Eduardo Paolozzi Sculpture at Auction


Paolozzi Sculpture 'SELF-PORTRAIT WITH A STRANGE MACHINEOne of the items to feature in Sworders ‘Modern British and 20th Century Art’ auction on November 21st is a bronze sculpture by 20th Century sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi. Standing 85cm high, the piece – entitled ‘Self Portrait with a Strange Machine’ – bears a resemblance to the full-sized plaster and polystyrene version that Paolozzi donated to the National Portrait Gallery in 1990.

Catalogue Description:
Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi RA (1924-2005)
Bronze, with ‘Morris Singer Foundry London’ stamp on back of right foot
85cm high

Estimate: £40,000-60,000

For more information, visit Sworders website.

Still Life

The expert packers at our sister company, Alban Cases, were recently commissioned by fine gin producers, Haymans Gin, to pack and transport their magnificent copper still (named ‘Marjorie’ after Christopher Hayman’s mother). Here are a selection of images detailing the process from start to finish.


Josef Lorenzl Art Deco figure at auction

Fine art auctioneers Sworders have a stunning Josef Lorenzl Art Deco figure coming up for sale as part of their 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Sale which takes place on Tuesday 10th October. The 45cm high figure, titled ‘Harem Dancer’, is signed to one foot, and stands on an onyx stand. The lot is estimated to fetch in the region of £5000-7000.

More details can be found on the Sworders website.

Rock & Pop Memorabilia at Gardiner Houlgate

The Beatles postcard

The Beatles postcardAs part of their much-anticipated Guitar Event on September 14th,  Gardiner Houlgate will be featuring a sale of rare rock and pop memorabilia – including the first guitar played in the UK by Jimi Hendrix! The sale will feature around 50 lots of items relating to the classic period of rock and roll. Amongst the photographs on offer, collectors and fans will have the chance to bid for be a full set of Beatles autographs on an early 1960s postcard.

Also on offer is a collection of Buddy Holly memorabilia from a local deceased estate. The 11 lots include a Lubbock high school handwritten English test, penned by the man himself, a 1958 UK tour souvenir programme and an original piece of the famous Surf Ballroom carpet!

The full illustrated listings can be found on the websites and

The Harvey Hope Collection for Sale at Gardiner Houlgate

Guitars from the Harvey Hope collection

Guitars from the Harvey Hope collectionA selection of fine & rare Antique guitars from the estate of the late Harvey Hope are to be sold through Bath Auction House, Gardiner and Houlgate.

Harvey, an accomplished player and teacher of Baroque guitar, accumulated the collection throughout the course of his distinguished career. The instruments on offer include

  • A 1684 guitar by Jean Voboam
  • A 1675 guitar by Alexander Voboam
  • A guitar by Georg Stauffer, circa 1820
  • A 1791 12 string guitar by Juan Pages, Cadiz
  • A 1770 12 string guitar by Francisco Sanguino, Sevilla
  • An 18th Century 15 String guitar battante
  • A 1796 guitar by Battista Fabricatore
  • A 1973 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar
  • A 1937 Gibson L5 guitar
  • A 1950s Gibson ES175 guitar

The instruments will be offered in our Gardiner Houlgate’s specialist auction of antique and later musical instruments on Friday 15th September. More details on the Gardiner and Houlgate website.

Looking for that traditional gift?

Antique Rocking Horse

Antique Rocking HorseJacobs & Hunt’s auction on Friday 23rd June is selling a painted dapple grey rocking horse with flowing mane and leather saddle, with an estimated value of between £200-£300. If you want to find out more about this and other items for sale in their Antique & Fine Art Auction, please click on

Fine Paintings Auctions at John Nicholson’s


PaintingJohn Nicholson’s forthcoming auction of Fine paintings on 28th June will include this George Augustus Williams (1814-1901) British. “Summer Showers, Rochester”, a very atmospheric Beach Scene with a Girl and her Dog, Figures Loading Hay onto a Boat, with Rochester Harbour in the Distance, Oil on Canvas, Signed with Initials and Dated 1861, 34″ x 60″. Provenance; Frost and Reed, No. 32474.    The estimated value is £6,000-£8,000.  To find out more about this painting and other lots for sale, please view

A Hermes Taurillon Clemence Bag

Shoulder bag

Shoulder bagAn unusual Hermes Taurillon Clemence two coloured shoulder bag, with shoulder strap is available for sale at Golding & Young’s Grantham Collective Sale on 7th June.  The bag is 26cm wide and is sold with an outer box, outer pouch and bag, complete with inlay card and further paperwork. The estimated value is £3,500 – £4,500.  To find out more about this item and any other forthcoming auctions, please visit

Monumental Pilkington’s Lancastrian Vase

Pilkington vase
Pilkington vaseAn important Pilkington’s Lancastrian vase by Gordon Forsyth, dated 1913, possibly made for an exhibition, is available to buy at Woolley & Wallis’s Arts & Crafts Auction on 21 June, with an estimated value of between £3,000 and £5,000.  It is thought that the vase was originally commissioned by Charles Pilkington, (founder of the Pilkington Company) and given to his son Edward Fielden Pilkington.
To find out more about this particular auction and any other forthcoming auctions, please click here.

Rare Rolex sold at Auction

Rare Rolex watch

Rare Rolex watchSuccess at the recent watch auction at Gardiner Houlgate made news in the Daily Mail when a rare Rolex sold for £135,000. The 3-6-9 Explorer was produced in small numbers in the 1950’s and 1960’s and was worth £1,200 in 1989. Gardiner Houlgate are proud to confirm that they have sold four of these rare watches in the past 12 months following sales publicity within the specialist watch auctions.

Read about it here.