Inaugural packers conference at the-saleroom HQ

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The inaugural the-saleroom.com Delivery Packers Conference took place recently and marked over a year’s service of collecting, packing and shipping lots sold on the-saleroom.com. The service launched in June 2013 and now services 70 auctioneers and over 100 auctions per month with small team in house and dedicated teams of freelance packers throughout the UK. … Continue reading “Inaugural packers conference at the-saleroom HQ”

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The Egyptian coffin cover and the monocled crocodile wrestler

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When Stephen Drake of Willingham Auctions discovered a 3000-year-old Egyptian coffin cover in a house clearance on the Essex coast, he was amazed. But perhaps even more astonishing was what he uncovered next. Mr Drake, who found the cobweb-covered coffin cover propped up against a longcase clock after climbing through a hole in the wall … Continue reading “The Egyptian coffin cover and the monocled crocodile wrestler”

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Box of (Chinese) bits sold for £5500 on the-saleroom today

A Chinese porcelain mug, decorated figures, a cloisonné vase, two similar jars, and other ceramics

Charterhouse sale: Clocks, Coins, Stamps, Militaria, Collectors’ Items & Antiques Someone saw a bargain in Lot 25 at the Charterhouse sale in Dorset today – a box containing a Chinese porcelain mug, decorated figures, a cloisonné vase, two similar jars and other ceramics made a whopping £5500 hammer price through the-saleroom.com

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5 tiny treasures – but how many million pounds to the inch?

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Chengua doucai chicken cup – 3.1in (8cm) in diameter – HK$250m/$36m/£21.5m: April 8, 2014 Sotheby’s, Hong Kong. Around 500 years old, there are thought to be only 17 of these doucai, or chicken cups that have survived, with this being one of only four remaining in private hands. They date to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) … Continue reading “5 tiny treasures – but how many million pounds to the inch?”

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Food, flowers and flights – TEFAF Maastricht in numbers

Food, flowers and flights – TEFAF Maastricht in numbers

The world’s top art and antiques fair can see hundreds of millions of pounds change hands each year as dealers welcome wealthy buyers onto their stands. But aside from the art itself, there are some other truly astounding numbers to conjure with. Here are just a few for 2014:

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