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Remarkable Kipling collection sells for a total of £38,000

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Menu celebrating Kipling’s 25th birthday on December 30, 1890, decorated and handwritten by his father, John Lockwood Kipling, sold for £2200.

Having written the poem frequently chosen as the nation’s favourite, and well-loved works such as The Jungle Book and the Just So stories, not to mention winning the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature, it is fair to say Rudyard Kipling is one of Britain most popular authors, home and abroad.

So a remarkable collection offered at a June 25-26 sale at Ewbank’s of Send, near Woking in Surrey, was always going to spark widespread interest.
The family archive of Kipling letters, photographs and personal items, some of them belonging to the author’s troubled ‘forgotten sister’ Alice, or ‘Trix’ as she was known affectionately, sold for a total of £38,000. It had been estimated to raise around £20,000. more »

2010 Mark Cavendish Bike for Auction

cavendish bikeLet’s face it – Britain hasn’t exactly experienced the best summer of sporting glory so far. The huge (but not surprising) disappointment of GB’s only World Cup representative, England, was joined by Scotland’s Andy Murray giving up his Wimbledon crown, and the Tour de France swiftly fell flat, despite Yorkshire winning many points for hosting the event, with Chris Froome unable to repeat his 2013 triumph.

A sizeable medal haul for the Home Countries at the Commonwealth Games could numb some of the pain. Please… more »

Original ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ Posters in Auction

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You will have seen them copied, updated and parodied absolutely everywhere: the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ and ‘Join Your Country’s Army’ posters are now hugely familiar.

Examples of the originals of these striking wartime designs have come up for sale recently, and the rarity of the First World War ‘Britons…’ image , showing a stern, moustachioed Kitchener – the secretary of state for war who was later drowned in 1916 when his ship hit a mine – pointing directly at the viewer, is reflected in the £22,000 price reached at auctioneers Onslows in their sale on July 9 (plus 21.6% buyer’s premium). more »

When Lucian Freud failed to bring home the Bacon

BLOG freudHistory was made in November 2013 as Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies Of Lucian Freud’ set a new high for any lot ever sold at auction – but at a Berlin sale this summer you could have snapped up a portrait of Bacon by Freud for a bargain €850 (£680).

While that triptych from 1969 drew a prolonged bidding battle at Christie’s before it was knocked down to the New York dealers Acquavella for $127m (£83m), the rare piece of Freud ephemera sold at Dannenberg (20% buyer’s premium) on June 13-14 was in a rather different style: a Wanted poster designed by Freud (1922-2011) and posted around the German capital in June 2001. more »

One is a lovable, furry, cuddly bundle of fun. The other is Jeremy Clarkson.

Jeremy ClarksonA familiar, friendly face in popular culture. A lovable, furry, cuddly bundle of fun. No, not Jeremy Clarkson, but a stuffed toy coming up for sale on July 25 which does however have a very strong link to the rather more grizzly and growly Top Gear presenter. more »

20th century’s most desirable piece of furniture

BLOG James Bond deskThe name’s Kjaer. Bodil Kjaer. Her fame may not be immediately obvious, but particularly attentive James Bond fans could recognise her work featured in two of the hugely popular 007 films. more »

Steiff saleroom competition for rare commemorative Titanic bears

Titanic mourning bear SASThe sinking of the Titanic led to a widespread sense of loss, but for many businesses it also presented a wide range of commercial possibilities as they produced items to mark the tragedy.

A month afterwards, in mid May 1912, German firm Steiff placed an order to the mohair manufacturer Schulte Cloth for a large quantity of black mohair. It seems Steiff had received an order from Britain to create black teddy bears – Titanic mourning bears. The order was rapidly fulfilled and five versions were made.

Steiff made nearly 500 of these bears initially but a further 161 were produced from 1917-19, making a total of 655. The first run, sold in shops throughout London, sold out quickly. more »

One of the most infamous documents in history?

Chamberlain 2The piece of paper waved by Neville Chamberlain on his return from meeting Hitler in 1938 must count as one of the most infamous documents in history.

When he landed at Heston airport on September 30 the British Prime Minister made a speech alongside the plane straight after landing, saying “settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace”. It promised “peace for our time”, he later said at 10 Downing Street. more »

Divine intervention leads to over £200k for charity from sale of gold sovereigns

hansons coinsDeath, debt and divorce are cited as the usual reasons for selling up but divine intervention can be added to the list if Hansons’ sale on June 27 was anything to go by.

According to auctioneer Charles Hanson, a “mystery Derbyshire collector” consigned their entire collection of gold items resembling “a modern-day Saxon hoard”, and he gave the proceeds to charity thanks to a Road to Damascus-style revelation after reading the bible. more »

Six great pieces of silver and pewter to celebrate 150 years of Archibald Knox

KnoxArchibald Knox for Liberty & Co was the focus of keen bidding at Bonhams’ decorative arts from 1860 sale on June 18 in New Bond Street.

In a well-timed offering, it coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Manxman’s birth – the focus of several events this year including a large loan exhibition of 115 pieces on display at this summer’s Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair in London and the issuing of a set of special edition stamps by the Isle of Man post office featuring a selection of his designs.

Such good pre-sale publicity aided by sensibly pitched estimates saw this ten-lot group of very choice pieces all sell to contribute just over £100,000 to the sale total. more »

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