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James Lewis of Bamfords

Auctioneers Bamfords introduce ban on solid ivory

08 November 2016

Derbyshire-based Bamfords Auctioneers & Valuers has announced it will no longer sell solid ivory objects.

Stamford antiques dealer handed five-year prison sentence

28 October 2016

Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud charges.

Japanese Meiji period shodhana

Ornate Japanese cabinet from Leicestershire house takes £34,000 at Gildings’ auction

06 October 2016

“It’s a super quality piece, the sort you can stand in front of for hours appreciating the quality and intricacy,” said Will Gilding in the wake of the sale of this Meiji period shodhana for £34,000.

Former Nottingham saleroom to become a church

05 October 2016

The Church of England has purchased the former home of Neales auction house in Nottingham.

Astra Antiques

Vaulting ambition: bomb shelter provides Lincoln antiques centre with new possibilities

29 September 2016

A Lincoln antiques centre plans to boost its high-end sales with the opening of a new section of the shop – in a bomb shelter.

Hanson's Historica team with Charles Hanson

Hansons Auctioneers launches new coins and antiquities department

15 September 2016

Derbyshire based Hansons Auctioneers are expanding into coins and antiquities with a new department called Historica.

Stamford antiques dealer admits to fraud

06 September 2016

Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has admitted to fraud charges in court following a long-running probe into his Lincolnshire antiques business.

Katy Beaufoy nurse

Archive of Great War nurse brings £11,200 at Derbyshire auction

02 September 2016

An archive telling the poignant story of one of the 300 nurses who lost their lives during the First World War sold for £11,200 at Hansons of Etwall latest sale.

Charlotte and Frankie Milford

Field Dog duo’s latest business venture – new antiques centre in former Grantham malthouse

15 August 2016

Charlotte and Frankie Milford, organisers of Field Dog Fairs, have opened an antiques centre in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Galeon Hone stained glass from Withcote Chapel

‘Irreplaceable’ Tudor stained glass stolen from Leicestershire chapel

12 August 2016

A Tudor stained glass panel attributed to Galeon Hone, glazier to King Henry VIII, has been stolen from the 16th-century Withcote Chapel, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

Collage screen by Kenneth Halliwell

Screen collage by Joe Orton's lover and killer Kenneth Halliwell at auction

04 August 2016

August 9, 1967. That was the day when Kenneth Halliwell killed his lover Joe Orton using a hammer. Nine blows to the head. Halliwell then committed suicide.

Memento mori rock crystal slide from 1694

Memento mori jewellery deadly serious at auction

27 July 2016

A skull and crossbones ring or a skeleton on a chain are now likely to be seen hanging from a Goth looking like they have just stepped out of a Tim Burton film or heading for the biannual Whitby music fest.

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Watch Charles Hanson selling Qianlong vase for £650,000 at Derbyshire auction

01 July 2016

A fine Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong seal mark sold for £650,000 at the auction held today at Hansons of Etwall.

Augustus John drawing of Jacob Epstein

Augustus John drawing of Jacob Epstein sells for £80,000 at Nottingham auction

23 June 2016

A rediscovered Augustus John (1878-1961) pencil drawing of his friend Jacob Epstein sold for £80,000 at Mellors & Kirk in Nottingham.

Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong seal

Qianlong vase emerges at Derbyshire auction with £300,000-500,000 estimate

17 June 2016

Auctioneers Hansons of Etwall, Derbyshire have announced they will be offering a fine Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong seal mark at their sale on July 1.

Swallow launch new company to escape VAT

18 February 2016

Arthur Swallow Fairs, organisers of the Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show, have chosen to ‘phoenix’ their company to avoid a tax liability dating back three years.

Four charged over Stamford ‘fraud’

25 January 2016

Four people have been charged following an investigation into fraud at Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford, which began in late 2013.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson

Qianlong vase brings house record in Derbyshire

22 December 2015

Hansons of Etwall in Derbyshire posted a new house record in the closing days of 2015 with the sale of a 13in (32cm) high Qianlong (1736-95) mark and period famille rose vase for £300,000.

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Gallé vase at Hansons is broken but unbowed

03 November 2015

As suggested by an inscription to the socle reading ‘Gallé, Expo 1900’, this ovoid pedestal vase offered by Hansons of Etwall in Derbyshire had been created in the studios of Emile Gallé (1846-1904) for the ‘Exposition Universelle de Paris’ in 1900.

John Pye Auctions open showroom and luxury assets headquarters in Bond Street

30 October 2015

Nottingham-based John Pye Auctions are expanding into Mayfair.

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