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First family of ice age giants offered at Summers Place Auctions

Mammoth ©Summers Place Auctions

West Sussex, UK - Summers Place Auctions 5th Evolution Sale on 21st November 2017 will consist of a male and a female mammoth, a teenage daughter and a one-year-old mammoth. Although the youngest of the group, it is t...

Removing UK laws on reuse of reclaimed building materials

London South West, UK - Changes to UK law during Brexit mean that an anomaly which has hampered and prevented the trade in reclaimed building materials since the 1980s can be rectified. The 1989 EU Construction Products D...

Modern design sale is called simply Design

Ingo Maurer Porca Miseria £118,750 [photo © Sotheby's

London West, UK - Inviting Tony Chambers of Wallpaper magazine for his curated picks, in the catalogue of Tuesday's modern design sale at Sotheby's Bond Street, was one cute piece of marketing; the other was naming the...

New life for Philly Cathedral salvage

Philly Cathedral Bell gong © ReHouse

Pennsylvania, USA - Like private homes and commercial buildings, houses of worship occasionally take on updates and restoration. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception had in the basement a collection of no longer u...

Did ancient Greeks know that lightning travels upwards?

Doublended thunderbolt held by Zeus [photo cc wikipedia

Greece - The earliest observations that lightning travels from the ground up, and not from the sky down, seem to have been made during the twentieth century. It was discovered (by whom?) that the negative disc...

Torpedo bottle hits the mark at Gaze bygones

St Ives lemonade egg or torpedo stoneware bottle £1,300 [photo © Gaze

Norfolk, UK - A rare 19th century 'Hamilton' stoneware torpedo, egg or bomb bottle impressed 'St Ives soda water and lemonade manufactory' one side and 'Stockers superior effervescing gingerade' on the other, 9ins ...

Water filter record for a miniature Doultons

Miniature water filter Doulton Lambeth £1,200 [credit BBR

South Yorkshire, UK - Top of four water filters in Saturday's BBR advertising sale was a c1880s miniature Doultons Patent Manganous Carbon Filter London with the royal arms, at just over six inches high overall, which rais...

Pair of stolen pigs returned to Calne by Ronsons

Two pigs by Richard Cowdy prior to the theft [photo cc Brian Marshall

Wiltshire, UK - A bronze group of two pigs on a domed disc, made by local sculptor Richard Cowdy in 1979 to illustrate the link between the town and the Harris Bacon company whose factories dominated the centre of Ca...

Lady McAlpine will be organising a fair at Fawley in 2018

Alfie at the fair field, Fawley Hill [photo © Salvo

Oxfordshire, UK - STOP PRESS! Joint statement from Salvo and Sir William and Lady McAlpine - - - - - - In the absence of Salvo Fair 2018, Lady McAlpine plans to organise a fair at Fawley. Salvo has decided to ta...

Fred G Johnson sideshow banner at upcoming bygones sale

Percy Pape sideshow banner [photo © TW Gaze

Norfolk, UK - Fred G. Johnson (1892-1990) painted sideshow banners for the O. Henry Tent and Awning Company in Chicago for 40 years from 1934-74. Apparently known as the 'Picasso' of circus art, Johnson designed ad...

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