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Over 100 pieces of ceramics by the Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough will feature in Thomas Watson’s March 21 sale in Darlington, County Durham.

Much of the collection is attributed to Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) who was art superintendent at Linthorpe between 1879 and 1882. The pottery closed after a decade in 1889.

Divided into 44 lots, the collection includes single items of jugs, vases and bowls, together with pairs and small groupings. Guide prices range from £60-120 for a small group to single items by Dresser valued at £200-300, such as this Peruvian-style two-handled vase. Each piece bears a facsimile signature and Henry Tooth monogram.


The fifth part of the vast coin collection of historian and numismatist Lord Stewartby is going under the hammer at Spink London on March 28.

With a focus on Stewartby’s assorted Tudor and Stuart coins, the sale includes this Henry VIII (1509-47) third coinage Groat, which features a minting quirk.

Made at the mint in the Tower of London between 1544-47, the coin features obverse mintmarks over a simple annulet and a pellet in annulet. Though the latter is seen on Testoons, neither mark is known on the Groats of this period and is therefore thought to be unintentional. Estimate £200-250.


This ‘museum quality’ reproduction of a cretaceous velociraptor mongoliensis skull and jaws is for sale at TimeLine Auctions’ Gregory, Bottley & Lloyd, Natural History Auction in Harwich, Essex, on March 25.

The original skull was discovered in the Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia, known for its specimens of velociraptor and made famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs.

The copy measures 10½in (26cm) long and is guided at £120-170.


This programme is from The Beatles’ first UK tour where they performed as a supporting act for the 16-year-old singer Helen Shapiro.

By the end of the tour they had been elevated to finishing the first half of the show with songs such as Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, Chains and Please Please Me.

The 1963 programme is included in Omega Auctions’ sale of Beatles memorabilia in Cheshire on March 17.

Estimate £100-150.