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Omega 'Ed White' Speedmaster takes £8500 in Buckinghamshire sale

14 September 2020

The highlight of NASA’s 1965 Gemini IV mission was the first space walk by an American. As astronaut Ed White floated free outside the spacecraft for approximately 20 minutes in June 3 he wore an Omega Speedmaster Ref 105.003 strapped by Velcro to the outside of the left-side sleeve of his G4C space suit.

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Oceanic objects surface in trio of British salerooms

31 August 2020

Pictured below are three lots of Oceanic art that proved to be in much demand during UK sales held in August.

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Bayonet axed for being costly is now highly valauble

24 August 2020

The so-called Elcho bayonet was designed for the Martini-Henry rifle in 1870 by Lord Elcho, the 10th Earl of Wemyss & March.

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Credence ready for revival

11 May 2020

Form, colour and condition are defining criteria in the oak market – and unfortunately this 17th century oak ‘credence’ offered by Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium) in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, on April 27 was a lacking on at least two fronts.

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New name and management for Buckinghamshire auction house

11 April 2020

Buckinghamshire’s Dickins Auctioneers has rebranded to Claydon Auctioneers.

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Cartoons showing Harold Wilson as pleased as punch emerge at Amersham sale

25 November 2019

The leading contenders in the December 12 General Election are struggling to land any meaningful blows on each other, despite being more than happy to be photographed in boxing rings.

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Archive from the queen’s dress designer excels

11 November 2019

A Cecil Beaton sketch of Christian Dior working in his studio in Paris sold for £5200 (estimate £500-700) as part of the estate of society dress designer Ian Thomas (1929-93).

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Fresh ‘Constable sketch’ emerges from Holland Park home

12 August 2019

A sketch attributed to John Constable (1776-1837) uncovered in a Holland Park home is to be offered at auction in Maidenhead – the latest in a string of Constable sketch discoveries.

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‘Thank heavens for the internet’

12 August 2019

Catalogued together with an incomplete silver propelling pencil with a bloodstone terminal, a silver Art Deco pocket lighter with a timepiece sold at £5200 (estimate £100-200) at Amersham Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) on July 11.

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Household Cavalry blades in demand

12 August 2019

The collecting of English military swords is a science in itself.

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Russian shashka sword emerges in Amersham

12 August 2019

A 19th century Russian shashka sword with fine niello-worked ornament sold for £6700 against an estimate of £250-450 at Amersham Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) on August 1.

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Early Special Boat Service badges and insignia show the special forces collecting impact on auctions

15 July 2019

The lot description ‘special forces’ always causes a stir among militaria collectors and a particularly good example emerged at specialist auction house Bosleys of Marlow.

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Boer War group puts the boot in

15 July 2019

An “extremely rare” grouping of military items including a British 1899 issue leather hobnail boot with a shrapnel hole sold for £6500 at a Buckinghamshire auction on July 3.

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‘Hidden gem’ Buckingham fleamarket marks 25 years

17 June 2019

A testimony to its popularity, the small weekly fleamarket in Buckingham has been running for more than 25 years.

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The special ops striptease

08 April 2019

When British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents were parachuted into occupied Europe in the Second World War speed was vital. Not only did they have to jump from sub-radar altitudes as low as 400ft, hitting the ground within 10-15 seconds, but they also had to make a quick getaway.

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Saleroom glory for the 17th Lancers

08 April 2019

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the British were clearly impressed by the French lancer regiments they encountered during the Napoleonic Wars. The first British lancer regiments were established in 1816, just a year after Waterloo.

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The clasps that make the difference for the NGSM

08 April 2019

Factors dictating the pricing of Naval General Service Medals were clearly demonstrated in the March 6 sale at Bosleys (20% buyer’s premium) in Marlow. Ten NGSMs were offered as part of a large single-owner medal collection.

Funeral notice: Paul Treadaway

18 March 2019

Paul Treadaway, antique dealer and gilder, died on March 5 after a long illness. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

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Marvellous comic price for Spider-Man

25 February 2019

Catalogued as the most valuable Silver Age comic book by far, a copy of Issue No 15 of Amazing Fantasy, the 1962 comic that saw the first appearance of Spider-Man, sold for £14,500 in a January 25 sale held by Excalibur Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) of Amersham.

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Persian dagger in Bucks

06 August 2018

It was not only in London that Eastern daggers made a big impression in UK auctions this summer.