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Mr Derbyshire, a sword and an Armenian mystery

13 June 2022

Whatever Mr Derbyshire, The Worthy Representative of Freedom Loving Great Britain was doing in the Caucasus in 1920, the Armenians of Karabach were obviously pretty pleased about it.

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Larkin leaps to five figures twice

13 June 2022

Two volumes of poetry offered in London auction were published by the Marvell Press.

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Medals: not just for the military

13 June 2022

Spotlight on honours sold recently includes courageous lifesavers from civilian backgrounds.

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Rare Rorke’s Drift casualty honour comes up at auction

13 June 2022

In May 2019 Spink (20% buyer’s premium) medal specialist Marcus Budgen was entrusted to catalogue the medals of Gunner A Howard, ‘N’ Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Artillery, one of just four members of the RA present at the defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War.

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Brothers brought South American magic via Barnsley

13 June 2022

Long before Mirandinha, Faustino Asprilla and Nolberto Solano graced the hallowed turf of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, two brothers paved the way for South American footballers to play professionally in England.

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Olympia: A grand day out

13 June 2022

The summer Art & Antiques Fair is now running in Olympia Grand, the largest of the halls.

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Masterpiece: raise a glass

13 June 2022

Prestigious Chelsea fair Masterpiece can even boast an official champagne partner.

Quebec

A landmark of Canadiana rediscovered in an attic

06 June 2022

Recently found in a Norfolk attic, a full set of Canadian scenes by the military artist and topographical draughtsman Major General James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847) sold for £130,000 at Forum Auctions (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Chuffed at scratchbuilt steam success in Battersea

06 June 2022

An engineer’s scratch-built working model of a steam locomotive, c.1940, in brass, steel and copper was one of the highlight sales at the last Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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Jewellery worth getting sentimental about

06 June 2022

The sale at jewellery auction house Elmwood’s (25% buyer’s premium) in London on May 19 included a remarkable family archive of antique items.

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Georgian on our mind: end of an era at St James’s art community

06 June 2022

The upper floors of this elegant London brick building have housed notable names over the years, as dealers Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch describe

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Collingwood wall-hanging work on the up at auction

06 June 2022

Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Design sale on May 18 included a record for a wall-hanging by the weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

Reigning Queens

Queen portraits among highlights of Sotheby’s Platinum jubilee celebrations

02 June 2022

Portraits of five centuries of female monarchs feature in a loan exhibition at Sotheby’s as part of its jubilee festival.

WEB Graham Budd Nail Tagalie

Reminders of Derby Day glory sell at auction just before the big race

31 May 2022

This Saturday, June 4 is Derby Day - one of the five classic English horse races.

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning museum archive comes to auction in Essex

30 May 2022

Museum contents devoted to the celebrated Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) will be offered this month.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Royal icons at Bond Street platinum jubilee show

30 May 2022

Sotheby’s is holding a month-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the platinum jubilee.

Mehernefer and his son

Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III comes to auction

30 May 2022

This Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III will be offered at Christie’s during its Classic Week sales in July.

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Diamond brooch given by Queen Elizabeth II as a thank-you for coronation duties

30 May 2022

A presentation diamond brooch given by Queen Elizabeth II to the Duchess of Norfolk for assistance prior to her coronation in 1953 is to be offered by Mayfair auction house Noonans on June 14, estimated at £4000-6000.

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Ring owned by Princess Margaret comes to London saleroom

30 May 2022

This Georgian enamel and rock crystal mourning ring was formerly owned by Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

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Traders and buyers united by cross purposes

30 May 2022

TEFAF New York and Eye of the Collector are both cross-collecting fairs with an emphasis on Contemporary art but staged in historic buildings and also offering antiques.

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