EDINBURGH, on Wednesday, is the location and date of Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of fine furniture and works of art – but the talking point may be a small but exquisite collection of automatons assembled by The Who singer Roger Daltry and his wife Heather.
WILLIAM CALLAGHAN was one of the footballers of my boyhood who appeared on collectable bubble gum cards. He was, of course, a member of the great Dunfermline Athletic team of the 1960s which won the Scottish Cup.
AUCTIONEERS CHRISTIE’S were founded by Perth runaway James Christie in 1766 – so this venerable old institution can be excused for celebrating its 250th birthday. I fancy few firms nowadays make it to that vintage.
THE ACADEMIC collection of English coins assembled by Lord Stewartby over a long and very active lifetime is being dispersed by Spink in a series of auctions, with the final instalment due next month.
TODAY’S ITEM is as much a curio as a collectable – an early 20th century silver pendant in the form of a miniature hand mirror.
A near 10-times estimate bid was required to acquire the scary-looking harpoon (pictured) at Andrew Smith & Sons’ auction in Hampshire on July 16.
THE START of the Rio Olympics focuses auction attention on Olympic memorabilia.
MY OLD friend Hamish was already a great fan of veteran Dinky cars when this column sailed down the publishing slipway 25 years ago. So when I ran into him recently, a question rapidly on my lips was what had happened to his collection.
FOR SOME time I have been keen to show a work by Isaac Israels, a Dutch artist whose painterly career bridged the 19th and 20th Centuries.
ILLUSTRATED from a local private collection is a flimsy letter written by a VC hero and carried from the Somme battlefield 100 years ago – by a homing pigeon.