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Beat that: what a festival line-up

10 August 2020

Although a smaller affair than the much better-known Isle of Wight festival of the same year, the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, held on June 27-28, 1970, at the Shepton Mallet showground, boasted perhaps the greatest UK music festival line-up of all time.

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It’s not what you know but Who you know

03 August 2020

The response among Sixties regulars at a north London pub to the fly poster, below, advertising a gig by the High Numbers may well have been: The who?

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Unreleased vinyl of a demo recording by David Bowie comes to auction

22 July 2020

Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham is offering a 1966 demo recording by David Bowie on an acetate disc.

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Ericsson ‘grinder’ telephone dials in at £10,500

06 July 2020

Estimated at just £60-80, a rare Ericsson telephone sold for £10,500 (plus 17% buyer’s premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham.

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Pump action in Wiltshire

20 April 2020

Richard Edmonds (20% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has sold some very rare British petrol pump globes in the past year – including a globe for the little-known brand Dominion (£13,000 in November).

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Wilton on the way

24 February 2020

Newcomers to the 44-dealer annual Wilton House Antiques Fair include the Vangelli Gallery in London with Asian decorative art, the West Sussex antique dealership Wakelin & Linfield which sells English and Continental furniture and Shine on Design, specialising in Art Deco pieces.

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Go west for vintage bazaars

17 February 2020

The first of the year’s two spring dates for the popular Vintage Bazaar held in the West Country will be on Saturday, March 14.

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Sèvres collection from the late Judith Howard comes to auction

01 February 2020

A collection of porcelain from the renowned Sèvres specialist Judith Howard, who died last year, is to be sold in Salisbury.

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The bell tolls for two prize silver porkers

13 January 2020

Edwardian silver table bells modelled as tortoises are not too hard to find but silver pigs are a much rarer beast. Accordingly, it was surprising to see two appear on two successive days at winter sales.

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New firms open north and south

09 December 2019

Focus on two shops launched in a former bank in Wiltshire and restaurant in Cumbria

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Typewriters playing key role for collectors and dealers

02 December 2019

Invented in the 19th century but outmoded by word processors then computers, typewriters are now having a resurgence in the collecting world.

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Bidders warm to rare globes

18 November 2019

Bringing the highest price yet at one of Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) specialist Petroliana and Automobilia sales in Chippenham was a rare petrol pump globe.

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Eclectic clocks chime with bidders

11 November 2019

Array of styles from traditional and electrical to atmospheric attracts Continental interest,

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Lisa Lloyd launches first antiques shop venture

04 November 2019

Dealer and former auction house specialist Lisa Lloyd is to open her first antiques shop in Wiltshire.

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Jewellery discovered next to joint of meat in a freezer to be offered at Wiltshire auction

04 November 2019

Local home which provided £300,000 still-life serves up more surprises

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On the scent of silver at Marlborough College Fair

14 October 2019

A hardstone inlaid scent bottle, c.1905, by Joseph Cook & Son of Birmingham, is among the wide selection of silver available at the next Marlborough College Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

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Thin Man spotted in sizeable lot

19 August 2019

In this group of predominantly Victorian ceramics beloware two 18th century pieces: a typical polychrome delft plate of modest value and a far more commercial early English toby jug.

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Wilton House Car Boot set for bank holiday weekend

12 August 2019

Coming up on August Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) is an annual event which brings thousands of eager buyers to the grounds of a stately home in Wiltshire.

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The perfect gift for Boris Johnson? A Downing Street enamel sign up for auction in Wiltshire

06 August 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sacked more than half of Theresa May’s cabinet and brought in his own top-level team last month. Those MPs trying to stay in his good books may want to win him over with a thoughtful gift.

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That’s the spirit at £5900

01 July 2019

Top-seller at Richard Edmonds’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest specialist motoring accessories sale was a hanging lightbox proclaiming the virtues of Pratt’s Perfection Spirit.