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How auctions are taking place while respecting social distancing

Auction houses in the UK have closed their premises to the public. Some have decided to continue to run their services remotely while respecting government guidance on social distancing.

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Five toy cars to collect if you are missing the joy of the open road

Thoughts of a long drive on the open road are not realistic for most of us right now, sadly, but you can indulge your love of cars in miniature versions thanks to the sale on April 6 held by Lewes auction house Wallis & Wallis.

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Sold on a rare Heuer chronograph, a monumental Lladró figure and a diving inkwell

From the thousands of lots that appear at auctions every week on, here we focus on three exceptional lots bought by online bidders in recent days.


Antique typewriters and office supplies puts new spin on working from home at online sale

Working from home is de riguer right now thanks to measures to contain the coronavirus – a good time to take a look at the wonderful selection of antique office equipment on offer online at Auction Team Breker via

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Sold on an early mah-jong set brings £3700

Most mah-jong sets at auction bring under £100. But earlier this month an online bidder paid many times that amount for a rare set spotted in Sheffield.

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Decorative arts go online at Lyon & Turnbull

Edinburgh and London firm Lyon & Turnbull is pressing ahead with an April sales schedule, holding its sale 'live online'.


A snapshot of the past: Highlights from Chiswick Auctions’ selection of affordable photographica

The coming weeks could be the perfect time to settle down with some old photo albums, so why not make them real classics?

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Sold on a society portrait by Ambrose McEvoy

An early 20th century portrait, in the family of the sitter since it was painted, sold to an online bidder for £35,000 earlier this month

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Stamp of approval: Books from assay office’s remarkable collection come to auction

A fascinating collection of books from The Birmingham Assay Office Library will be offered at auction tomorrow.