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The key to value when it comes to selling Waterloo Medals

30 January 2023

With 39,000 of these campaign honours given out, which ones can generate extra demand and achieve higher prices?

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Saleroom’s very local hero from just down the road

30 January 2023

Medals awarded to a gallant soldier who was gassed in the First World War were sold at auction just a few minutes’ walk from the house where he was born.

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Titanic survivor was luckier serving on land in wartime

30 January 2023

The personal stories behind medals are becoming increasingly relevant to collectors.

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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Timely reminder of horses at war

30 January 2023

By the end of the First World War it has been estimated that over eight million horses had died.

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Rare gold medal awarded to one of Nelson's Band of Brothers takes six-figure sum at auction

30 January 2023

Vice Admiral Davidge Gould was the last surviving member of Nelson’s Band of Brothers, dying in 1847

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Arms and armour: Personal touch gives 'warts and all' weapons the auction edge

23 January 2023

Specialist buyers turn out in force to bid for rusty ‘warts and all’ weapons amassed by dealer-collector

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Mr Brainwash convinces the bidders

23 January 2023

Works by Mr Brainwash (b.1966) are becoming an increasingly common sight at auction.

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Leading figure Warhol stays lucrative for consignors

23 January 2023

A group of eight Andy Warhol (1928-87) prints came to auction at Van Ham (32% buyer’s premium including VAT) in Cologne at the end of last year, including a few of his most famous subjects from documented editions of the 1960-80s.

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Sussex militaria makes strong showing in auction on home turf

23 January 2023

A selection of militaria with solid Sussex interest appeared at Lewes saleroom Wallis & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium).

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Allen Jones: work to Sir Terence Conran’s taste

23 January 2023

Allen Jones (b.1937) is regarded as one of the pioneers of early British pop art.

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Pluck of the Irish

23 January 2023

A pair of militaria highlights related to Irish regiments that came up in recent auctions.

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Bidders target ‘exceptionally rare’ gun by an innovative provincial maker

23 January 2023

While London gun-makers featured heavily – and lucratively – at Gavin Gardiner’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on December 14, provincial makers also got a look in.

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Lichtenstein and Warhol with a touch of Hockney

23 January 2023

Key artists in the American pop art movement such as Roy Lichtenstein (1923-97) and Andy Warhol (1929- 87) make big ticket prices.

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Poignant reminder of home front perils in the Second World War

23 January 2023

A rare Second World War helmet worn by members of a little-known unit of the UK home front comes for sale at Sworders on February 7.

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Shipshape and soup shape prints make Maine attraction

23 January 2023

Among the graphic works on offer in Thomaston Place’s Winter Enchantment sale in Maine on February 24-26 are these two prints by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

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Clive Barker: a sculptor who took a hard look at the Swinging Sixties

23 January 2023

In August and September 2021 London gallery Whitford Fine Art held an exhibition titled Sand Casts devoted to a British pop artist prominent in the Swinging Sixties who had renewed his successful career in the Nineties.

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The greatest hits of arms and armour collector Elvis

23 January 2023

Birmingham-born Roy Elvis (1944- 2022) inherited his family interest in antiques and started collecting furniture and decorative arts from an early age.

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Pop art: Pioneer Sir Peter Blake's accessible print editions

23 January 2023

The term ‘pop art’ normally conjures up images of colourful and ‘hip’ artworks from the 1950s-60s.

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Rothschild Qing cache packed away but now seeing the light of sale day

02 January 2023

A major draw to a recent Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art was a cache of Qing porcelain and hardstone carvings previously owned by Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961).

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