South-east England


Abbey Road doors

Foyer doors from Abbey Road studios star in our pick of five auction highlights

05 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes the original foyer doors from the Abbey Road recording studios that tripled their estimate in Surrey.

Farmhouse kitchen

Breadboard Annie’s kitchen collection comes to auction in Kent

02 March 2021

The late dealer Annie Marchant (1951-2020) collected everything related to the unfitted kitchen and was known as Breadboard Annie in her early days.

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Mail robber’s candid story of seduction and smuggling will go on museum display

01 March 2021

A rare, candid autobiographical account by a soon-to-be-executed 18th century brickmaker has been bought by Horsham Museum.

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Rare Ernest Townsend still life blooms at auction

01 March 2021

A painting by Derby artist Ernest Townsend (1880-1944) was among the works that caused something of a surprise at auction early this year.

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Commode inspired by Anglo-French influence heads impressive Chichester sale

01 March 2021

In a sale that yielded quality and surprises in most sections, the major talking points at Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) were provided by two pieces of furniture. Emerging from the same house and given here-to-sell estimates, both achieved five-figure results.

Astronaut Ed White photographed by James McDivitt in space.

Be over the moon with this dedicated auction

01 March 2021

When astronaut Ed White was pictured during the first US spacewalk it was not only the first still photograph of a human in space, but also the first taken by another human – James McDivitt. Up to that moment all images released were taken by television or monitoring cameras.

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Märklin fire engine from c.1902 fit for a museum exhibit

01 March 2021

Rated a museum-quality piece, this rare c.1902 spirit-fired Märklin fire engine led the field at toys specialist Wallis & Wallis (24% buyer’s premium).

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Scott says sorry to fellow explorer with a cigarette box

22 February 2021

A cigarette box engraved with the facsimile signature Captain Falcon Scott may have been a piece the Antarctic hero gave to a fellow explorer he offended.

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Another grand price for abstract painter Aubrey Williams

22 February 2021

An abstract painting by Aubrey Williams (1926-90) offered at Grand Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Folkestone at the end of last year set another auction high for the Guyanese artist.

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Arty eccentricity turns heads at Dreweatt's Aynhoe Park sale

22 February 2021

James Perkins, the co-founder of rave music promoter Fantazia, kept an eclectic collection of Contemporary art at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.

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Coats of arms guide makes £4200

22 February 2021

A manuscript volume sold for £4200 was the main attraction of a sale held by Crow’s (22% buyer’s premium) of Dorking.

Evening slippers and a brandy balloon

Winston Churchill’s evening slippers and brandy glass come to auction in Sussex

17 February 2021

Velvet evening slippers and a brandy glass once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) are coming to auction at Bellmans in Sussex.

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‘Signature’ Stobwasser snuff box at £11,000

15 February 2021

Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) and his son Johann Heinrich (1740-1829) were among many craftsmen who moved to Brunswick during the Seven Years’ War.

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Monk and satyr both answer prayers of vendors

15 February 2021

Two pieces of sculpture – both catalogued as 19th century copies – made much higher than expected prices in the UK regions last month.

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True blue: Hokusai uncovered

08 February 2021

Although catalogued as ‘a 19th century Japanese woodblock print’, the signature to a scene of a boat with Mount Fuji beyond gave a clue to its creator.

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Watercolour showing rail reaching the Highlands sold to local community

08 February 2021

A summer landscape of the Western Highlands of Scotland by Walter Hugh Paton (1828-95) was offered at Parker Fine Art Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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French tree blooms in saleroom

08 February 2021

The traditional works on paper sector can represent good value yet also still spark lively competition at auction.

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No public view? No worries…

08 February 2021

Despite lockdown restrictions Bonhams' traditional Oak Interior offerings performed very well

Holt has high hopes for May or June

08 February 2021

Deco dealer Marcus Potts usually runs his Antiques @The Holt antiques fairs at the Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire on a biannual spring/autumn basis.

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‘Textbook’ vernacular furniture

08 February 2021

Two of the choice pieces of furniture in Bonhams’ Oak Interiors sale on January 20-21 were published examples.

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