934).

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