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Howard comfortably unearthed

24 June 2019

Featuring in the same two-day auction as a £7000 cache of Beatrix Potter ephemera found in a Cumbrian Victorian villa which had made national headlines, this less-heralded sofa impressed at 1818 Auctioneers (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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In rust we trust for Marklin make

27 May 2019

Rusty, dusty and damaged, but bearing the magic of Marklin, a pre-First World War toy train emerged from the garage at a local house clearance. It starred in a collectors sale at the Cumbrian saleroom of 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT).

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Rusty and damaged Marklin toy train set found in a garage pulls away to £6500 auction result

20 May 2019

It may have been rusty, damaged and lying in a garage in a state of disrepair but a pre-war clockwork toy train set still sold for a hammer price of £6500 at a Cumbrian auction house.

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Stuart Devlin's unique design proves a surprise nest egg at auction

29 April 2019

Two cased Stuart Devlin silver gilt surprise eggs of unique designs sold for £4400 at 1818 Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Milnthorpe on April 1.

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Auction house looks beyond Lakeland for diverse lots

19 April 2019

In the proud tradition of UK provincial auction houses, the 2000-lot, three-day sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) offered a world of artefacts from way beyond its Lakeland base of Cockermouth.

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Tracts and pamphlets make a whole £23,500

19 April 2019

A bound volume of early works on a famous automaton chess player, featured in ATG No 2387, was not the only lot in a recent Cumbrian sale to produce a handsome return.

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Police appeal for help to trace Frank Auerbach paintings in fraud case

15 April 2019

A police appeal has been launched for the recovery of two Frank Auerbach (b.1931) paintings as part of a fraud investigation.

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Penning an escape from the Battle of Arnhem

08 April 2019

A 23-year-old paratrooper’s account of escaping the Battle of Arnhem sold for £3200, over 10 times the top estimate at 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) of Milnthorpe, Cumbria, on March 5.

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Pub slot machine finds new home

25 March 2019

Having stood in the George IV pub in Workington since the 19th century, a mahogany penny slot machine made its last public appearance at Cumbrian auction house Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium).

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10 things in northern England for antiques enthusiasts including a collectors weekend in Cumbria

22 February 2019

The art and antiques market gets busy in March with events such as TEFAF Maastricht, the BADA 2019 fair and London’s contemporary art evening auctions, but for art and antiques fans not travelling to London or the Low Countries, there is plenty going on in northern England in the same month.

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Burmese sapphire brooch brings its rich seam to Cumbria

11 February 2019

Sapphires have been mined in Burma (now Myanmar) for over a millennium, the stones admired for their colour saturation and dark hues.

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Aviation museum sale takes flight in Carlisle

21 January 2019

If the Battle of Britain is your collecting field, then the sale of a Kent collection held in late 2018 would have been a major draw.

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The world comes to Cockermouth

07 January 2019

Three-day auction at Cumbrian saleroom demonstrates global reach of art and antiques.

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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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Cumbrian book sales on the starting blocks

17 December 2018

Packed with job lots in many categories, the book section of a three-day antiques auction held at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) in the Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth heralded an intent to make such sales a regular feature.

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The calm before and after the bidding storm

24 September 2018

Two contrasting marine scenes, encapsulating the unpredictable nature of the sea, were offered at a recent sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth in Cumbria.

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Bidding battle for a ‘wrestler’

27 August 2018

Pitched at £20-40, a small bisque doll with jointed limbs, below, topped Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) toys sale at Cockermouth on July 21.

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Pick of the Week: Trinidad painting sails into Cumbrian auction

20 August 2018

A ship painting by the artist regarded as the first great Trinidadian painter, Michel-Jean Cazabon (1813-88), surfaced for sale at Cumbrian auction house PFK earlier this month.

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Why reclining Morris armchair proved a £7600 Victorian seat of power

17 August 2018

A Morris & Co adjustable armchair brought strong competition at a recent auction in Cumbria. In largely original condition despite some obvious signs of wear and tear, it was taken to 10 times its estimate at PFK Auctioneers before it was knocked down at £7600.

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Darwin distressed – but not dismissed

09 July 2018

Two 1859 firsts of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species…, neither in what could be called good condition, made very strong prices in recent weeks. This is a book nowadays so desirable that such shortcomings can be overlooked.