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Ian Bairnson’s Wuthering Heights guitar appears at Wiltshire auction

24 May 2024

Ian Bairnson’s guitar featured in Kate Bush’s debut 1978 hit 'Wuthering Heights' is being offered at Gardiner Houlgate in Wiltshire.

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Early memorabilia gets pulse racing for cycling enthusiasts

20 May 2024

Archive sold in Somerset and bugle offered in Dorset reflect the first organised cycling clubs

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Dorset police appeal for information following burglary at antiques centre

17 May 2024

Lone thief took several high-value items of jewellery

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Picture postcards from Polar explorers delight at Lays

13 May 2024

Letters and postcard written by Antarctic expedition members were sent to New Zealand host family

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Arts & Crafts clock comes with a fairytale ending

06 May 2024

This impressive clock featured in the sale held by Dorset firm Busby (25% buyer’s premium) on April 18.

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Fantin-Latour roses rise to a regional high point

06 May 2024

Oil on canvas showing favoured subject of the artist takes top spot so far in UK sales outside London

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Pocket watch from the richest Titanic passenger boosts saleroom to best ever auction result

29 April 2024

A gold pocket watch that was found on the body of American business magnate John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) following the Titanic disaster was hammered down at £900,000 in a sale at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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Group of prime period De Morgan tiles take close to six-figure sum at auction

29 April 2024

The Art & Design post 1880 sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on April 25 included 44 lots of William De Morgan tiles consigned by descendants of Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930), Earl of Balfour and prime minister from 1902-05. He is understood to have bought them directly from De Morgan in Fulham.

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Up with the revolution (for porcelain)

29 April 2024

Russian porcelain is still in demand, especially those early Soviet-era pieces from the years following the Revolution.

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Parking problems addressed at Giant Shepton Flea

29 April 2024

The nursery rhyme 'Rain, rain go away' could be the response after the UK experienced in the past 18 months the fourth-wettest period since records began.

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Seat coverings come with Scottish family connection

29 April 2024

Pictured here are two lots of seat furniture that impressed bidders in recent auctions in Gloucestershire and Cheshire.

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Fine copy of Hilliard’s miniature Raleigh portrait comes to light

29 April 2024

The well-known miniature portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh by Nicholas Hilliard (c.1547-1619) in the National Portrait Gallery was painted c.1585, the year after Raleigh was knighted.

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Indian connections help Devis for a second time

29 April 2024

Following the major sum for a rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) at Gorringe’s, another work by the artist flew over estimate a fortnight later in Devon.

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B for Byron: letter of apology

29 April 2024

Found in a country house in Gloucestershire, this letter written by Lord Byron (1788-1824) to Major John Cartwright (1740-1824) sold for £6000 at Chorley’s (28.2% buyer’s premium inc VAT) on March 20.

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French royal snuffbox found in vendor’s bathroom cabinet stars in single-owner sale

26 April 2024

A French gold and diamond Royal presentation portrait snuffbox was among the lots drawing strong interest at a large single-owner sale at Gloucestershire saleroom Chorley’s.

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Coin hoard found under a farmhouse floor all sold in 'white glove' Dorset auction

25 April 2024

Coin hoards found buried in fields are a relatively common occurrence. One discovered under a concrete floor not so much...

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Medal awarded to 1944 Arnhem para corporal for life-saving heroics sells for £43,000

24 April 2024

The Arnhem-linked medal group awarded to Brigadier Sir Mark ‘Honker’ Henniker that sold recently at Noonans for £100,000 hammer underlined the demand for Second World War airborne honours.

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Bowls both with links to influential designer Dresser

22 April 2024

These two pieces share a common Aesthetic-movement style and a link to the influential and avant-garde designer Christopher Dresser

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Rich pickings in the Cotswolds

22 April 2024

It was a piece of modern design that led Kinghams’ (25/18/15% buyer’s premium) latest dedicated sale of silver and objects of vertu.

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‘Jazz age’ paintings removed from barn emerge at Duke’s

19 April 2024

A cache of works by the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006) will appear at a Dorset auction next week.

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