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Nostradamus was predicted to do well

05 December 2022

While this 1672 first did not quite hit the high of pre-sale hopes, it was still top lot of the Shrewsbury sale.

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Zsolnay glaze perfected after his Parisian days

28 November 2022

The most desirable of the varied wares produced by the small ceramics factory established by Vilmos Zsolnay (1828-1900) in the south-west Hungarian town of Pecs are those created after the 1890s.

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Beswick shire horse gallops to an £11,300 top price

21 November 2022

A record for Beswick pottery was set in Stoke-on-Trent this month when a rare variant of one of the factory’s best-known models sold for a five-figure sum.

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In desperate need of furniture? Give us a shopping list

07 November 2022

It might not sound like the best business model for an auction house, but Midlands firm Richard Winterton is happy to be giving away furniture for free.

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Kent bookings bring festive cheer

07 November 2022

Venue clash means Malvern Flea is off but Detling is a definite B2B destination

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Fair report: Cotswold event has high-end appeal

31 October 2022

Vetted fair may be compact in scale but still packs a punch

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Clock fairs at the double

31 October 2022

If horology is your passion then two events coming up will prove timely.

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Mug shots reveal a conspiracy theory

31 October 2022

A police ledger sold more than triple its top estimate featured original mug shots and criminal records relating to 500 people including a woman accused of plotting to kill Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1917.

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Antiques outpost in Shakespeare country

17 October 2022

Mike Collins, the popular director of Sherman & Waterman which runs the weekly antiques markets in Covent Garden and Spitalfields – two of the busiest and best known markets in London – is as ebullient as ever.

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Birmingham fair reduces set-up from two days to one to maintain low costs for exhibitors

17 October 2022

Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on the NEC in Birmingham next month for one of country’s larger vetted antiques and fine art fairs.

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Compton Verney CADA delights

10 October 2022

Showcase for Cotswolds dealers and guests takes place at arts and antiques exhibitions hub

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Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale

03 October 2022

Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.

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Antiques in Tents at Burton Court for its 10th year

03 October 2022

Grade II-listed manor house Burton Court near Leominster, Herefordshire, is the setting for Antiques in Tents’ next fair on Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, with 50 dealers.

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Whole lotta love for Ludlow

03 October 2022

Fairs are often good places to celebrity-spot and one of these sighted at the Ludlow fair was the veteran Led Zeppelin rock great, Robert Plant.

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Novelty hip flask with Churchill connection drawers bidders in Leominster

12 September 2022

The series of novelty ‘book’ hip flasks made by James Dixon & Co of Sheffield c.1900-10 are always popular collectables.

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Fairytales, fantasies and fables

12 September 2022

This copy of 'Hansel and Gretel', 1925, with 12 tipped-in colour plates by the Danish artist Kay Nielsen (1886-1957), is one of 600 numbered copies (numbered 16) signed by the artist, in the original publisher’s pictorial cloth.

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Tridarn's traditional triumph at Trevanion

12 September 2022

Proof that a traditional piece of furniture can still bring a traditional price, this mid-18th century oak tridarn went seven times above estimate at the Trevanion (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Shropshire.

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British and overseas silver at Fellows

05 September 2022

The Silver, Coins & Medals auction at Fellows in Birmingham on September 13 will include this garniture of three George V silver pedestal bowls with lion and serpent embellishments. estimated at £1500-2500.

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Call to arms: fairs in Bristol and Birmingham

29 August 2022

Organised by Tricorn Fairs, the biannual Bristol Fine Antique Arms Fair returns on Sunday, September 11, at a new venue: the Aztec West Hotel and Spa.

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Shield buyer parries rival bidders

29 August 2022

Aboriginal shields come in two basic types: broad shields used for deflecting projectiles and the narrow, compact parrying shields used in close contact fighting.

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