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Football trade card portraying first black professional player Arthur Wharton takes astonishing £26,800

17 January 2024

A trade card sold for a remarkable £26,800 hammer price was not only one of the earliest-known examples but also had the considerable appeal of featuring the first black professional football player.


Panini also a World Cup winner in 1970 – plus Newton Heath trade card

15 January 2024

The 1970 World Cup was the breakthrough year for Panini.


I’ll definitely swap for a Billy Meredith…

22 August 2022

The appetite for early Manchester United memorabilia is strong – even for a player who started out at their arch-rivals


Anti-slavery sentiments in ceramics

11 April 2022

This rare creamware cylindrical tankard is printed with a copy of A Cudgelling Match between English and French Negros in the Island of Dominica by Agostino Brunias (1730-96).


Owner stories boost value of Pearson teddy bears

16 August 2021

Toys from the private collection of Sue Pearson, the UK’s leading dealer in antique and vintage teddy bears and soft toys, were offered in Newbury.


Illustrator Ronald Searle's sketches produced in Japanese POW camp sold as part of archive at Tennants

09 August 2021

One of the prisoners to survive the horrors of the Changi camp in the Second World War was an art school dropout who later became a renowned illustrator.


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.


A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.


Pick of the week: No.1 microscope proves it’s still the best

28 October 2019

The opening lot of Flints Auctions’ photographica and scientific instruments sale in Reading on October 18 was an exceptional Victorian microscope.


Candlesticks back in spotlight

03 June 2019

The hope at every house clearance came true for Reading auctioneer Chris Boreham when he unearthed this set of four Georgian silver rococo candlesticks at a local home.

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Example of Auguste Adolphe Bertsch first sub-miniature camera offered at Flints Auctions

15 April 2019

In an age of cumbersome large photographical apparatus, the race was on in the mid-19th century to produce practical small, easily portable cameras.


Cattle market in print form at Reading Contemporary Art Fair

18 April 2017

A framed limited edition print is Cattle Market by Jo Willis priced at £170, measuring 12 x 12in (30 x 30cm). It will be for sale at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair this weekend.

Ramsbury Manor loot - the hunt goes on

25 May 2010

Despite recent developments in the case against the notorious Johnson family, including the recovery of stolen antiques in Worcestershire, innumerable valuable works of art remain at large.

Johnson gang leader faces longer sentence

10 May 2010

THE ringleader of the notorious Johnson family gang, who played the key role in a series of audacious thefts at stately homes across the UK, faces an increased prison sentence.

Chariot cancellation

02 September 2006

The formal state carriage from the family of the Marquess of Londonderry scheduled to be sold by Thimbleby & Shorland on September 6 has been withdrawn from sale by the vendor.


It will be a stylish marriage

22 August 2006

In the family of the Marquess of Londonderry since it was built sometime in the latter quarter of the 19th century, this formal state carriage is deemed the finest to appear at auction for a generation.

Gypsy heritage heads home at £24,000

03 October 2002

Internationally recognised specialist carriage auctioneers Thimbleby & Shoreland (6% buyer’s premium) rated their quarterly outing on September 4 outing in Reading as one of their best yet. “We were lucky to have quite a few pieces in the sale which were a bit different,” said specialist Sarah Needham.