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Tulwar sword hilt with tiger stripes reveals Tipu tempter

08 July 2024

With a rusty blade and seemingly anonymous scabbard, an ornate hilt was the key as to why an Indian tulwar sword estimated at £100-200 instead sold for a huge hammer price of £109,500 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).

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Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes make £95,000 at auction

05 July 2024

The size 10½ shoes were worn on the Steve Allen Show in 1956 and carried an estimate of £100,000-120,000.

Freddie Mercury Shoes

Bidders go mad for Freddie Mercury’s winkle-picker shoes

04 July 2024

The black leather lace-up shoes with pointed toes worn for 1991 music video ‘I’m Going Slightly Mad’.

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Marquess shows it’s not just female Massot appeal

27 May 2024

When it comes to the portraits of the Swiss artist Firmin Massot (1766- 1849), it tends to be depictions of young female sitters shown either full length of ‘jusqu’aux genoux’ (as far as the knees) – a format he often favoured – that attract the most attention commercially.

Titanic watch

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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Royal Doulton Guy Fawkes figure with a difference

19 February 2024

The Royal Doulton figure Guy Fawkes designed by Charles Noke was issued as HN98 from 1918.

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Titanic memorabilia fascination surfaces once more at auction

22 January 2024

A tartan deck blanket, a pocket watch and a first-class dinner menu were all top-sellers in the latest auction of Titanic, White Star and Transport Memorabilia at Henry Aldridge & Son (plus 26.4% buyer’s premium).

Penelope and Euriclea

Angelica Kauffman picture returns to National Trust’s Stourhead after 140 years

10 October 2023

Angelica Kauffman’s Penelope and Euriclea has been bought at auction by Stourhead, the National Trust’s Wiltshire stately home, and will go back on display at the property for the first time since the mid-19th century.

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Rare enamel advertising design on the move in Wiltshire

25 September 2023

The sale of Enamel Signs, Automobilia and Advertising at Chippenham Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) on July 29 included a rare pictorial enamel design depicting the Mauretania at full steam advertising Holzapfels Composition.

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Tempting machine that is full of socks appeal

10 July 2023

The Harrison semi-automatic pedestal knitting machine was designed c.1900 for producing rib socks.

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Venetian veduta with a whiff of Bison

19 June 2023

This classic example of Venetian vedute was taken to a multi-estimate £34,000 at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium) in Corsham.

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Titanic plan helped to reveal the route to iceberg disaster

05 June 2023

A huge plan used during the British Titanic inquiry was the top lot of Henry Aldridge & Son’s (22% buyer’s premium) latest auction dedicated to Titanic, White Star and Transport memorabilia.

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Car boots coming up at stately home venues

05 June 2023

Three stately home car boots are on the way in the next few months.

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Shell pump globes in action at Chippenham auction

10 April 2023

The sale of automobilia at Richard Edmunds Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham on March 25 included a total of 16 different glass pump globes advertising Shell products.

Maurice Lambert panel

Ocean liner Art Deco relief surfaces in saleroom

27 March 2023

When RMS Queen Mary was launched in 1934 it was not only at the cutting edge of technology but also featured some of the grandest interior designs ever seen aboard an ocean liner.

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Falize’s sense of gothic timing

13 March 2023

This 7½in (19cm) high carriage clock in a fanciful gothic revival taste is stamped to the base AF, probably for the renowned Parisian jeweller and goldsmith Alexis Falize (1811-98).

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Fresh faces join The Blanchard Collective in Wiltshire

06 March 2023

Two new dealerships have joined The Blanchard Collective of Froxfield, Wiltshire: Peter Cosby, as The Madison Gallery, and Sarah Howard, a local artist and dealer.

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Boon time in Wiltshire town

13 February 2023

Mikaela and Roger Boon are all set again for their upcoming Wilton Vintage Fair on Saturday, February 25, at the Michael Herbert Hall in the Wiltshire town of Wilton.

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Rare Nixey enamel sign scrubs up well despite condition

30 January 2023

Although now long forgotten, the London family firm of Nixey’s was a household name in the second half of the 19th century

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Pluck of the Irish

23 January 2023

A pair of militaria highlights related to Irish regiments that came up in recent auctions.