VISIT ANY high street and a Polish voice will seldom be far distant. With over 900,000 now living in the UK, Poles are Britain’s largest foreign-born community. Additionally, there are countless descendants of the over 200,000 Poles who settled here after the Second World War.
A curiosity of the horological world is the early “flat”, or horizontal, clock.
Sold by French auction house Thierry de Maigret in Paris last month was a striking 16th Century men’s leather doublet, or in their words, ‘très rare pourpoint de gentilhomme en chamois brodé, France, vers 1580-1600’.
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.
We could argue all day about the world’s rarest book. Audubon’s Birds of America tends to fetch mega-money. A copy was sold by Christie’s New York on June 14 for £6.24 million, and even that was not its auction record. But if a first of a Shakespeare first folio came up…who knows?
WOMEN voted in parliamentary elections for the first time on this corresponding Saturday a century ago. The General Election of 14 December 1918 was the culmination of a 50-year struggle to win the vote – a campaign remembered today by streets in Perth and Dundee named after the militant suffragette Ethel Moorhead.
MULLOCK’S IS an auctioneer famous for sales of historical documents. It is less known for books, but a ‘local’ rarity appeared in its February sale.
As your Saturday breakfast is comfortably consigned, one of the greatest sales ever held is continuing à toute vitesse at the Drouot auction house in Paris.
COTSWOLDS AUCTIONEERS Chorley’s offered a mahogany sideboard with an exemplary provenance two weeks ago – yet it remained unsold.
Silver does not necessarily have to be old to be considered for inclusion in an antiques sale.