Queen Victoria's slippers
Slippers owned by Queen Victoria – estimate £2000-3000 at Bellmans.

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Victoria’s slippers emerge in Sussex

Slippers once owned by Queen Victoria will be offered at an auction in West Sussex later this month.

The cream satin ballet-style slippers with gold thread bands and raised rosettes were made in the 1840s-50s by boot and shoemakers Gundry & Sons.

The slippers are estimated at £2000-3000 at Bellmans’ auction on May 26.

The shoes had been given by Queen Victoria to her Mistress of the Robes, Harriet Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland.

Her granddaughter Lady Florence married Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin, and the slippers stayed in the Chaplin family until they were sold at Burwell Auctions in a Victoriana Sale on May 13, 2000, where the present owner acquired them.

Numismatic expert now at Florida firm

Andrew Salzberg

Andrew Salzberg.

Florida’s Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) has appointed Andrew Salzberg as executive vice president. He joins from numismatic firm Asset Marketing Services.

Due to Salzberg’s experience on the dealer side of business he will start within CCG’s Numismatic Guaranty Corporation overseeing its bulk coins.

CCG runs a number of different sub companies including Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, Numismatic Conservation Services and Paper Money Guaranty. Founded in 1987, CCG companies certify coins, banknotes, comic books, trading cards, sports cards, stamps and related collectables.

Art dealer’s new role at saleroom

Dr Sebastian Neußer

Dr Sebastian Neußer of Ketterer Kunst.

Dr Sebastian Neußer has joined German auction house Ketterer Kunst. The art dealer had previously worked with Michael Werner gallery.

Neußer will be in charge of high-end client services with a focus on the expansion on the international market.

He joins the executive team that includes company owner Robert Ketterer, auctioneer Gudrun Ketterer, managing director Peter Wehrle and the scientific adviser Dr Mario von Lüttichau.

O’Connor joins the Heritage team

Brett O’Connor

Brett O’Connor has joined Heritage.

Heritage Auctions has appointed Brett O’Connor as senior director, private sales jewelry and timepieces. He has previously worked at Bonhams and Sotheby’s.

Art storage space business expands

Steven Guttman

UOVO co-chairman Steven Guttman.

Art storage space UOVO has expanded into south Florida. The firm has acquired art logistics business Museo Vault which had been founded in 2008.

UOVO adds two art storage facilities totalling 90,000 sq ft (in Miami and in West Palm Beach) along with five vehicles, a viewing room in Miami’s Wynwood district and a crating shop.

The business was founded by co-chairman Steven Guttman (pictured above) in 2014 and operates from more than 750,000 sq ft of storage space across seven locations in New York, Delaware and Florida.

Lowry rugby work drops in to auction

LS Lowry picture

Going to the Match by LS Lowry – estimate £2m-3m at Sotheby’s on June 29.

LS Lowry’s (1887-1976) Going to the Match is coming to auction next month at Sotheby’s in London. It dates from 1928 and Sotheby’s said it is among the earliest known of Lowry’s depictions of a sporting occasion and one of only a small handful of paintings of rugby known to have been executed by the artist.

The picture had remained in the same family since 1972 and it has been exhibited only once before (in 1966). Estimated at £2m-3m, it will go on show in New York, Edinburgh and Dublin before a preview at Sotheby’s New Bond Street from June 22 ahead of the June 29 sale.

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Hank Williams poster

An advertisement for a 1953 Hank Williams show in Ohio.


The price (£108,000) an advertisement for a 1953 Hank Williams show in Ohio made at Heritage in Dallas on May 1-2, setting a world record for the most expensive concert poster at auction. Found in 1981 in a Canton, Ohio, barn, it is one of only three known existing copies. Williams never made the concert – he died of a heart attack in the backseat of a car en route, aged 29. The concert still took place, as a tribute.