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Second World War Leitz lens clearly a £70 bargain

16 April 2018

Bought recently for just £70 in a job lot, this German military-issue Leitz lens below sold for £5500 in Special Auction Services (17.5 buyer’s premium) Photographica sale on March 13. The Hektor 13.5cm f/4.5 lens, offered with an estimate of £4000-6000, sold to the European trade.

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Huge group of photos at auction reflects 19th century collecting craze of the carte de visite

12 April 2018

Parents will now be shelling out hundreds of pounds as kids fill up football World Cup sticker albums and negotiate playground swaps in a now time-honoured fashion. Back in the mid-19th century the photo collecting craze was all about the carte de visite, as a May 3 auction underlines.

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Eagle tables soar to £65,000 result

09 April 2018

Despite visible condition issues, a pair of carved giltwood console tables, catalogued as c.1740 and later, sailed past modest expectations to bring £65,000 (plus 24% premium) at Dreweatts 1759 of Donnington Priory.

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Tri-ang sell-out auction strikes a blow for the traditional toy market beyond Star Wars and Lego

30 March 2018

Despite Lego and Star Wars hogging the headlines when it comes to high prices paid out recently by toy collectors, the ‘old school’ has struck back to land a blow for more venerable brands.

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Beatrix Potter letters on farming advice sell for £10,000

27 February 2018

Rare letters written by children’s author Beatrix Potter just nine months before she died have sold at auction in Maidenhead.

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Mahatma Gandhi and Beatrix Potter correspondence at UK sales

19 February 2018

Children’s author Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) and Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) don’t seem to have much in common. At separate auctions held later this month, however, both will have correspondence appearing on the market for the first time.

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Letters from Beatrix Potter to esteemed professor of agriculture head to auction

13 February 2018

Famous for her children’s stories of Peter Rabbit and friends, Beatrix Potter Heelis (1866-1943) was a prolific letter writer.

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Warehouse collection fresh to market casts a spell on bidders

12 February 2018

Billed as a collection, possibly better described as a hoard, the contents of boxes stored in warehouse units were “the magic ingredients for auction goers” according to Dreweatts’ deputy chairman James Nicholson.

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Gross weighs in to make impact

15 January 2018

He was among the most prolific and longest serving official war artists of the Second World War, yet Anthony Gross (1905-84) remains an obscure name among 20th century British talents.

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Buyers take note of Algernon Newton

15 January 2018

Algernon Newton (1880-1968) is one of those British artists whose pictures went unnoticed for many years.

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Sam Herman shows his glass at first Dawson's sale put together by Mark Hill

08 January 2018

The inaugural Design at Home sale, put together by Mark Hill for Dawson’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead, included a trio of pieces by ‘hot glass’ pioneer Sam Herman (b.1936).

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Hammer comes down on Mallett stock

27 November 2017

The last remnants of Mallett’s stock, including a clutch of 18th century pictures, were offered in a final sale in Berkshire on November 8.

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Design decision made at Dawson’s

27 November 2017

Maidenhead auction house Dawson’s is dipping a toe into the world of design with a dedicated sale on December 2.

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Prime Pilkington by talented pottery artist

06 November 2017

Offered at a wider-ranging, paintings and decorative arts sale at Dreweatts (24% buyer’s premium), this Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian lustre vase, below, would have stood out at a post-1860s design sale.

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George Bailey back at Dreweatts as end beckons for Bloomsbury Auctions

09 October 2017

Update (July 2019): auctions resumed at Bloomsbury in 2018 following Gurr Johns' purchase of Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in 2017. In February 2019 it expanded the number of sales at its London office at 16-17 Pall Mall. The original story is below.

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Comets, astronauts and out of this world selfies

02 October 2017

A ‘Glory of Science’ sale held by Bloomsbury Auctions (24/18/12% buyer’s premium) on September 14 included books, prints, photographs, letters, etc, and was one in which astronomy and space travel played a significant part where higher bids were concerned.

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From the Coromandel Coast to the Wrexham exhibition

04 September 2017

A group of six Indo-European solid ebony chairs (sold for £26,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Dawson’s of Maidenhead on August 26. The buyer bidding online via thesaleroom.com was from the London trade.

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Auction house opens a new sales chapter

28 August 2017

Dawson’s Auctioneers is a relatively fresh-faced newcomer to the auction house scene but is keen to open new chapters of business as soon as possible.

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The Berkshire town hungry for antiques

07 August 2017

Hungerford is a handy hub for art and antiques fairs judging by two events held in the Berkshire town.

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Business ticking right Berkshire boxes – and striking it Rich in Lewes

17 July 2017

What is selling well in the clocks and watches world? Dealer Warren Wilkinson, who has been collecting and repairing clocks and watches for 40 years and who is a regular standholder at Love Fairs events, is a good man to answer that very question.