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DNW pledges 5% of premium for NHS…

Dix Noonan Webb will donate 5% of buyer’s premium to charity during the Covid-19 crisis. The London auction house has chosen to give the money to NHS Charities Together starting with its online sale Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals on April 8 when it raised £2681.

It will continue with all auctions through the crisis. The ongoing total is being recorded on its homepage.

DNW has increased the number of sales in its auction schedule which will all be held as online sales for the forseeable future.

…Hansons sells shed loads for NHS

Derbyshire auctioneer Charles Hanson raised £30,000 for the NHS by conducting an online charity auction from his shed on April 3.

The money raised will be donated to Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity Covid-19 Appeal.

Two donations from dealer Drew Pritchard of TV’s Salvage Hunters were in high demand. His trademark tweed cap brought £480 while a day out salvage hunting and antiques shopping fetched £3700.

…Hyman holds show to back NHS

James Hyman Gallery in London has launched an online selling show in support of the NHS. Running until April 30, it features Modern British paintings, drawings and sculpture as well as vintage photographs and prints.

Dealer Hyman announced the show after a mild case of coronavirus in the family, which led to them being quarantined, including his wife who is an NHS surgeon.


Eduardo Paolozzi’s plaster Krokadeel (1998) is offered for £1250 at James Hyman’s exhibition.

He said: “As everyone pulls together, I have been thinking what I can do as an art dealer. I feel very helpless. What I have done is put together a selection of works by some of the major photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, at reduced prices, and will donate all profits to the NHS.”

Prices start at £650 and new works are added regularly.

Highlights so far include works by early photography pioneer Henri Le Secq as well as photos by Gustave le Gray, Andre Kertesz and John Greene. Other artists on show include Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi, Marc Quinn and Walter Richard Sickert.

…Cheffins supports local hospital

Fancy having your name used as a character in the next Jeffrey Archer novel? It is one of the lots on offer in Cheffins’ timed online auction in aid of the COVID-19 Fast Response Fund. This new fund has been set up by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) to support Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Scheduled to start on April 17, the timed online auction will also include the opportunity to have supper and a tour of The Pavilion at Lord’s and a private tour of Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket.

The sale begins at 10am on April 17 and runs for one week, closing on April 24 at 7pm. Winners will be notified of their successful bids on Monday, April 27.

The usual buyer’s premium fee of 22.5% will be waived for this online auction, as will the standard 3% online fee. All proceeds will go directly to the fund.

…Bonhams offers Joan and Jools

Lunch with Dame Joan Collins and drinks with Jools Holland are among the prizes going under the hammer at an auction held by Bonhams to benefit the NHS.

The online-only timed auction called BLUE Auction in aid of NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal has lots from leading actors, musicians and artists. It ends on April 29.

Picture specialist joins Sworders

Picture specialist Sarah Flynn has left Cheffins in Cambridge to join Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet as head of Old Master paintings. She will work alongside two other specialists, Amy Scanlon and Jane Oakley.


Sarah Flynn has joined Sworders.

Before joining Sworders, Flynn was head of the paintings at Cheffins for 12 years helping to build a department that has handled some important consignments in recent years.

She worked on Cheffins’ September contents sale of Mawley Hall, Shropshire, alongside furniture and works of art specialist Luke Macdonald, who joined Sworders in November.

Flynn began her career in the Old Masters department at Christie’s in London.

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The top prize in a competition launched by auction house Fellows to “reward loyal customers and encourage new people to join its auctions”. Anyone who bids in the next two auctions (Jewellery, ending April 16, or Watches, ending April 20), will be entered into a draw. The winner receives a £200 voucher to spend in any Fellows auction in the next year. Fellows is also entering new buyers into another prize draw to win a £100 voucher.