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Matthews contracts score at auction

28 August 2017

Sir Stanley Matthews’ first football contract showing the legend was paid a princely £5 a week has sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons.

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Fundraiser brews for malthouse

21 August 2017

The popular annual Antiques in the Street event held in the market town of Ashbourne is being revived and will support restoration of an 18th century building.

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Heavyweight bids for a weight saving brooch

21 August 2017

Medals and orders can be heavy things. So what better way to carry around your various hard-earned gongs than a one-size-fits-all miniature version of them all?

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Mysterious Iron Age find unearthed in the Peak District offered at Hansons

18 August 2017

A mysterious 2000-year-old relic found in the Derbyshire Peak District by a local metal detectorist goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers next week.

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Chinese dish once valued at Antiques Roadshow heads to auction in Derbyshire

16 August 2017

Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire will offer a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period dish as part of its Fine Arts and Asian auction on September 29.

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Original contracts up at auction reveal Stanley Matthews £5 a week pay

04 August 2017

The eye-watering sums that footballer Neymar is set to earn as part of his £200m record transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain are put into perspective by another contract from a different era (in so many senses).

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Stirrup cup shows horse sense

24 July 2017

Despite their function, stirrup cups in the form of equine heads are a little harder to find than those of dogs and foxes.

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Police 'truncheon' from 1804 coming up at auction is the short arm of the law

18 July 2017

A very early police ‘truncheon’ up at auction on July 25 was more about the short arm of the law than long.

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Rare early photographs at auction reveal a snapshot of the Second Boer War

05 July 2017

Militaria archive material such as documents, letters and log books has been delivering strong results at auction recently, aided by cross-over appeal to photography enthusiasts.

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Banjolele once owned by music hall star George Formby comes to auction in Derbyshire

24 June 2017

An auction of a banjolele at Hansons Auctioneers will be music to the ears of George Formby fans later this month.

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Austin pedal cars power to thousands at auctions

09 May 2017

For classic car collectors, a genuine ‘barn find’ to restore is the holy grail: a cobwebbed, dust-covered vehicle which has lain undisturbed for many, many years and is calling out for a restoration project.

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Timely ivory pays off at auction

02 May 2017

A fine collection of Meiji and 19th century Chinese ivory works of art sold at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) offered a window onto a turbulent market.

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Silver choc pot is sweet success in Derbyshire sale

02 May 2017

Silver was among the success stories of the wide-ranging March 30-April 1 sale at Hansons, in particular a 1705 Britannia standard chocolate pot.

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Lebanese view of biblical scene emerges in Derbyshire auction

24 April 2017

A work by one of Lebanon’s most eminent painters, Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928), surfaced at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Etwall in Derbyshire.

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A selection of furniture from the contents auction of The Old Castle at Studley

15 April 2017

Hansons’ Spring Fine Art Auction included a collection of contents from The Old Castle at Studley, the Grade II* listed property near Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire. The entire contents from this Tudor manor house was sold over a number of different specialist sales. At the March 30-April 1 Spring sale, 14 lots from Studley were offered by the Derbyshire saleroom, selling for a total of £7000. The manor house itself recently sold for £1.7m.

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Commando classic knife sells at Derbyshire auction

10 April 2017

A classic Second World War British Commando 2nd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife sold with scabbard for £550 at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) on March 21 against an estimate of £100-120.

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Getting right to the nib of the matter

01 April 2017

The wide-ranging sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) at Etwall on February 21 included a 20-lot section of fountain pens which offered a brief overview of this largely affordable area of collecting.

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Resolution for antiques dealer after ‘draconian’ ivory seizure

06 March 2017

A police ordeal for a Derbyshire antiques dealer following a “draconian” swoop over a Victorian ivory thermometer has finally been resolved.

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Historic facade of Derbyshire antiques centre damaged after car crash

03 March 2017

A Derbyshire antiques centre has suffered damage to its façade after a car collided with it last month.

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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.