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Moonraker rifle

James Bond Moonraker laser rifle stuns at auction taking £22,000

22 January 2019

A ‘Moonraker’ laser rifle and letter from Roger Moore are among sales highlights at a James Bond auction in the Midlands as Surrey auction house Ewbank’s prepares for its Bond and Beyond memorabilia sale.

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James Bond memorabilia auctions include shocking letter from the saintly Roger Moore

11 January 2019

Suave and sophisticated are the terms that come to mind when referring to the late, great and saintly James Bond actor Roger Moore. A raised eyebrow perhaps. But certainly not the word ‘bollocks’.

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‘Only Fools and Horses’ fans dressed as Batman and Robin win Midlands auction to buy prop from TV series

21 September 2018

A prop that featured in the BBC comedy ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has sold for a hammer price of £28,000 (plus 24% buyer's premium including VAT) at Dudley auction house Aston's. The winning bidders arrived at the saleroom suitably attired – in a Batman and Robin costume.

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Fine chalice choice at Stourbridge auction

17 September 2018

Two Worcester ‘Limoges’ chalices were the star lots at Stourbridge auction house Fieldings (21% buyer’s premium).

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Soviet spy camera disguised as fag packet sells for £29,000 house record at Dudley auction

12 July 2018

The cost of smoking is going crazy – someone has just paid £29,000 for a packet of cigarettes in the West Midlands.

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Soviet hidden spy cameras set to click at West Midlands auction

26 June 2018

Ah, nostalgia. Hear the words ‘Russian’ and ‘spying’ these days and ‘Novichok’ and ‘Polonium’ will come to mind. Try looking back instead to the 1970s-80s with the help of a large collection of Soviet cameras coming up at auction.

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First Doctor Who script up at auction

05 March 2018

The script for the very first Doctor Who episode owned by the first actor to play the role is coming up at auction in the West Midlands.

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Rolex made famous by Steve McQueen makes house record hammer price at Dudley saleroom Aston's

01 March 2018

A Rolex of the model made famous after being worn by King of Cool Steve McQueen has set a house record at West Midlands saleroom Aston’s Auctioneers.

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Doctor Who script for very first episode owned by William Hartnell comes up at auction

27 February 2018

The original Doctor Who script for the first-ever Doctor Who episode is something always likely to attract high demand at auction. Chuck in the fact that it was used and owned by the very first Doctor Who actor, William Hartnell, and it just gets better and better.

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Punch’s cartoonist Partridge plays his part as theatre artist

11 September 2017

One of the less commonly known facts about Sir John Bernard Partridge (1861-1945), the lead cartoonist at Punch magazine, was that he had a spell as an actor in his youth.

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Wigan artist shines through

11 September 2017

Fieldings’ picture consultant William Lacey said he could remember a time 30 years ago when works by Wigan artist James Lawrence Isherwood (1917-89) could be bought for £30-40.

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WATCH: Auctioneer Chris Aston on amazing film memorabilia treasure trove

20 July 2017

It’s all about Facebook. Oh no, hang on, it’s Instagram. But what about Tweeting? Where does YouTube fit into all this? We ask West Midlands auctioneer Chris Aston about his video tips.

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Lego HO scale plastic cars roar into Astons West Midlands auction

06 December 2016

Star Wars, Action Man and plastic soldiers are just three of the toy collectable fields growing in demand as buyers get all nostalgic about their childhoods. Another biggie in this market is Lego.

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War of the Worlds film poster from 1953 on offer at Dudley auction

25 November 2016

The War of the Worlds 1953 British quad film poster is regarded as a scarce must-have in that collecting market.

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Memorabilia from rock band The Who to be auctioned

11 September 2016

A gold watch given by The Who drummer Keith Moon and John Entwistle’s Anello & Davide tan suede heeled boots are among the lots up for sale in the Film & Music Memorabilia Auction at Aston’s Auctioneers on September 15.

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Selling at £34,000, Limehouse at its absolute best

23 January 2012

THE small factory at Limehouse, operating on the banks of the Thames just to the east of the Tower of London from 1745-1748, was one of the pioneers of English porcelain manufacture.

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Hotwheels stand on the podium for Pippa

01 January 2011

A recent sale conducted by Astons of Dudley included a collection of merchandise belonging to a former Palitoy UK sales representative.

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Toy auctioneers turn their attentions to listed home

22 March 2010

THE home of West Midlands toy specialists Astons is the grade II listed Baylies's Charity School, on Tower Street, Dudley.

Rethink over glass museum

09 November 2009

DUDLEY Council are to scrap plans to close the Broadfield House Glass Museum and relocate the renowned glass collections to the nearby Cone site.

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Protestors buy more time to save glass museum

16 February 2009

AN outcry from interest groups has bought more time to save the Broadfield House Glass Museum at Stourbridge, which was earmarked for closure by Dudley council.