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Licence to kill a Bond book

18 November 2019

Instruction from author Fleming was thankfully not followed and first issue survives.

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Look to design sales for jewellery delights

11 November 2019

Some of the most striking 19th-20th century jewellery can often be found in design sales.

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Early Wemyss ink stand features at Galloway's Scone Palace fair

04 November 2019

An early Wemyss Victoria pattern ink stand decorated with plumbs is offered by Carse Antiques for £395 at The Scone Palace Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

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Linthorpe pottery enters new price territory

28 October 2019

A Linthorpe pottery sake bottle designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser has sold for a record £17,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Regimental badge is a cut above

28 October 2019

A white-metal regimental badge estimated at £50-100 sold for £4800 at Lindsay Burns (20% buyer’s premium) in Perth, Scotland, on September 3. Why? It probably hailed from the time and place of the American War of Independence (1775-83).

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American map discoveries in Scotland

28 October 2019

Two early maps of colonial north America come for sale at Ramsay Cornish in Edinburgh on December 7. They were discovered at the Edinburgh home of the late Dr Ann Carswell, an American born in Washington and educated at Cornell and Harvard.

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Celtic medal to club legend sells in Glasgow

28 October 2019

A reminder of football’s early days, when huge crowds watched teams from the Scottish league playing counterparts from England, this 15ct gold medal with enamelled Scottish lion rampant was a hit when offered in its spiritual home of Glasgow by McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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‘Dragon’ charger flexes its wings

07 October 2019

A generation ago pieces such as this splendid 20in (50cm) famille rose ‘dragon’ charger from the Guangxu period (1874-1908) were valued chiefly as decorative objects. However, appreciation of the best quality porcelain produced in the last years of the Qing continues to grow.

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Fry's advertising sign sold for £5500 at Lindsay Burns auction

30 September 2019

Just a little less famous than Fry’s 'Five Boys' image is the illustration by Tom Browne of a multi-class group outside a sweetshop with the line from 'Troilus and Cressida: One touch of Nature makes the whole World kin'.

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Auction boost of ‘Butcher’ and King Billy

30 September 2019

A rare contrast to the Jacobite glass which has served Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) so well was a large mid-18th century goblet with a wheel engraved portrait of the victor of Culloden. It was inscribed 'His Royal Highness William Duke Of Cumberland'.

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Happy Hibs trust buys medals

23 September 2019

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the football league in Scotland has not always been dominated by Celtic and Rangers. The last time a team outside the Old Firm won the title was Aberdeen in 1985.

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Celtic boots meet high Hoops

23 September 2019

Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell’s boots from the 1967 European Cup final went under the hammer at Glasgow auction house McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) on July 19. They doubled the lower estimate, selling at £14,000.

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Pick of the week: Museum wraps up sale of coveted coverlet

09 September 2019

The National Museums of Scotland has been revealed as the buyer of the Storrar Coverlet – a rare woollen textile withdrawn at the 11th hour from a sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh in August.

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Jacobites retain their devoted following at annual auction

09 September 2019

More reliable today than they ever were in their lifetime, the male line of the Stuarts attracted the familiar devoted following at the annual Scottish Silver & Applied Arts sale at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

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Wemyss revisited in spotlight on Scotland’s most famous pottery

02 September 2019

Edinburgh auction spotlights the current market for the wares of Scotland’s most famous pottery.

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Lesson in provenance importance

02 September 2019

Teacher’s single-owner collection stands out as part of Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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Corinthian helmet offered in Edinburgh auction

26 August 2019

Lyon & Turnbull’s African & Oceanic Art & Antiquities auction in Edinburgh on October 16 includes this Apulian-Corinthian helmet from the late 5th-early 4th century BC.

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Power of Scotland – spotlight on British silver produced north of the border

26 August 2019

Of the 24 silversmiths known to have worked in the Aberdeenshire town of Banff from the 17th century until the trade died out in the mid-1800s, William Scott the Elder is the first whose name is recorded.

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5 Questions: Michael Wilson of Highland Antiques

19 August 2019

Michael Wilson of Highland Antiques in Aberdeen specialises in rare and collectable antique silver.

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Sotheby’s holds Scottish art preview at new Edinburgh home

14 August 2019

Sotheby’s is holding a three-day preview at its new Edinburgh premises with around 50 lots of Scottish art on view which will then be offered for sale in London in September.

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