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Halycon Fairs taking steps back to ballroom

07 June 2021

Dealer Duncan Pembroke of Halycon Fairs is preparing for the first of his two-day 100-plus tables monthly antiques events for 16 months, taking place in the Derbyshire town of Buxton on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20.

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Business bright in Buxton despite weather

07 June 2021

The Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair made a welcome return to the annual fair calendar with a well-attended four-day event in the Peak District.

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Metal detectorists’ bronze discoveries sell for £185,000 at Hansons

20 May 2021

A hoard of Romano-British bronzes, including a bust believed to represent Emperor Marcus Aurelius, has sold at Hansons for £185,000.

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Roald Dahl: ‘Never shelter children from the world’

10 May 2021

The Library Auction at Hansons (Bishton Hall, Staffordshire) on June 15 includes this autograph letter by Roald Dahl.

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Brangwyn the bachelor boy

10 May 2021

From 1932-34 Clarice Cliff was the art director for a project involving nearly 30 artists of the day to promote good design on tableware.

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Nicholas Parsons collection offered by WR Harvey at Buxton fair

03 May 2021

Items belonging to the late comedian and entertainer Nicholas Parsons (1923-2020) are being unveiled at The Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair in Derbyshire – the first ‘in person’ event of its type to take place in England this year.

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Ritual bronzes unearthed in Yorkshire come to auction at Hansons

12 April 2021

A hoard of Romano-British bronzes discovered by metal detectorists in North Yorkshire last year will be offered at auction.

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Rock ‘n’ not just a roll

05 April 2021

They sang about a Champagne Supernova but ‘24 large cans of quality lager’ were more to their taste when Oasis stipulated their needs for band and crew at an early gig.

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Pick of the week: Chieftain’s fashion statement is all the rage 2000 years later

08 March 2021

This copper alloy and champleve enamel brooch would once have graced the chariot of an Iron Age chieftain.

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Cooper Events springs back into action

08 March 2021

West Country-based fair organiser Cooper Events is targeting a late spring return following the government announcement that hospitality venues would be permitted to reopen indoors as part of ‘stage three’ of its timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions in England.

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Row breaks out over artist model’s estate sale

08 February 2021

A row has erupted over the circumstances surrounding the auction of a collection of Modern British art in Derbyshire in December.

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Work that brought colour to life

08 February 2021

Influential Moses Harris work had made no appearance in auction records and sparked vibrant bidding at Hansons.

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Broken and reglued but still sold at £200,000

04 January 2021

A recent fine art auction at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) included a once magnificent Qianlong (1735-99) copper-red and underglaze blue lantern vase.

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Ivory Cleopatra sculpture blocked from export in hope UK buyer found

22 December 2020

An export block on Death of Cleopatra by Henri de Triqueti, an ivory sculpture with British royal connections, has been announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Pick of the week: Window into 18th century gentry life

16 November 2020

An item of local interest to bidders at Bamfords in Derby was this 18th century account book for Radbourne Hall, the seat of the Chandos-Pole family.

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Watch auctioneer Charles Hanson selling the ‘ultimate lockdown find’ found in a workman’s garage

24 September 2020

An 18th century Beijing-enamel wine pot and cover described as the ‘ultimate lockdown find’ has sold for £390,000 at auction in Derbyshire.

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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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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).