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Sidney Nolan work found in a cupboard

13 May 2019

A monogram and faint signature to a botanical study sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) revealed it to be the work of celebrated Australian artist Sidney Nolan (1917-92).

Jaguar ready for Derby days

25 March 2019

Jaguar Fairs is launching a new biannual two-day antiques, collectors’ and vintage fair in Derby with the first to be held on Saturday and Sunday June 8-9 at the Derby Conference Centre.

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Bamfords' James Lewis aims for Guinness Book of Records with marathon charity auction

20 March 2019

James Lewis, founder and director of Bamfords auctioneers in Derbyshire, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous auction taken by a single auctioneer, in aid of wildlife charities.

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Hit and hiss: Triqueti Cleopatra in ivory takes £22,000

04 March 2019

Following the fall of Louis-Philippe in the 1848 revolution, the French royal sculptor Henri Joseph Francois, Baron de Triqueti (1804-74) was obliged to cast his net further afield for new patrons.

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Pick of the week: The floral shell shock

04 February 2019

Lovely bunch of blooms? A closer look reveals Irish Quaker’s conchological talent...

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Engineer works out how to keep a torpedo straight

19 November 2018

It was a British engineer, Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) – working in Austria at the instigation of the Austrian Navy – who developed the first self-propelled torpedo in the 1850s.

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Picasso’s lithography love shown at Bamfords sale in Derby

03 September 2018

Just a month after the Second World War, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was in Paris working at the lithography workshop of Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988). It was the beginning of a collaboration that would last almost three decades and produce more than 400 different graphic images and editions.

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Derby porcelain show drums up buyers’ attention at winter edition of ‘Antiques for Everyone’ in Birmingham

01 December 2017

The final 2017 edition of the ‘Antiques for Everyone’ fair (November 23-26) had particularly good results in porcelain.

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Lalique bowl is a rooster booster at Bamfords

04 September 2017

Not quite perfect but always likely to exceed the £300-350 estimate, a Lalique powder bowl was one of the top sellers at Bamfords’ (19.5% buyer’s premium) August 2 sale at Derby.

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Boer war tinned emergency rations to be auctioned at Hansons

08 March 2017

The two Boer Wars were real eye-openers to the Brits in many ways. It was a period when colonial campaigns collided with the reality of modern warfare, and supplying a mass army was a big part of this.

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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.

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Pelham collection pulls all the right strings in Derby

30 September 2015

Bimbo The Giant Clown was the beaming white face of Pelham Puppets for decades.

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Golden age pieces make their mark

23 July 2014

A recent sale at Bamfords of Derby included two outstanding pieces of Chippendale period rococo furniture, both consigned by a local lady who had inherited them from her father.

Recovery of items from Derby theft

12 September 2012

Several items stolen from Derby Museum and Art Gallery’s storage facility have been recovered and two arrests have been made.

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Derby now hit in spate of museum thefts

13 August 2012

Coins, medals and watches worth over £50,000 have been stolen as a series of museum break-ins continues.

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Paul de Lamerie silver salts take £19,000 in Derby

21 March 2011

A SET of four George II silver salts by the celebrated Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) sold for a double-estimate £19,000 at Hansons' latest sale at the Mackworth Hotel in Derby.

Two new fairs for Arthur Swallow

01 June 2010

ARTHUR Swallow Fairs, organisers of the giant antiques and collectors’ event at the Lincolnshire Showground, will launch two new fairs this year.

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A new view of Scott at the Pole

18 May 2010

• Stoker's great granddaughter puts unique cache up for sale • Collection includes, letters, photos and even table waresA remarkable collection of documents and artefacts relating to the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13 will be sold by Bamfords of Derby on May 26. The cache of largely unseen material has been entered for sale by the great granddaughter of Edward Archibald McKenzie, a crewman on the expedition supply ship Terra Nova.

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A rare Derbyshire signpost to £19,000

29 April 2010

THIS previously unrecorded George II mahogany ‘sign post’ angle barometer was made by the gifted mechanician and scientist John Whitehurst (1713-1788) of Derby.

Sweep bags Sooty while dousing his opponent

06 November 2008

An early Sooty glove puppet used by Harry Corbett for the 1950s children's TV show was sold by at auction by Hanson's at the Mackworth Hotel, Derby, on October 29 for £3100.