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.Read More
After a successful first themed auction of this kind, Summers Place Auctions will hold the second ‘Conversation Pieces’ auction on 20th and 21st March in Billingshurst, Sussex, and it promises to include even more unusual and top-quality pieces than before.Read More
When John and Patricia McKenzie began collecting vesta cases in the 1960s, they could not have anticipated that they would eventually acquire over 2500 of the desirable little match holders. After half a century of keen buying (and having sold the first half of the collection last January at Lawrences), the second half of the collection went under the hammer at Lawrences in Crewkerne recently and met with keen enthusiasm from a new generation of devotees.Read More
When Albert Reginald Dicks came home from a career with the Indian Forestry Commission, he brought with him his young East End-born wife Dolly, two young sons and, among his personal possessions, a leopard skin rug and a tiger skin rug as mementos of their time serving there under the British Raj.Read More
This June saw Summers Place Auctions' first auction with a focus on Tribal Art & Travel take place on the 13th & 14th June 2017. The Billingshurst-based auctioneers have been including the occasional lots of tribal art in the past, but this was the first time the auction house included various collections in the auction and made it its focus.Read More
The booze flowed in a sale at fine art auctioneers Peter Wilson…but not a drop was drunk. This was fine “Midlelton Very Rare Irish Whiskey” and the 30 bottles that passed under the hammer in last week’s two-day sale were purchased purely for investment purposes.
The purchaser was appropriately an Irish man who had travelled to the Nantwich, Cheshire, saleroom, while a Bolton buyer bidding on the internet secured rare bottles of St George’s Distillery Whisky and American Bourbon retailed by the English Whisky Co.Read More