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19th century doll comes with trunk of clothes too

10 December 2018

Believed to have been in the same family since new, a rare 19th century Jules Steiner doll and her trunk of clothes demolished the estimate at a wide-ranging sale at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) at Crewkerne on November 16.

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Antiques dealer and TV presenter Paul Martin to open new gallery in Wiltshire

05 December 2018

Former Flog It! TV presenter Paul Martin is to open a new art and antiques gallery in the historic Cotswold market town of Corsham in February.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 December 2018

Believed to be unique, this grimacing stoneware dog jar and lid from the Martin Brothers pottery is up for auction at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on December 12.

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Ming period brick from the Great Wall of China sells at Somerset auction

03 December 2018

Included in the sale at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on October 11 was a brick from the Great Wall of China. It probably dated from the Ming period when Great Wall sections were widely built with fired clay bricks, adhered with lime mortar and sticky rice.

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Barlow makes roos headlines

03 December 2018

Among the most desirable of all Royal Doulton Lambeth productions are those depicting scenes of flora and fauna from Australasia.

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Famous ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ painting from 1980s comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo has sold for £15,000 at a Bristol auction

01 December 2018

The prop that was a running joke in the 1980s sitcom was hammered down at £15,000 at the saleroom of East Bristol Auctions today.

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‘Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies’ from ‘Allo ‘Allo set for the big reveal at Bristol auction

30 November 2018

One of the UK’s most famous ‘Old Master’ paintings will be offered at auction tomorrow. Estimated at £5000-10,000, the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies from the sitcom Allo ‘Allo is to is appearing at East Bristol Auctions.

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Shout, shout, clear it all out! Tears for Fears sell tour gear to make room

29 November 2018

Specialist musical instrument auction house Gardiner Houlgate is to sell a cache of touring equipment from '80s band Tears for Fears.

Auctioneer to charge for condition reports

26 November 2018

Cotswold auction house Moore Allen & Innocent is trialling a new operation to encourage more people to attend its saleroom.

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Travels to Mauritius and beyond with Thomas Bradshaw

26 November 2018

Titled ‘In the District of Moka’, the hand-coloured litho plate shown here is one of 40 that make up a scarce folio of 1832, Thomas Bradshaw’s Views in Mauritius, or Isle of France…

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Evelyn takes De Morgan spotlight

26 November 2018

Artist often overshadowed by husband William now comes into her own at auction.

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Silver sells as a Malteser pleaser

26 November 2018

Despite its size and various eras of occupation, Malta sustained a vibrant silver and gold-working tradition across several centuries.

Page turns over new Devon leaf

26 November 2018

News from Antiques on High, the antiques centre saved for the city of Oxford when it was bought by antique furniture dealer Vincent Page last year, alerted via a tweet about a story in ATG.

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Fifty exhibitors at Larmer Tree Gardens as brocante blossoms

26 November 2018

Sally Knott has been running the biannual two-day Dorset Brocante for three years at two venues: in August at Deans Court, Wimborne, and in the autumn at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury.

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Where to be: Dorset for Black Friday deals and more art and antiques

19 November 2018

Black Friday, this year on November 23, might be an import from the US where it takes place the day after Thanksgiving, but the shopping phenomenon has taken hold in the UK.

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Portrait sitter in saleroom as ‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ hits £1.7m

19 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 10th £1m-plus lot last week, selling a portrait by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) for £1.7m (plus premium). The sitter – the artist’s wife pictured in the early days of their marriage – was in Salisbury to watch the sale.

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On a wing and a prayer: the early war in the air

19 November 2018

A Distinguished Flying Cross medal group offered at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) on November 7-8 underlines the sometimes rudimentary nature of the embyonic early war in the air.

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Preview: Hundred Days Offensive medal group

19 November 2018

The Hundred Days Offensive broke the back of German resistance in 1918 and by November the Allies were surging well beyond the once static Western Front.

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Recruits roar into battle encouraged by a poster

19 November 2018

This classic First World war recruitment poster with the Old Lion of Britain calling on the Young Lions to answer the call to fight is estimated at £200-400 in Onslows’ poster auction on December 14.

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Forget me not with a sweetheart brooch

19 November 2018

A popular form of gift or memento to loved ones as troops left for the front was a ‘sweetheart brooch’.

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