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This violin dates to 1778 and was made by Augustino de Planis, an instrument maker active in Genoa during the mid to late 18th century.

The violin bears what is believed to be an original label, and is supported with paperwork from John & Arthur Beare, dated 1904.

It is estimated at £1500-2000 in Tennants’ sale of Scientific and Musical Instruments, Cameras and Tools on June 7 in Leyburn.


This English Tudor oak portrait panel of a man is priced £650 from specialist early European woodcarving dealer Celia Jennings in Kent.

Dated c.1525, it probably depicts a courtier at the court of Henry VIII rather than the monarch himself.


Historical & Collectable, specialist in commemoratives and Staffordshire pot lids, holds its next sale on June 3 in Berkshire.

A highlight is this scarce Staffordshire example featuring a bear in a ravine dated c.1850.

It comes from the Tebbs Collection of Staffordshire pot lids and is estimated at £800-1400.


This first edition of AA Milne’s (1882-1956) Winnie The Pooh will go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions on May 31 in London.

It contains illustrations by EH Shepard (1879-1976) and has an original pictorial cloth gilt dust jacket. It has some light soiling and is guided at £500-800.