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Mosaic fragments ‘from a Roman villa’ sell in Bristol

14 September 2020

Consigned from a private deceased estate, a group of decorative mosaic floor tile fragments took a multi-estimate £2200 at Clevedon Salerooms (22% buyer’s premium) in Bristol.

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'Gandhi' spectacles take £260,000 at Bristol auction

21 August 2020

A pair of spectacles, believed to have once belonged to Gandhi, were hammered down at £260,000 in Bristol (plus 21.6% buyer's premium inc VAT).

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Samplers thread their way from orphanage to auction

17 August 2020

Estimated at just £30-50, a late 19th century sampler sold via thesaleroom.com for £1850 at Wotton Auction Rooms (18% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire. A clue to the appeal is the inscription 'M Mountain, 5 Orphan House, Ashley Down, Bristol, 1879'.

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Did these spectacles to be auctioned in Bristol once belong to Mahatma Gandhi?

12 August 2020

A pair of glasses believed to have once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) are to be offered at auction in Bristol this month.

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Boots of football legend Tom Finney score at East Bristol Auctions

10 August 2020

The simple pair of leather football boots on offer at East Bristol Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) this summer was not as flash as today’s examples in all colours and emblazoned with all kinds of branding and personalised messages.

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Actor Julian Glover's Star Wars badge of rank offered at East Bristol Auctions

20 July 2020

It’s admittedly not much to look at and just 2 x 3½in (5 x 8.5cm), but if you are a Star Wars collector this badge on offer estimated at £4000-6000 at East Bristol Auctions on July 24 means a great deal.

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Kenneth Grahame’s letter on the loss of his son sells in Bristol

20 July 2020

A letter in which Kenneth Grahame writes about the suicide of his son, Alastair, sold at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) for £1200.

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Celebrate a ruby anniversary

06 July 2020

'Still Life with Red Chrysanthemums' is among the works featured at The Fosse Gallery in Stow on the Wold as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. It was painted by Bristol artist Karen Edwards, a regular exhibitor at the now historic gallery.

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American collector secures original Second World War RAF ensign flag

22 June 2020

An American collector bought this original Second World War RAF ensign flag at a recent East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Rare spy camera disguised as pocket watch from 1905 brings bidding battle between two museums

15 June 2020

A rare ‘pocket watch’ sold by East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was more surveillance device than timekeeper.

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Fab Four in ‘ballroom of the stars’

06 April 2020

One of the highlights of actor Peter Wyngarde’s estate sale held live, online-only at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was a Beatles concert poster from 1963.

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Sense of occasion suits the Peter Wyngarde estate sale perfectly

31 March 2020

Peter Wyngarde would surely have appreciated the drama that accompanied the auction of his estate – held with the country in the grip of coronavirus.

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Flag signals 1945 victory

16 March 2020

This flag offered at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) carries inscriptions for HMS Swiftsure – British Pacific Fleet – 1945, and the Japanese cities Sasebo and Tokyo.

Bristol April photo fair cancelled

09 March 2020

The second Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair due to be held on Easter Sunday, April 12, at The Royal Photograph Society’s headquarters in the city has been cancelled.

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Call for exhibitors to join Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair

24 February 2020

Antiquarian book dealer Hugh Rayner is putting out a call for more exhibitors at the Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair.

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A truly eye-catching lot in Bristol

20 January 2020

The limited, but international, appeal of a remarkable collection of about 350 Victorian hand-painted glass eyes was clear at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Battle of the sexes: opposing sides of the Suffragette struggle

02 December 2019

Less often seen than Suffragette propaganda and considerably less PC these days, a brass and enamel fob badge for the National League for Opposing Woman had its international admirers at Ipswich auction house Lockdales (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Moulton Foweraker’s light of the moon

02 December 2019

Albert Moulton Foweraker’s (1873-1942) main interest as a watercolourist was the effect of blue moonlight on the landscape.

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Not just cigarette cards but the packs too

25 November 2019

The huge and ongoing task of cataloguing thousands of cigarette cards and other ephemera from a deceased collector’s home – he had walls pasted with beer mats instead of wallpaper – paid off for Bristol auctioneer Gavin Aplin.

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And here’s to you, Francis Robinson

11 November 2019

Among the top-priced clocks sold in October was a rare late-17th/early-18th century musical bracket clock by Francis Robinson of London.