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Classic Antique Fairs makes welcome return

20 June 2024

Classic Antique Fairs is gearing up for its first event of the year, running from July 12-14 at the NEC Birmingham.

‘Clarissa’ the record breaking carp

Famous 44lb carp dubbed ‘Clarissa’ emerges for sale

13 June 2024

For collectors of cased fish, it doesn’t come much better than this.

MacLeod’s Maidens, Skye

Striking Victorian seascape fetches over 20 times estimate

31 May 2024

When the industrialist Fred Cooper and his family moved into The Grange in Perton in 1969, the South Staffordshire country house came already furnished with a notable collection.

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Shortened run leads to more visitors at Shrewsbury fleamarket

27 May 2024

Shouting out an important message is this figure pictured with a hanging sign at one of JOS Events’ fleamarkets at the West Mid Showground at Shrewsbury where the next is on Saturday, June 22.

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Prices high for Man Utd programme rarities

20 May 2024

A football programme for for the Estudiantes de la Plata v Manchester United Intercontinental Cup final on September 25, 1968, hammered down at a top-estimate £10,000 in Shropshire.

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Beautiful binding boosts Nisbet's Holy Land book

29 April 2024

First published by James Nisbet in 1858, 'Lays of the Holy Land from ancient and modern Poets' comprises verse from a range of authors together with black and white Illustrations from Victorian artists including Myles Birket Foster, John Everett Millais and Thomas Seddon.

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Hall in a day’s work for the 23-year-old who has been running an auction house since the age of 19

29 April 2024

Antiques Trade Gazette loves to hear about younger people coming into the world of art and antiques.

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Glass and ceramics combo makes a second appearance in West Midlands

29 April 2024

Richard Burtonshaw launched his sold-out Premier Glass Fairs event last year at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge and now he’s back in the Midlands on Sunday, May 12.

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Kidder the cookery school pioneer comes up at auction

22 April 2024

Sought-after book of recipes including a puff-pastry print first was intended for the use of his pupils

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Stoneleigh gets off to a fine start

22 April 2024

Successor event to the Peterborough Celebration of Antiques has plenty of room for expansion

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Seven works give market snapshot of Spencer Watson

15 April 2024

A group of seven works by George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) provided a boost to Minster Auctions’ (20% buyer’s premium) recent two-day sale of fine art and antiques.

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Wurlitzer organ on a whirl in Staffordshire saleroom

15 April 2024

Around 28 American-built Wurlitzers were originally transported to Britain from 1925 until just before the Second World War.

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Rolex told time for intrepid explorer

08 April 2024

A Rolex used by Spanish sailor and scientist Vital Alsar Ramirez (1933-2020) during his Amazon and Atlantic expeditions in 1977 sold for £10,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).

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Lofty prices from attic comics find

08 April 2024

A collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.

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Lost in non-translation: honour won by a blagger

01 April 2024

On February 29 Fellows (25% buyer’s premium) of Birmingham held its inaugural Monies, Medals & Militaria sale.

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POW sketches created in secret reveal Japanese camp scenes

01 April 2024

A remarkable sketchbook compiled after its creator had been taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore in the Second World War sold for £1650 (estimate £500-700) as part of a timed online sale.

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‘It felt like the old heyday of Clarice’

01 April 2024

Three-hundred lot sale of the Art Deco classic shows signs of the market returning to 1990s boom time

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Classic Antique Fairs says spaces are filling up at trio of events

13 March 2024

Despite launching in December, organisers of the new fairs series say it is already in high demand

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Victorian sampler returns to Berkswell primary school where it was created

11 March 2024

Historic school acquires needlework created by a former pupil

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Make it a weekend with Warwick visit

11 March 2024

A 20-minute drive from NAEC Stoneleigh takes you to the town of Warwick, dominated by its castle originally built by William the Conqueror. Hunters and gatherers at IACF’s antiques event at Stoneleigh may well take in what the city has to offer antiques-wise. Here are two businesses to visit.

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