BERTOIA AUCTIONS of New Jersey are renowned in the trade for establishing a worldwide collecting interest in mechanical toys, notably the very best vintage German and American tin toys.
YOU WOULDN’T get away with today’s item as cabin baggage on Ryanair!
IN THE years of writing this column I have never come across a pattern book from a Dundee textile manufacturer. Perhaps they were not required for ‘out-of-sight’ jute products, such as sacking, bagging and carpet backing, and possibly the linen lords, like Baxter Brothers, who preceded the jute barons, felt their exports spoke for themselves.
I LEFT a modest and ultimately successful bid for a Perth item in the July 26 sale at Spink’s in London. It would be repeating an earlier column if I showed it here, so illustrated from the same auction is an unusual survivor from the Boer War.
ONE ROLE I proudly fulfil is helping with the Great War Dundee project, an umbrella group of organisations which includes archives, libraries, universities, historic groups, private companies and visitor attractions. You may recall some of our events, such as the Loos centenary concert in the Caird Hall in 2015.
SOLD BY Cambridge-based Cheffins on July 12 was a rare copy of one of the most remarkable books of the 20th Century – The War of the Worlds.
ADAM DUNCAN is a significant figure in Dundee history – and many believe his role in the wider history of the British Isles has been played down, partly due to the infatuation with Horatio Nelson of column fame – though not this one.
I WAS burrowing around in Sotheby’s sales for something attractive to mark the centenary of their stay in Bond Street – and came up with the deerhound illustrated!
I’VE OWNED a few oddball cars in recent times – including a Morris from the 1930s, an Austin from the 50s and a basketcase from the 1970s, but never anything as grand, historic or famous as the four-wheel thunderbolt in today’s illustration.
THE HIGHEST price for any work of art is the $250 million paid by the tiny, oil-rich nation of Qatar for Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players.