April Fine Arts Auction from 10am on Monday and Tuesday.
The full catalogue for the two days is now online and the sale is packed with more than 1,200 lots, which will be split as follows:


Lots 1-396 Antique & Later Jewellery & Silver
Lots 401-640 Miscellaneous Collectables, Ceramics, Figurines etc


Lots 641-686 Musical Instruments
Lots 701-776 Textiles and Vintage Clothing
Lots 801-963 Coins, Stamps and Ephemera, Militaria, Alcohol, etc
Lots 1000-1088 Pictures
Lots 1100-1309 Antique and Vintage Furniture and Furnishings



How does a local vendor come to be selling the autographs of the Apollo 14 astronauts?

Well, it was all because of an unreliable Hillman Imp, which broke down in France and led to a dinner invitation in Paris where the astronauts were dining as part of their European tour in 1971.

An ex-Royal Aeronautical Society Draughtsman, the vendor recalls Jean-Claude Wanner inviting her to the dinner with the ‘Moon Men’ at the Pavillon Dauphine where the waiters were happy to share the wine that was left over after each course – the service was ‘informal’ by the end of the evening.

This intriguing lot (444A) includes the autographs of Al Shepard, Ed Mitchell, Stuart Roosa, Louise Shepard (Al’s wife) and Bill Lloyd (tour publicity manager). It is coming up as part of our April Fine Arts Auction on Monday 3rd.


Expert valuer, Ken Payne has picked his highlights from a very strong section of etc, which goes under the hammer on Tuesday 4th:

Lots 825, 826 & 827 – Ardbeg whisky (three lots of 22 year old single malt whisky, private bottling for Peter Nightingale from his cask of Ardbeg 1993, distilled October 1993, bottled December 2015)

Lot 849 – A very large Saw fish bill, said to be over hundred years old, 62′ long and sixty six teeth, two missing

Lot 894 – A brown hide Zulu long shield and Asegi short spear, said to be from Zulu war

Lot 916 – A World War I B.S.A. Co. 1915 SHT Lee rifle and bayonet with scabbard, rifle missing bolt action, (purchaser must have a firearms certificate)

Viewings on Friday afternoon (1-4pm) an extended viewing on Saturday (10am-2.30pm), and from 8.30am on both days. Bidding is in person, absentee, telephone or online.