North Yorkshire


Life on the open road with Cuneo

18 June 2018

“The open road, the dusty highway, the heath, the common, the hedgerows, the rolling downs!”


Drake and Bell’s Pre-Raphaelite on plaster lead Skipton sale

18 June 2018

A plaster plaque of a mother and child drew multiple bids when it was offered at Hutchinson Scott (20% buyer’s premium) in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

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Very rare 17th century English doll turns heads to sell for £9500 at North Yorkshire auction

08 June 2018

Despite having lost a hand and suffering minor wear and chips to her chin, not to mention being just 5.5in (14cm) high, a doll caused a considerable stir at auction with six phone lines and internet bidders all desperate to succeed.

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Rare Dambusters Lancaster bomber flight trials certificate up at auction in North Yorkshire

04 June 2018

The bravery of the Dambusters crews has been marked in this 75th anniversary year by a series of events and at North Yorkshire auction house Tennants this month you have the chance to bid for a rare bit of memorabilia.

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Why Lord Byron may have been mad and bad but is great news for auction houses

21 May 2018

Lord Byron was described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to the poet and general hellraiser make very welcome consignments for auction houses given the appeal of his name.


Staithes Group sells along the coast at Scarborough auction rooms

30 April 2018

Well-situated on the North Yorkshire coast, Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby (21% buyer’s premium) is the regular recipient of pictures associated with one of the area’s biggest artistic exports.


Chinese porcelain has pride of place in Leyburn

30 April 2018

Chinese porcelain resumed its traditional dominance among the Oriental offerings at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn.


Another Grosvenor tranche in Leyburn

16 April 2018

Modern British art from a variety of movements dominated proceedings at the Spring Fine Art sale held at Tennants (17.5% buyer’s premium).


Aldine books fly high at auction

26 March 2018

Aldine press books of the early 16th century, mostly it seems in a good but much later full morocco or calf bindings, produced a number of the higher bids in a recent Yorkshire sale.


Contemporary artist Kirby’s gender agenda

26 March 2018

Contemporary art drew considerable interest at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).


Pen a positive response to the Yorkshire Fleamarket

19 March 2018

Helen Bowman and Ben Wray of Bowman Antiques Fairs say they are delighted that their sister event, the Yorkshire Flea run at Skipton Auction Mart, is growing in popularity.


Gertrude Bell furnishings on offer at Tennants

26 February 2018

Furnishings that were once part of the family home of Gertrude Bell, one of the most fascinating figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are coming up at auction at Tennants in North Yorkshire on March 17.


Furniture and clocks flourish in North Yorkshire

19 February 2018

Specialists who relaunched North Yorkshire auction house generate old-school optimism.


Auction house duo make everything rosy at an idyllic location

12 February 2018

It’s lucky that Michael Scott and Paul Hodson are such firm friends, or the next War of the Roses could break out.


Get your claws into a canine collar

12 February 2018

'Steal me not but let me jog; for I am Mrs Gwynn’s Dog.' For lovers of antique dog collars, collecting examples engraved with an amusing inscription such as this one, or a quirky owner’s name, is all part of the fun.


The Tennants terriers in traditional country house style

05 February 2018

Traditional ‘country house style’ pictures were in plentiful supply at a two-day sale at Tennants of Leyburn.


RAF clocks add touch of colour

15 January 2018

Second World War technology starred at Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) militaria sale at Leyburn.


Hey bulldog: Saatchi buy has less sale bite

08 January 2018

Renowned as he is for promoting – indeed, creating – markets in art, advertising mogul Charles Saatchi appears to have over-estimated the taxidermy market when bidding at the sale of the Will Fisher Collection at Christie’s South Kensington in February 2012.


Coming under fire: antique firearms and ordnance laws

11 December 2017

The protocols around selling antique firearms and ordnance are increasingly strict. We talk to auctioneer Angus Ashworth about the perils that even an ex-army man can face.


Pavilion consignment provides pleasant surprise

04 December 2017

Selling the contents of historic estates, especially those in the same family for several generations, will often throw up surprises.