Rhino Auction

It’s not often we see a high profile news story that is related to Auctions, but in the last week a permit to both hunt and kill a Black Rhino has been sold at auction in America. The Black rhino permit which is for the country of Namibia sold for £212,000. It’s been justified because they say that the rhino in question is very aggressive and that by killing it, the future of the species will be improved and that the act will in fact help conservation efforts. Regardless of that the auction has been criticised across the world with thousands filling in petitions to try and stop what some term a ‘barbaric act’ from taking place against what is already an endangered species. Namibia houses around 5,000 of the 15,000 black rhino in existence and releases one hunting permit per year. More...

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Happy New Year

Now that we are well into the new year all of the team at Boningtons would like to wish all of our customers, past, present and future a prosperous 2014. Whatever your hopes for this year, whatever resolutions you have made remember that it's the small consistent changes that make a difference. Think about little things you can do to make the biggest impact. Whether it's forgoing the sugar in your tea, walking to work instead of driving or committing to saving a set amount each month. Make them part of your daily life and they will soon become part of your routine, once a habit is formed it's easy to keep with it. More...

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The Allure of Vintage Clothing

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE In these days where we are all encouraged to re-use and recycle what better way is there to do just that than to become a collector, and wearer of vintage clothing. Vintage clothing has become extremely popular lately and it’s certainly not only about saving money, many people pay a considerable sum for some these items, much more than they would pay for something from one of the budget clothing superstores. So what’s the allure of vintage clothing? More...

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North London Auctions

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Everybody loves a bargain, these days it has become a necessity of almost national sporting proportions for many people, and what better place to find a bargain that at an auction? It doesn’t matter whether you want some fine arts, fabulous antiques, used cars (be careful, what you see is what you get so you’d better check them over carefully) or recovered items from the Police, even property – somewhere in North London you’ll be able to find an auction selling whatever you’re looking for.   General Auctions sell everything, yes, even the kitchen sink on some occasions. More...

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Sale Review: Fine Art, Antiques and Asian Works of Art

Wednesday 13th November 2013 Fine Art sales at Boningtons Auctioneers are always hotly anticipated but some stunning prices achieved on Wednesday 13th November 2013 ensured that last week’s sale was one to remember. There were some notable results amongst the opening lots alone. An elegant Wedgwood fruit bowl by the much sought after designer Daisy Makeig Jones (1881-1945) achieved £900 despite its condition whilst some very unusual works also realised strong prices including two cased human skeleton teaching aids (£700) and a deck of erotic hold to light transformation cards (£700). More...

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Collecting War Memorabilia

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE War Memorabilia, otherwise known as military memorabilia is a very general term which covers a wide range of collectables. Just about anything which is related to past wars or the history of the military is deemed to be fair game when collecting war memorabilia. Many avid collectors do try to limit their collections and focus on particular items or types of items. Some of the main categories include items of uniform and regalia; Field uniforms are extremely popular with many collectors of war memorabilia to include a wide range of equipment which was used in the field also. We’re talking helmets, straps, belts, caps, canteens and other pieces of military field equipment. More...

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Keeping your Antique Gun Collections Safe

In the war on gun crime the UK police are doing a very good job at restricting the number of guns that criminals can get their hands on, but what this means is that because they are so scarce some are resorting to re-commissioning antique guns. There have been more and more cases where antique guns have been used in crimes across the UK and so it’s now more important than ever to make sure you keep your collection safe. If you have a large collection of antique guns then you may be a target. Often criminals will re-commission these weapons and then make homemade bullets because the real thing is in such short supply. Whilst it’s worrying, we still need to remember that shootings are thankfully rare in the UK. More...

Sale Review: Interiors Sale, Monday 5th August

For many the summer months are a time for rest and relaxation but it was full steam ahead at Boningtons auctioneers where a 300 lot sale saw some strong prices achieved across the diverse range of items on offer – many selling to internet buyers who were perhaps bidding live from holiday destinations around the world! The sale got off to a dazzling start with Lot 11, a 1.15ct diamond solitaire, attracting bids from a number of buyers, before eventually selling within the room for £1300, within its £1200-1500 estimate. More...

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Sale Review: Interiors Sale, Monday 22nd July

The sweltering heat did not deter collectors from across the country from visiting Boningtons’ Essex saleroom ahead of its Interiors auction on 22nd July. The reason: there was some equally hot property going under the hammer, not least a fine late Victorian concertina by Charles Jeffries of London. The 37 button example proved music to the ears of a number of collectors, eventually selling to a telephone bidder for an impressive £2800. More...

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Old Court House Delivers Positive Verdict

Boningtons’ buyers have recently been treated to several significant sales of specialist art and antiques. The May sale of the Frank Phillips Collection and June Fine Art auction both included some extremely important lots which duly achieved some impressive prices. The start of July saw yet another offering of premium antiques with the residual contents of the Old Court House, Waltham Abbey, going under the hammer alongside various other notable consignments. The result was an extremely fine selection of furniture, silver, clocks, pictures much more which attracted interest from collectors across the country and beyond. More...

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