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Keep Calm and Don’t Worry about the Price

The “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was designed by the UK Ministry of Information in 1939 to represent a message from King George VI to try to prevent widespread panic in the face of a possible German invasion. It has now gone on sale at Manning Fine Arts in London.  Continue Reading »

Provenance Adds $40 million to the Value of a Bed

Dismantled pieces of a carved four-poster bed, which had been left in a Chester hotel car park, were sold online in 2010 for £2,200 ($au4,500) as a 19th century revival. The buyer, a specialist dealer in four-poster beds suspected that it was older and contacted TV historian Dr Jonathan Foyle who arranged DNA testing. The […]  Continue Reading »

Monster Poster Price

A poster for the 1931 “Frankenstein” movie, starring Boris Karloff, has been sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas for  $262,900 ($au338,000) – a new record for an insert movie poster. (Insert posters are printed on card stock and designed to be inserted into display cases in movie theaters.) The poster is 35 centimetres wide and 91 […]  Continue Reading »

High Prices for Corkscrews

Until now, only one example of a Charles Osborne corkscrew was known. In November, another version appeared on French eBay. It sold for €22,410 ($au 31,000). The next day, a second Osborne corkscrew appeared.  Continue Reading »

Record Price for Pocket Watch

A gold pocket watch made by Patek Philippe for Henry Graves, a New York banker, in 1933 has sold for a record $27 million at auction in Geneva. The previous record, set 15 years ago, was $12 million.  Continue Reading »

Record Price for Ch’ing Vase Despite Repairs

A Ch’ing Dynasty vase has been sold at auction in New England for $us24,723,000 – the highest price ever paid in the United States fr a Ch’ing vase.  Continue Reading »

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