Models and toys made by Dinky, Britains and Corgi have never lost their attraction – the world over – and a sale held recently by Old Toy Soldier Auctions of Pittsburgh drew global bidding.
A highly-unusual public ballot to sell an extremely rare gold sovereign will be staged by the Royal Mint on Friday this week.
An Egyptian brown quartzite head of the God Amun, its features reminiscent of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen, a device used to align the ruling King with deities, will lead Christie’s sale of exceptional treasures on Thursday.
Artist James Watterston Herald has appeared in this column a few times – though never to my dimming memory with a painting of his own backyard.
Kilkenny auction house Fonsie Mealy has a habit of setting the bar high when it sells items relating to the Irish novelist James Joyce.
AS IF you hadn’t had enough of elections, along comes today’s illustration of a ballot box!
Eastbourne Auctions is almost as far from Dundee as you can get on the British mainland, but the two communities were linked on May 11 when the Sussex seaside saleroom sold a rare British Antarctic Expedition saucer bearing the emblem of the Terra Nova, the Dundee ship which carried Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic in 1910.
Only one biscuit has appeared in all the years of this column. It featured in 2002, but failed to sell in an otherwise busy Christie’s saleroom during a dispersal of 400 lots of Arctic and Antarctic memorabilia.
I brought you a book last week – and here is another. This is a basket case of a bible, though, if you’ll pardon the phrase.
Sold for £500 at Knight’s auction of sporting memorabilia in Leicester last month was a cricket item I have never seen in 30 years of auction watching.