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Regimental officers’ dirk

‘We want to put militaria first’ in the US say UK auction house

30 January 2023

Kent auction house C&T has set up a US operation for militaria consignments.

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Costs bite for fair organisers but there is a bright side

30 January 2023

Two organisers whose London events are on hold also run fairs outside the capital that are booming

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Collectors discover the value of Vuitton Explorer trunks

30 January 2023

Late 19th century Louis Vuitton Explorer trunks are a rare and desirable subset of vintage luggage.

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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Artist Wyatt captures Byron's wild corsair

30 January 2023

Portrait of Lord Byron subject offered at Dreweatts auction demonstrates considerable skill of a British artist

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High society portraits generate enduring appeal

30 January 2023

Society portraits from the early part of the 20th century retain a good following at auction

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Sussex militaria makes strong showing in auction on home turf

23 January 2023

A selection of militaria with solid Sussex interest appeared at Lewes saleroom Wallis & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium).

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Bidders target ‘exceptionally rare’ gun by an innovative provincial maker

23 January 2023

While London gun-makers featured heavily – and lucratively – at Gavin Gardiner’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on December 14, provincial makers also got a look in.

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Tarka the Otter author makes a sale splash

23 January 2023

Numerous works by Henry Williamson including fascinating inscriptions and annotations were offered in Chichester saleroom

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Pretty children's book comes with morality message

23 January 2023

Published by John Newbery c.1770, 'A Little Pretty Pocket Book…' and its companion 'Little Song Book' is a very small work indeed at little more than 3in (7.5cm) tall, but the latter includes some 54 woodcut illustrations and accompanying verses related to children’s games and pastimes.

Commemorative glove

Remarkable archive of Quaker whaling family comes to Surrey auction

23 January 2023

The visit of ‘Revolutionary Wars’ hero Gilbert du Motler, the Marquis of Lafayette, to the US in 1824 spawned a large number of commemoratives.

2577PV Edit Duke Windsor Southon

Acrimonious royal family split detailed in letters now up at auction

18 January 2023

Not THAT split, but the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII which also caused recriminations, as letters at Catherine Southon's sale show - plus other auctions offer many unpublished photos of Princess Di and paintings said to be by Queen Victoria.

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By Markwick Markham… or not

16 January 2023

English names from a defunct clock manufactory were used for familiarity in an export market

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Second chance to own a pioneering Summers plywood armchair

16 January 2023

Bidders who missed out on a version of Gerald Summers’ 1933-34 plywood armchair sold for £20,000 as part of a collection of Simple Furniture at Lyon & Turnbull last October did not have too long to wait for another to appear for sale.

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Lust and found: van Gogh film poster

16 January 2023

Top price at the Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) poster auction on January 6 came for a design that was a work of art in itself.

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Famous owner of Steiff bulldog boosts toy value

16 January 2023

A collectors’ timed online sale at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) included a group lot of early 20th century juvenalia owned by a key figure in Second World War naval intelligence.

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Presentation copy of Paddington Bear first edition sells to American bidder

16 January 2023

Having featured prominently on television in a specially made part of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Paddington Bear hardly needs any more publicity.

Charles II mug

Flea market find depicting Charles II takes five-figure sum at auction

09 January 2023

Found at a flea market, this tin-glazed earthenware mug sold for £12,000 (plus 19.5% buyer’s premium) at Claydon Auctioneers.

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Grandma’s Attic Fairs makes move to new Hampshire site

09 January 2023

An antiques fair which was traditionally held on New Year’s Day in Winchester since 1985 has moved to a new venue.

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Nude reveals the Cubist talents of Cissie Kean

09 January 2023

Cissie Kean (1871-1961) dedicated her life to painting after sustaining a severe injury during a riding accident as a young adult.

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