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Dapper dummy made in Austria, brought to UK, now heads to US

18 October 2021

This ventriloquist’s dapper dummy was one of the surprise star turns at Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Shrewsbury auction.

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Tolkien signature discovery boosts Hobbit value

18 October 2021

It was when the book was in the process of being catalogued by Bretells (19% buyer’s premium) of Newport, Shropshire, that a second impression copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit was seen to bear the author’s signature.

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The web shop window: Robert Gemmell Hutchison beach scene

30 August 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Signal book of naval ships brings bidders to Shrewsbury sale

09 August 2021

Illustrated with 76 hand-coloured flags, a 1794 Signal Book for the Ships of the Line sold to an online bidder for £11,000 in a Shrewsbury sale.

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Salop shop spotlight

17 July 2021

Shropshire is a fertile county for antiques centres and shops.

JOS and Two Cs ready for action

12 July 2021

Organisers prepare for events in Worcestershire and Shropshire including new fairs.

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Pick of the week: £220,000 for enigmatic faces of the Interregnum

28 June 2021

Believed to date from the mid-17th century, this double portrait is a fascinating painting on many accounts.

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Boucheron bought direct from the Bond Street shop

28 June 2021

Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Summer auction in Shrewsbury on June 16 included a private collection of nine pieces of Boucheron jewellery.

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Ceramics of Shropshire and Song origins

29 March 2021

Two very different ceramic objects illuminated The Spring Auction at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) in Shrewsbury on March 17.

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JOS launches two events which complement the B2B fair schedule

29 March 2021

This coming Easter weekend may be quieter than usual but many of us can plan to meet up with family and friends again in the coming weeks and months as lockdown restrictions ease around the UK.

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Wimperis returns after six years

18 January 2021

Reappearing in the same saleroom after a six-year interval, a landscape by Edmund Morison Wimperis (1835-1900) attracted attention at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury.

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Picasso’s agony and ecstasy…and the calm of a back garden

23 November 2020

Offered with moderate estimates, two Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) etchings from the Vollard Suite drew demand at the recent timed online sale of Modern & Contemporary art at Halls (20% buyer’s premium).

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‘Hans Sloane’ Chelsea dish is a vine find

09 November 2020

This Chelsea dish moulded as a vine leaf and painted with polychrome fruit is a textbook production from the Red Anchor period c.1755-58.

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Flying boats and Florence

12 October 2020

Florence Nightingale was a name that figured prominently among the 130 lots of books and ephemera offered as part of a September 2 sale in Shrewsbury.

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New hires and expansion plans – Movers & Shakers across the auction house sector

15 September 2020

The latest moves at Halls, Cheffins, Freeman’s and Milestone Auctions.

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A slice of country life in Ludlow with racecourse event

14 September 2020

Organising duo diversify to attract visitors to this month’s racecourse event

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Royal Worcester plaque painters in the spotlight at Trevanion & Dean

07 September 2020

In the hierarchy of Royal Worcester fruit painters Frank Roberts (1857-1920) comes close to the top.

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Three pieces of wonderful Worcester highlight the work of a trio of factories

10 August 2020

Pictured here are three good examples of Worcester hard-paste porcelain from the early decades of the 19th century – at which time there was a trio of factories operating in the city.

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Club used by golf great Seve Ballesteros and glorious early trophy ready to tee off at auction

10 August 2020

A legend of golf is represented at Shropshire saleroom Mullock’s Golfing Memorabilia and Antique & Modern Fishing Tackle auction on August 13-14.

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Buyer tracks down a Lely lookalike

25 May 2020

This portrait that emerged at the March 18 auction at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) of Shrewsbury appears to be closely based on Sir Peter Lely’s (1618-80) portrait of Mary II as a young girl that now resides in the Royal Collection.