Star Wars 1978 Jawa figure by Palitoy on 12-back card (SW-12A) with the original vinyl cape, estimate £10,000-15,000 at Excalibur.

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One of the most coveted of Star Wars figures, a 1978 Jawa figure by Palitoy, has been discovered in a loft in the UK following the owner’s unpacking of various film memorabilia that was stacked high in various rooms of his house.

Having served as the art director for Marvel UK between 1974-79, he received a whole range of gifts from Palitoy during the promotion of the Star Wars line in Marvel’s comics.

The Jawa (pictured above) on the original 12-back card (SW-12A) exhibits the original vinyl cape, which was later substituted with a cloth cape not long into production. The figure carries an E grade on a VG/E card.

It is one of the rarest carded Star Wars figures known to exist, with only 10-15 examples documented.

Excalibur of Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, is offering the figure on January 27 with an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

The auction house sold an identical example in July last year for a hammer price of £21,000 against an estimate of also £10,000-15,000.


Royal Worcester pedestal cabinet vase and cover, with marks for 1901, decorator Charles Baldwyn, estimate £2000-3000 at Hutchinson Scott.

Although he painted many different animal subjects, the Royal Worcester decorator Charles Baldwyn will forever be associated with swans.

This 11in (27cm) pedestal cabinet vase and cover, with marks for 1901, is decorated to the ivory and power blue ground with a scene of swans in flight amid grasses and reeds reversed by a single swallow.

Signed Baldwyn, it has a guide of £2000-3000 as part of the three-day sale at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on January 23-25.


Study for a Wounded Stag by Sir Edwin Landseer, estimate £20,000-30,000 at Curated Auctions.

Curated Auctions of London is offering a Study for a Wounded Stag by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) with an estimate of £20,000-30,000 on January 18.

The oil on board dates to the c.1820s and has similarities to one of the wounded stags and hounds in the 1825-26 composition The Hunting of Chevy Chase (Birmingham Museums Trust).

This study has a long provenance going back to the Christie’s Landseer studio sale in May 1874 when it sold for £57.15; then the late T Horrocks Miller sale also at Christie’s, July 1933, when it was bought for 8 guineas; the contents of Lyneham House, Yealmpton, including the Landseer were purchased from Peter Cadbury in the 1980s.

It now comes for sale from the ‘private collection of a London gentleman’.


Wemyss baluster vase decorated with hollyhocks and bees, signed KN 1915 for Karel Nekola, estimate £5000-8000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

The Scottish Wemyss collection of George Bellamy will be dispersed in 160 lots by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on January 24.

Many of its highlights were pictured in the book Scottish Wemyss Ware 1882-1930: The George Bellamy Collection published in 2019. Among them is this handsome 21in (53cm) high baluster vase decorated with hollyhocks and bees. It is signed KN 1915 for Karel Nekola, the talented Czech decorator who left his native Bohemia to work with Robert Heron in Kirkcaldy in c.1882.

Estimate £5000-8000.


Two Limoges enamel plaques made by Dame Laura Knight with the collaboration of her friend Ella Naper depicting Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, estimate £8000-12,000 each at Lay’s.

Shown here are two little Limoges enamel plaques made by Dame Laura Knight with the collaboration of her friend Ella Naper.

Naper was Knight’s near neighbour at Trewoofe, just above the Lamorna Valley in Cornwall. As well as modelling for her friend (she appeared in Knight’s 1913 work Self Portrait with Model) she was a talented jeweller who had studied under Frank Partridge.

Naper and Knight collaborated on a very small number of these enamels, all themed with dancers and the ballet.

On the left is one from a series of enamels that Knight made depicting the dancers of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, probably showing The Polovtsian Dance from Prince Igor, which the artist would have seen at a performance in London in 1911.

Consigned via Naper family descent, the 5.3 x 4.9cm plaque is estimated at £8000-12,000 in Lay’s auction in Penzance on January 18.

The second, slightly smaller plaque, showing Ballet Russe dancers Pavlova and Mordkin, 1914, has the same estimate.


Royal Doulton model of a bulldog made for a few years after the First World War, known as Tommy or Old Bill, estimate £200-300 at David Duggleby.

The 6in (16cm) Royal Doulton model of a bulldog in a khaki glaze bearing a tin helmet and satchel was made for a few years after the First World War. Known as Tommy or Old Bill, this example with printed marks and the registered number 662746 to the base is expected to bring £200-300 at David Duggleby in Scarborough on January 19.


Two crosses and a crucifix cross rosary worn by Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1961-74, estimate £400-600 at Plymouth Auction Rooms.

Two crosses and a crucifix cross rosary that belonged to and were worn by Arthur Michael Ramsey (1904-88), who served as the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury between 1961-74, are coming up for auction.

He was born in Cambridge and had been previously appointed as both the bishop of Durham and the archbishop of York. He received numerous honours throughout his career.

The crosses were inherited by a family friend of the archbishop who later bequeathed them to their current owner.

One cross, being a flat pendant style, inlayed with mother of pearl, is engraved across the top on the reverse Mons In Quo Beneplacitum Est Deo Habitare which translated from Latin to ‘The mountain in which God is pleased to dwell’, from the biblical psalm 67:17, and below the engraving continues To Michael, Archbishop of Canterbury from the Diocese of Wellington. 1965.

The other, a pendant style with four purple (amethyst) inlaid stones and a purple rope necklace, has a silver maker’s mark engraved Arthur Michael Ramsey, from the Members of the Bishop’s Hostel Lincoln. 1930-1936, Michaelmas, 1952.

They will be offered on February 20 at Plymouth Auction Rooms estimated at £400-600.


An 1843 first edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, estimate £600-1000 at John Nicholson’s. .

An 1843 first edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be up for auction at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst on January 23.
The novella was originally published by Chapman & Hall under the longer title of A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
First published on December 19, 1843, just six weeks after Dickens began writing it, the book had sold out by Christmas Eve and had been through 13 editions by the end of 1844.
Estimate £600-1000.


Autographs of all four Beatles signed for a young fan in 1964, estimate £4500-5500 at Richard Winterton.

Autographs of all four Beatles signed for a young fan in 1964 are on offer at Richard Winterton in Lichfield on January 22 estimated at £4500-5500.

The autograph book also includes a stuck-in souvenir of Paul McCartney’s broken plectrum, a personalised inscription by Beatles roadie Mal Evans and signatures of other 1960s stars including Cliff Richard, Gerry Marsden, Tommy Quickly and Motown singer Mary Wells.

They were collected at De Montfort Hall by a Leicester teenager who trained as a nurse in Birmingham and later became sister in charge of the children’s ward at St Stephen’s Hospital in Fulham. She tragically died aged 24 just six months after marrying.

Dawsons of Maidenhead will offer a large group of items from the personal collection of Vivian Stanshall (1943-95), English singer/songwriter and founder member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

It is being sold in the Fine Art & Antiques auction on January 25.

Shown here is a Boosey & Co ‘Solbron Class A’ Cornet, serial No 79153, together with a Denis Wick mouthpiece in leather case, contained in an outer case bearing a Vivian Stanshall written label in his own hand, and his original address label. The case measures 5 x 14½ x 8½in (13 x 37 x 22cm). Estimate £300-500.

Antiques and collectables amassed over a lifetime by a woman who dedicated her life to public service are set for auction. They were collected by the late Margaret Stanhope MBE, who served in Staffordshire local government for 51 years. Her purchases adorned her historic cottage - parts of which date back to the 16th century - in the village of Alrewas.

The comprehensive collection is being offered in a single-owner sale on January 26 staged by Hansons in Derby.

Stanhope died at the age of 91 in February 2023. Away from politics and community life she had a deep interest in history and developed a passion for antiques, particularly silver and enamels, attending auctions and explored antiques shops. She married in 1957 when they bought the cottage where she lived for the rest of her life.

For a time she was involved in a partnership restoring silver-plated items but her strong interest was hallmarked silver. Pictured here is an Edwardian silver-mounted, cut-glass scent bottle, body chased and pierced with scrolls, foliage, flowers and open panels to sides, hinged cover with flowers and foliage, hallmarked Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co, London, 1903. Estimate £100-150.