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Collectors' Corner

Doncaster Gold Cup is on a winning streak

February 23 2019

While awaiting your cuppa in the McManus, glance at the glazed display case lining the café and the shimmering presence of a museum treasure – the silver-gilt Doncaster Gold Cup, made for one of the oldest horse races in Britain.

Collectors' Corner

Adam Smith letter is something to write home about

January 12 2019

This column has several times featured the sale of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought – and also its exponential rise in value. On December 12, for instance, I watched Smith’s personal copy sell in London for £900,000.

Collectors' Corner

Darlings’ bravery commemorated in rare medal

January 5 2019

When Grace Darling helped to rescue men from the SS Forfarshire, which struck the Farne Islands in 1838 en route to Dundee, The Times newspaper gushed, ‘Is there, in the whole field of history or of fiction, even one instance of female heroism to compare for one moment with this?’

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