North-west England


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Archive reveals UK election shenanigans, 1826 style

06 February 2023

Lot sold for multiple-estimate sum in Cumbrian sale relates to a notorious election in Northumberland

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Chester fair provides selling showcase for the north-west

30 January 2023

The Chester Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair is an important moment in the calendar for collectors in north Wales and the north-west of England where there are few major collector events to choose from.

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Churchill gathers sale demand

16 January 2023

An inscription bearing Winston Churchill’s signature and dated 1948 found in a single volume of his famous history of the Second World War that came to auction in Cumbria was believed to be authentic.

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The web shop window: 'The funniest car mascot on the market’

16 January 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Sleepers woken up via the internet

16 January 2023

Demonstrating how the internet has transformed the market for potential sleepers, three portraits that drew strong interest recently at different auctions in the UK and Europe all sold to online buyers.

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Adam Partridge spreads his wings to the south

09 January 2023

Macclesfield and Liverpool auction house Adam Partridge has expanded its operation into the south-east and south-west of England with the purchase of two existing salerooms.

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Arthur Swallow Fairs has 'high hopes' for 2023

09 January 2023

“All things considered, it’s been a pretty good year and we have high hopes of 2023 being a cracker”, enthused Richard Burgoin, director of Arthur Swallow Fairs as he looked back at its fairs and markets in 2022.

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The web shop window: A Victorian prisoners' ‘pillow’

02 January 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Toys and collectables: Renowned enthusiast's collection causes a stir at Cheshire saleroom

05 December 2022

Such was the renown of toy collector the late Jack Tempest that when his collection came up for auction many of the bidders who flocked to the sale on November 10 recognised a lot of the items on offer.

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Action stations for a three-day auction

05 December 2022

Over the course of 35 years Andy Houldsworth amassed one of the largest collections of Action Man and similar action figures in the UK.

Three versions of the Staffordshire figure The Italian Boy

Dealer solves Staffordshire figure crime mystery

28 November 2022

Dealer Damon Revans-Turner of RTS Antiques in Liverpool has put a name and story to a rare Staffordshire figure that has hitherto evaded attribution.

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Is Small now hitting the big time?

28 November 2022

When coming across a female artist who was once quite recognised but now is rather little known, buyers today automatically ask the question: ‘Is she undervalued?’

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Maidens version of seven classic Crane vases

28 November 2022

Walter Crane (1845-1915) designed seven red lustre vases for the Shropshire tile makers Maw & Co of Jackfield in 1889.

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Wilson’s new route got strait to the point

14 November 2022

Although the box to this bronze medal is dated 1873 (leading the auction house to conclude it was Victorian), the piece itself was struck in 1760.

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Born in Brecon, Aussie grit

31 October 2022

Lt William Emlyn Hardwick (1885-1918) was born in Brecon but by the time he enlisted to fight in the First World War he was living in Australia.

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How to figure out the two-tier market for Doulton HN series

31 October 2022

A selection of Doulton HN series rarities sold at three regional salerooms this month.

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Hugh got his skates on in Edinburgh 221 years ago

24 October 2022

The sale at The Auction Centre (20% buyer’s premium) in Runcorn, Cheshire, on September 30 included this rare George III Scottish silver member’s badge for The Edinburgh Skating Club – the world’s first figure skating organisation.

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Starman soars to an astronomical six figures at auction

03 October 2022

Generating a hammer price of £165,000, the star attraction in Omega’s auction on September 27 was pretty obvious.

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Global interest in Chester

03 October 2022

A pair of 19th century globes by the Newton family is on offer from FE Anderson of Welshpool at the Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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Testing the market for Batterham studio pottery

03 October 2022

Works by one of the finest masters of thrown stoneware come to auction

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