Gentle watercolours from master of horror Peter Cushing

FOR a man linked inextricably with terror, ghosts, ghouls and vampires, the gentle pastimes of birdwatching and painting watercolours would not be your first guess when it comes to hobbies. But Peter Cushing (1913-94) had a very different side to the sinister roles he became known for in the film world, from Hammer Horror ghastliness … Continue reading “Gentle watercolours from master of horror Peter Cushing”

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Robert Redford baseball glove is among a star studded celeb sale

FANCY owning Robert Redford’s baseball glove, Cher’s mini dress or Mike Myers’ suit? All these and many more will be up for grabs when Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills offers the Hollywood film and TV costumes and props from the Golden Closet Archive in Beverly Hills on November 20, writes Anne Crane of Antiques Trade Gazette. … Continue reading “Robert Redford baseball glove is among a star studded celeb sale”

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Hans Coper and Lucie Rie studio ceramics showcased in a Leeds bungalow

“WE don’t take holidays and don’t run a car and now with a free bus pass it feels like a pay rise.” On the surface, Alan Firth (1934-2015) and his wife Pat (1934-2012) – author of these bon mots – were stereotypes of parsimonious West Yorkshire working-class folk, getting through life on Alan’s wages of … Continue reading “Hans Coper and Lucie Rie studio ceramics showcased in a Leeds bungalow”

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Button Gwinnett and his place in American history

“BUTTON who?” When Shropshire documents specialist Ben Jones was told that an American client was considering selling the clipped signature of Button Gwinnett he reached for the search engine, writes Roland Arkell of Antiques Trade Gazette. He soon discovered that this 8 x 3.5cm clip of paper carried the name of a colonial politician who … Continue reading “Button Gwinnett and his place in American history”

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