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Classy canes draw interest in regional sales

31 August 2020

This sailor’s walking cane below displays many elements of the scrimshander’s art: a whalebone shaft carved with spiral fluting, collars inlaid with shell from the hawksbill turtle and a handle carved as a dove from the tooth of a sperm whale.

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Sphinx flies in black glass

24 August 2020

The best-known press-moulded models made by John Derbyshire at the Regent Road Flint Glassworks in Salford are the series of animal and figural paperweights made in frosted, flint and coloured glass.

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Batavian box gives buyer something to chew on

24 August 2020

The centuries-old Indonesian habit of chewing betel nut, the fruit of the reach palm, was quickly adopted by settlers from the Dutch East India Company who appreciated both its psychoactive properties and its importance as a local social ritual.

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Dealers sell Egyptian statue from Thomas Cook collection to City of Leicester for £150,000

17 August 2020

An ancient Egyptian granite statue has been sold to the City of Leicester from the collection of travel business Thomas Cook in a deal negotiated by London dealers Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch.

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Happy buyer gets the cream of the crop

17 August 2020

Nestlé, today a Swiss multinational corporation, was a much smaller company when this rare lithographed showcard was made.

Necklace owned by Mildred Shay

Necklace with Hollywood stardust features in our pick of five auction highlights this week

14 August 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a gold, diamond and pearl necklace owned by the 1930s American film actress Mildred Shay.

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Two handy methods to keep score the low-tech way

10 August 2020

Keeping score in the earliest days of the Football League was not as easy as checking the internet.

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Two collections of football programmes at auction surge over estimates

10 August 2020

While Manchester United and early FA Cup match programmes often make the big money at auction, a group on offer at a West Sussex saleroom showed that far less famous names can also make the running.

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Raleigh Chopper: ‘It was the coolest of bicycles’

20 July 2020

An original Raleigh Chopper bicycle that may never have been ridden has been sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) for £1250 – more than double top estimate.

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Big benefits from miniature locomotives as Gildings offers large single-owner collection

20 July 2020

Leicestershire saleroom Gildings is offering an extensive single-owner collection of large-scale model locomotives in an auction which will benefit a life-size steam railway.

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Vase designed by ‘father of art pottery movement’ makes 16-times estimate at Hansons

20 July 2020

This large 16in (40cm) high baluster faience vase, sold by Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) in Teddington, is by ‘father of art pottery movement’ Joseph-Théodore Deck (1823-91).

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IACF hails success at Newark as fairs go back to business

06 July 2020

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) kicked off its return to business with its first event after lockdown.

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JK Rowling's children's classic dumped in a skip, now £33,000

22 June 2020

Harry Potter first deemed too scruffy by a public library brings a spellbinding result

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Old Masters bidders display appetite for works unattributed or with condition issues

15 June 2020

The lockdown may have reduced the number of UK auctions taking place but buyers have been looking more eagerly for opportunities at those events that have been staged.

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Art Deco sculpture takes a final dance as the near-total trading ban looms over antique ivory

15 June 2020

As the implementation of the Ivory Act 2018 draws closer, it is approaching closing time at the last-chance saloon for UK owners who wish to monetise Art Deco chryselephantine sculpture.

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Bretby: the most affordable way to collect decent Victorian art pottery

15 June 2020

A large collection of Bretby Art Pottery formed part of the final day of selling at a recent auction at Hansons’ Bishton Hall saleroom in Staffordshire.

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Desirable Dutch and English delft lead ceramics attractions in Derby and Newbury

08 June 2020

This 8½in (21cm) Delft blue and white tulip vase below is typical in style and form of the De Metale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory.

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David Dalby cattle portrait leads Shorthorn Society auction

08 June 2020

Shortly before the UK lockdown, Cumbrian saleroom Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered works from the collection of The Shorthorn Society, a body that promotes the famous breed of cattle in the UK and Ireland.

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Sir Oswald Birley's sensitive not stern portrait of father

18 May 2020

Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952) is among the artists most represented in UK public collections. Art UK records 173 works in national museums and institutions, National Trust properties and local museums.

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Sharp eyes spot top blade at Grantham auction

27 April 2020

Ken tanto, distinguished by double-edged blades, are one of the rarer styles of Japanese sword. Most were made as Buddhist ritual implements rather than weapons and are decorated accordingly.

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