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Mary Fedden demand strong across UK

19 March 2018

A pair of trademark gouaches by Mary Fedden (1915-2012) drew strong bidding at auctions in Derbyshire and Essex.

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Suffragettes in sashes replace snakes and ladders for board game up at auction

13 March 2018

The suffragette memorabilia collecting market throws up some pretty strange items at times but few can be more unusual than the board game Pank-a-Squith.

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History reveals ghostly truth

12 February 2018

It is a year now since Jim Spencer joined Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (20% buyer’s premium), tasked with building up the book sections of their sales.

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Dealers source pine furniture from fairs and auctions to restore

12 February 2018

Antique pine furniture has many followers who buy it battered and cheap and simply ‘tart it up’ with an invariably low degree of skill and taste to sell on.

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Gold ring found near minster sells at Hansons

05 February 2018

An iconographic gold ring – perhaps once belonging to a bishop or senior member of the clergy in the Yorkshire area – sold for £7100 at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Etwall, Derbyshire.

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Chinese bowls serve up six figures each

05 February 2018

Promoted as including the contents from a Derbyshire country home, the three-day pre-Christmas sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) was more notable for two unusual collections and pieces which came in after a valuation day.

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Football programmes at auction recall when Wolves were champions of the world and inspired European Cup

01 February 2018

Wolves may now be flying high at the top of the Championship after decades of underachievement but nearly 70 years ago they were soaring to European heights, as football programmes up at auction demonstrate.

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Career launched by pocket money pottery purchases

15 January 2018

Not only is industrious Derbyshire auction house Hansons about to launch its new saleroom down south, but it is also starting a new sale format building on the popular tribal art collecting scene.

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Contents of Warwickshire’s Luddington Manor goes to auction at Hansons

12 January 2018

Furniture, paintings, ceramics and silver are among the items from Grade II-listed Luddington Manor to be offered at Hansons’ Antiques and Collectors’ auction later this month.

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Stan Mortensen 1953 FA Cup final hat-trick football to be offered at Derbyshire auction

06 January 2018

With a full weekend of FA Cup action kicking off last night, it is a perfect time to reveal that the only football ever used to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup final at the original Wembley Stadium is coming up at auction.

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Nelson and Lawrence of Arabia footwear stroll to Hansons auction success

23 December 2017

Footwear is always topical at this time of year thanks to careless Cinderella and her mislaid slipper. So it’s a perfect chance to bring news of a couple of intriguing items sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons.

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Lawrence of Arabia sandals emerge from supermarket carrier bag into Derbyshire auction

14 December 2017

A supermarket carrier bag concealed a battle-weary but still wearable pair of sandals worn by Lawrence of Arabia.

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Donkey work pays off for £17,000 Golden Asse

11 December 2017

Employing a translation made in the 16th century by William Adlington, the 1924 Ashendene edition of The Golden Asse of Lucius Apuleius was printed in the press’ proprietary Subiaco type in an edition of just 124 copies, of which 16 were printed on vellum but only 13 offered for sale.

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Horse whispers and festive song at Hansons

13 November 2017

Not many new faces at salerooms can include among their experience “a trained horse whisperer”.

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Jimi Hendrix memorabilia strikes the right chord at auction

27 October 2017

50 years on and Hendrix still rocks – Hansons Auctioneers has sold a note, written on the back of a packet of guitar strings in 1967, for £5700.

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Owen once, Owen twice... Owen once, Owen twice... reticulated wares roll into two sales

23 October 2017

Dominated by two lots of Chinese porcelain, the September 28-30 sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) also included eight Royal Worcester pieces by George Owen (1845-1917) who was inspired by the Orient to produce his trademark reticulated wares.

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Where’s Wally? In the Etwall saleroom

16 October 2017

Among the most coveted of all Martinware is the ‘Wally’ bird. These quirky and grotesque jars (really caricatures of people in Victorian London), were produced from the early 1880s onwards and were named after their maker Robert Wallace Martin, one of four brothers who ran the famous British pottery.

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Pick of the Week: Yongzheng dish serves £230,000

09 October 2017

Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire sold a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period dish for £230,000 (plus premium) on September 29.

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Charles Hanson sells Chinese dish for seven times estimate at Derbyshire auction

29 September 2017

A Chinese dish, once valued on the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’, has sold at Hansons Auctioneers for £230,000.

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Swallow Fairs moves indoors for winter months at Donington Park

25 September 2017

Changes at Donington Park encourage moves indoors to Warwickshire during colder months...