Rare first edition Harry Potter book up for auction could fetch £60,000

Rare first editions of J.K. Rowling’s first three Harry Potter books, a signed first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, and a complete set of signed A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the Pooh books are going up for auction.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first in Rowling’s boy wizard series, valued at between £40,000 and £60,000,…

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Scottish Colourist S.J. Peploe painting could fetch up to £300,000

A stand-out picture by Scottish Colourist S.J. Peploe could fetch up to £300,000 when it goes under the hammer  The painting, Still Life with Fruit and Flowers, depicts a cast of still life objects set against a vivid purple backdrop. It is on such bold works that Peploe’s leading reputation within twentieth century art history…

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John Duncan Fergussson: new exhibition opens on 150th anniversary of Scottish Colourist’s birth

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961), the longest-lived and most international of the pioneering group of artists known as the Scottish Colourists. To mark the occasion, fine art auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull has curated a special touring exhibition of Fergusson’s paintings and sculptures, A Scottish Colourist at…

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Calling Time: clock ticks on online charity auction of one-off watches

Lyon & Turnbull is set to auction off nine watches to help support cancer charity Maggie’s. The EveryWatch sale of original timepieces will take place online from 16-23 August.  It features watches specially created for the sale, and includes; Christopher Ward, Fears, Isotope, Sartory Billard, Paulin, Studio Underd0g, Bamford, William Wood and internationally renowned Glasgow-based…

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Archive belonging to King Edward VIII bodyguard could fetch £11,000

An archive belonging to the Scottish bodyguard of King Edward VIII could fetch £11,000 when it goes under the hammer. Edward became King in January 1936 before abdicating in December. He became the Duke of Windsor after his marriage to twice divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson, in France in June 1937. The Duke’s close police…

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Rare desk seal belonging to Sir Walter Scott sold for £14,000

A rare desk seal belonging to Sir Walter Scott has sold for nearly £14,000. The finely carved hand seal, set in lapis lazuli, gold and amethyst stones, is believed to date from his knighthood in 1820 and bears the writer’s family armorial.  It was sold for £13,860 by auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. The figure achieved…

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh trio goes under hammer

THREE items connected to legendary Glasgow designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh will go under the hammer next week. Lyon & Turnbull is selling a bedside cabinet, a watercolour, and an exhibition catalogue in Edinburgh on Wednesday. The bedside cabinet was built for the blue bedroom at Kate Cranston’s Hous’ Hill and is expected to fetch between…

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Elements festival shines light on gold, silver, and jewellery

THE Elements festival celebrating gold, silver, and jewellery opens in Edinburgh today. Fifty makers from Scotland and the rest of the UK will be selling designer gold, silver, and jewellery at a fair. This year’s festival also includes an exhibition of award-winning work from the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) Competition, which is being…

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