Better By Design

William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924) was not just a designer and manufacturer of brass and copper lighting and other household objects. As demonstrated by the rare, museum-quality side cabinet on offer at Sworders’ 20th Century Design sale in Stanstead Mountfitchet on January 29, he was also a designer of furniture.

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The Goodies ‘Trandem’ three-seater bike up for Auction

The Goodies ‘Trandem’ three-seater bike up for Auction at Ewbank's 4th October sale.

The three-seater ‘trandem’ bike used by the much-loved comedy trio, The Goodies, in the 1980s, is going under the hammer at Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house.

The blue bike, which carries a guide price between £1,000 and £1,500, was last incarnation of the vehicle used by The Goodies – Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden - when their programme switched from BBC to ITV.

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Rare Oil by Royal favourite Edward Seago could make up to £30,000

A scarce 1953 oil on canvas by Edward Seago that shows Piccadilly and the Ritz Hotel at Coronation time, is to be auctioned at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12th with estimate of £20,000-30,000

The oil on canvas was painted by Edward Seago (1910-1974), who was selected as an official artist for the Coronation in 1953 because of Queen Elizabeth’s fondness for his work.

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Iconic Movie Posters to go under the Hammer

Ewbank’s, the UK’s leading auction house for movie posters, has added an auction dedicated to them on 2nd August due to unprecedented demand. Alastair McCrea, Ewbank’s entertainment memorabilia specialist, explains: “We’ve had a record year selling movie posters in terms of both their quality and quantity. As a result, more and more sellers are entrusting us with their collections, which in turn is attracting increasing interest from buyers.”

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Titanic Medal to be auctioned on 1st August.

The Titanic set sail from Southampton at 12pm on 10th April 1912, and via Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, was due to arrive in New York on 17 April. 400 miles off the Newfoundland coast, at 11.40pm (ship's time), the Titanic hit an iceberg, four days into her journey. Two hours and forty minutes later the ship had sunk with over half of her passengers and crew still aboard.

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