Typically purchases can either be collected safely and couriered, or stored by the auctioneers until the current government guidance is lifted. Some of the events below have been rescheduled from earlier dates.
Eight upcoming lots
This Battersea enamel pill or snuff box above with a satirical print titled The Lawyer and his Agent has hopes of £300-400 in Chiswick Auctions’ sale From the Curious to the Extraordinary on April 28.
The sale at Kings Russell in London on April 28 includes an 18 x 15in (47 x 39cm) drypoint etching by Louis Icart (1888-1950). Bewilderment, signed in pencil, dates from 1920 and is pitched at £250-350.
A 1798 first edition copy of the eight volumes of A Complete View of the Chinese Empire carries an estimate of £300-400 at Forum Auctions in London on April 23.
The full title continues: Exhibited in a Geographical Description of that Country, a Dissertation on its Antiquity, and a Genuine and Copious Account of Earl Macartney’s Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China.
Pictured above is its engraved portrait frontispiece depicting the emperor emeritus Qianlong, who had abdicated two years earlier in favour of his son Jaiqing.
A metal detectorist searching a ploughed field on the Isle of Wight uncovered a silver penny of Edward the Martyr – the teenager who ruled Saxon Britain from 975-978AD.
It is now up at auction in the Dix Noonan Webb live online-only sale on April 22 estimated at £5000-7000.
Edward was only 13 when he was crowned king after the death of his father Eadgar. He was assassinated by supporters of his half-brother Aethelred at the Saxon hall where Corfe Castle in Dorset now stands. Edward became venerated as a saint and martyr.
The coin includes a legend reading AELSTAN M’O CANT (Aelfstan moneyer of Canterbury). Thirty-nine mints were in operation around the country at this time with three moneyers working at Canterbury.
Long before Tim Burton reinvented him, Christopher Nolan reimagined him or Ben Affleck played him as an older, more mature Caped Crusader, there was the 1960s Batman: definitely more comic and camp than Dark Knight.
This poster for Batman: The Movie (1966) estimated at £7000-9000 in the Prop Store auction on April 23 captures that light-hearted charm perfectly. Tom Chantrell’s colourful artwork features all the key characters, with Batman and Robin taking centre stage.
In “original folded (as issued) condition with bright, vibrant colours”, it measures 2ft 6in x 3ft 4in (76cm x 1.02m) and was printed in England by Stafford & Co, Nottingham and London.
Under pressure to keep costs low and hit the shelves in time for Christmas 1978, the firm scrapped the all-plastic model in favour of its own design. The cardboard hemisphere seen here was the makeshift result.
This example, in generally very good condition, has an estimate of £300-500 at East Bristol Auctions on April 25. The playset is catalogued as being 100% complete with all clips, guns and top canopy (repaired) and it comes in the original Palitoy first-issue box.
Brightwells is rolling out a series of weekly online wine sales across the next month. The sale closing on April 22 focuses on Bordeaux reds including these three magnums of Chateau Haut Brion 1970 (estimate £900-1200).
This Victorian reverse painted silhouette picture titled The Pedlars is estimated at £100-150 in a timed auction held by Hutchinson Scott of Skipton closing on April 23. The image, in a burr maple ogee moulded frame, measures 5 x 8in (13 x 19cm).