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New departments, hires and promotions – a round up of Movers and Shakers

14 September 2021

The latest jobs and expansion updates across the world of art and antiques.

Pocket size Pippa Dolls size up nicely at auction

16 August 2021

By the 1980s toy action figures were shrinking in size from GI Joe and Action Man proportions to the likes of Action Force and Star Wars.

Darth Vader and Green Cross Code Man - Dave Prowse collection comes to auction

21 April 2021

The collection of a giant of cinema is coming up at East Bristol Auctions: Dave Prowse (1935-2020), who played Darth Vader in Star Wars.

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Fountain pens: How the East and West signed up to a lucrative deal

08 February 2021

The 1920s deal between Ryosuke Namiki and Alfred Dunhill to make luxury pens for the Western market created some of the most collectable fountain pens.

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‘From a royal palace’ to family bathroom in Hull house

21 December 2020

Bristol auction house sells mirror with an intriguing link to Marie Antoinette

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Ingenious, but the Germans smelt a rat

14 December 2020

Always popular at auction, always great to write about – so no excuses needed for featuring a selection of the weird and wonderful Second World War spy and sabotage gadgets and ingenious escape devices which do appear often in sales.

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Obituary: Michael Barnes of East Bristol Auctions

30 November 2020

East Bristol Auctions is sad to announce the passing of Michael Barnes – much-loved porter, colleague and friend.

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'Gandhi' spectacles take £260,000 at Bristol auction

21 August 2020

A pair of spectacles, believed to have once belonged to Gandhi, were hammered down at £260,000 in Bristol (plus 21.6% buyer's premium inc VAT).

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Samplers thread their way from orphanage to auction

17 August 2020

Estimated at just £30-50, a late 19th century sampler sold via thesaleroom.com for £1850 at Wotton Auction Rooms (18% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire. A clue to the appeal is the inscription 'M Mountain, 5 Orphan House, Ashley Down, Bristol, 1879'.

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Did these spectacles to be auctioned in Bristol once belong to Mahatma Gandhi?

12 August 2020

A pair of glasses believed to have once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) are to be offered at auction in Bristol this month.

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Boots of football legend Tom Finney score at East Bristol Auctions

10 August 2020

The simple pair of leather football boots on offer at East Bristol Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) this summer was not as flash as today’s examples in all colours and emblazoned with all kinds of branding and personalised messages.

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Kenneth Grahame’s letter on the loss of his son sells in Bristol

20 July 2020

A letter in which Kenneth Grahame writes about the suicide of his son, Alastair, sold at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) for £1200.

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Actor Julian Glover's Star Wars badge of rank offered at East Bristol Auctions

20 July 2020

It’s admittedly not much to look at and just 2 x 3½in (5 x 8.5cm), but if you are a Star Wars collector this badge on offer estimated at £4000-6000 at East Bristol Auctions on July 24 means a great deal.

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American collector secures original Second World War RAF ensign flag

22 June 2020

An American collector bought this original Second World War RAF ensign flag at a recent East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Rare spy camera disguised as pocket watch from 1905 brings bidding battle between two museums

15 June 2020

A rare ‘pocket watch’ sold by East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was more surveillance device than timekeeper.

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A Catalonian gold coin, a Star Wars toy and a Victorian silhouette picture, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week

20 April 2020

With estimates from £100-2500 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Fab Four in ‘ballroom of the stars’

06 April 2020

One of the highlights of actor Peter Wyngarde’s estate sale held live, online-only at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) was a Beatles concert poster from 1963.

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Sense of occasion suits the Peter Wyngarde estate sale perfectly

31 March 2020

Peter Wyngarde would surely have appreciated the drama that accompanied the auction of his estate – held with the country in the grip of coronavirus.

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Flag signals 1945 victory

16 March 2020

This flag offered at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) carries inscriptions for HMS Swiftsure – British Pacific Fleet – 1945, and the Japanese cities Sasebo and Tokyo.

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Entertainment memorabilia previews from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London

17 February 2020

A selection of upcoming entertainment lots at auctions ranging from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London and Tommy Cooper in Stockport.

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