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Antiques Roadshow: 'You've ruined it!' Guest shocked as expert exposes DEVASTATING loss #AntiquesRoadshow," a fourth wrote. In last weeks Antiques Roadshow another guest suffered a loss when expert John Benjamin was presented with a small ring, which was created by Grima. He revealed the ring had had its huge diamond from the middle taken out and replaced with a cheaper cut.

Antique Dealer Hunting in Prague I took a break from research and had a long weekend in Prague a couple of weeks ago - well I say I took a break from research, but it seems I must have packed 'research' in my bag, because when I got to Prague I ended up doing more 'research' on 20th century antique dealers based in Prague!

Early Baseball prints The widely told story that baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in 1839 has been debunked for some time. The first known mention of ba…

The North American Indian works in New York sale A complete copy of the seminal works The North American Indian by Edward S Curtis is set to sell at Swann Auction Galleries in New York next month.

Junk shop Carlo Bugatti throne chair in line for thousands An ornate chair bought from a junk shop forty years ago for just £20 has turned out to be a rare Carlo Bugatti throne chair. The chair could now be worth up to £5,000 when it goes under the hammer in Essex next month.

Strong demand in Suffolk auctioneers recent sale Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales' recent Coins and Collectables sale saw strong demand, according to the auction house. Daniel Daley, Managing Director of Lockdales commented after the sale, "We had some lively bidding in our recent coins and collectables sales, with international interest.

London Fashion Week Special: Bring on the Bows ! Models walk the catwalk at London Fashion Week 2018 for Emilia Wickstead and Erdem Last week at London Fashion Week…

Antiques Trade Talks - James Tierney of the Vintage Barn James Tierney is the co-owner of Liverpool-based antique and vintage warehouse, the Vintage Barn. The shop specialises in a variety of antique furniture, alongside vintage interior furnishings. What areas / items are currently selling well?

Antiques: Scent bottle is a real catch Q: My great uncle, born in 1874 was the keeper of this bottle which he kept in a curio cabinet in my childhood. It might have belonged to another relative who worked in the china department of Woolworths from 1910-1930. Is it possible that such an item would be sold at Woolworths?

Art deco gold evening bag could sparkle in Derbyshire An art deco gold evening bag that had lain in a Welsh garage for years could offer two sisters a windfall of thousands in a Derbyshire sale.

James Bond Rolex could make a killing in Birmingham A James Bond Rolex Submariner with connections to the historic movie franchise could sell for as much as £90,000 when it goes under the hammer in Birmingham next month. The timepiece, with a reference 5513, was worn by a stunt double for Timothy Dalton's Bond during filming of the 1989 spy thriller, Licence to Kill.

Modern art painting in Dorset saleroom A large example of modern art by the Dorset based painter Fernando Velazquez is to go under the hammer in a county saleroom next month. Charterhouse Auctions will sell the painting, entitled Sodalis in its two-day auction on October 18 and 19.

Boxing memorabilia packs a punch in world of antiques Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn pulls no punches when looking at this area of sporting nostalgia… As undefeated British champion Anthony Joshua defends his World Heavyweight titles against Russian former Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin this Saturday at Wembley, today's feature is boxing gloves.

Jarvis Cocker and Bez wreck BBC antiques show with anarchic tactics The Pulp frontman and their keyboardist Candida Doyle are set to go head-to-head with Bez, real name Mark Berry, and his Mondays bandmate Rowetta Idah for a special BBC Music Day episode of the programme later this month.

Decapitated dog's head shocks Antiques Roadshow viewers during Leicester episode What can I say?" The last criminal to be hanged in the city was John Reynolds, on November 17, 1953, for murdering a schoolgirl. Capital punishment was outlawed in England in 1965. Dog lovers watching took to Twitter to express their surprise. A Twitter user called Tracy said: "Well that was a hideous end antiques roadshow!

Popular Bridgnorth antiques dealer Philip Ridgway dies after short illness "He was popular at all the salerooms he dealt with and was extremely well regarded for his wealth of knowledge," said John Ridgway, Philip's brother. He added: "Philip stepped in to help me when our brother Denis sadly passed away in 2015 and he has played a key role in managing and developing our businesses.

An Original 1960s Hille 'Hillestak' Furniture Catalogue As you'll see, the designs covered include the legendary Hillestak and the Q-Stak range, both designed by Robin Day, and the DSS chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames. All pieces were retailed by the department store Dunn's in Bromley, Kent. Enjoy!

Vintage watches set the right example in our throw-away society Heirloom watches are being lifted from their dusty boxes and brought back to life. It is refreshing to see a culture of repair and restoration, such as that firmly embedded in the watch business. We need more of this to combat the collective throw-away mentality.

Antiques Roadshow horror as Fiona Bruce holds up dead dog's head When it comes to surprises on the Antiques Roadshow, any shock value is usually associated with the unexpected price of someone's heirloom.

Kiowa drawings of captivity bring $396,500 DALLAS - A Kiowa warrior's book of drawings documenting his captivity by the U.S. Army in 1875 sold for $396,500 in Heritage Auctions' June 26 Ethnographic Art Auction, pushing the sale to more than $1 million.

Antiques Column: A spectacle of costume jewellery She began her own design company in 1957 but it wasn't until the mid-1960s that she experimented with rhodoid and in 1965 started making buttons. By the end of the 1960s she had branched out from buttons to brooches and further improved her technique, with the help of her husband, chemist Fernand Steinberger.

Fine art, antiques, rare spirits? Not at this Hong Kong auction: broken toys, old electrical goods and surplus equipment all go on the block in govern Although famous for its luxury auctions of fine art, antiques and rare spirits, the city's most regular auction is held by the Government Logistics Department.

Antiques Roadshow: 'That's not nice!' Fiona Bruce horrified by dead dog's head in suitcase Tonight's instalment of Antiques Roadshow ended with host Fiona Bruce being presented with a suitcase which held the "oddest item" from the show. She explained: "The prize for the oddest item of the day, I'm told in this suitcase. "I've not seen it before, I'm going to see it with you.

Antiques Roadshow: 'They've destroyed it' Expert distraught as he exposes HUGE loss On tonight's Antiques Roadshow, expert John Benjamin was presented with a small ring, which was created by Grima. He appeared very excited by the jewellery and probed its owner over how he found the item. However, he later revealed that the ring had been "destroyed" before delivering some devastating news.

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