Bronze Viking die found by metal detectorist tops $19K at auction

Noonans Specialist in Coins and Artefacts Nigel Mills stated that the ancient bronze Viking die might have bene used to ornament the cheek guards of an iron helmet. Image courtesy of Noonans
An 11th-century bronze Viking die, discovered in a field in Norfolk, England by a metal detectorist, auctioned for a hammer price of £15,000 (about $19,300) on July 18. Image courtesy of Noonans, photo credit Jason Jones
An 11th-century bronze Viking die, discovered in January in a field in Norfolk, England by a metal detectorist, auctioned for a hammer price of £15,000 (about $19,300) on July 18. Image courtesy of Noonans, photo credit Jason Jones

LONDON – An 11th-century bronze Viking die that was discovered in a field in Norfolk, England by a metal detectorist achieved a hammer price of £15,000 (about $19,300) at the Noonans Mayfair auction house on July 18 in its Ancient Coins and Antiquities sale. It was bought by a collector in the UK.

Celtic fertility figure discovered by metal detectorist could score at auction

Paul Shepheard, who discovered the Celtic fertility figure in 2022 in a field in Haconby, England, poses with his metal detector and shovel. Image courtesy of Noonans, photo credit Paul Shepheard
Paul Shepheard, who discovered the Celtic fertility figure in 2022 in a field in Haconby, England, poses with his metal detector and shovel. Image courtesy of Noonans, photo credit Paul Shepheard

LONDON –  A Celtic fertility figure discovered last year in England by a metal detectorist will be offered at Noonans in a two-day sale of Ancient Coins and Antiquities on Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9 with an estimate of £800-£1,200 (about $962-$1,443).

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Medal for 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry sells for $180K

Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Archer Martin in 1952 for co-inventing partition chromatography, £150,000 (about $180,000). Image courtesy of Noonans
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Archer Martin in 1952 for co-inventing partition chromatography, £150,000 (about $180,000). Image courtesy of Noonans
Medal for Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Archer Martin in 1952 for co-inventing partition chromatography, £150,000 (about $180,000). Image courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – The Nobel Prize medal awarded to chemist Archer Martin in 1952 was sold by Noonans February 2 in an auction of Coins and Historical Medals for a hammer price of £150,000 (about $180,000). It was consigned by his family and was bought by a private collector in Europe, who was bidding via the telephone.

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Medal from Horatio Nelson’s Band of Brothers wins $123K at Noonans

Gold medal given to Captain Davidge Gould, one of the men from the group dubbed the “band of brothers” who fought alongside Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson against the naval forces of Napoleon, which sold for £100,000 (about $123,000) plus the buyer’s premium at Noonans on January 18. Image courtesy of Noonans
Gold medal given to Captain Davidge Gould, one of the men from the group dubbed the “band of brothers” who fought alongside Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson against the naval forces of Napoleon, which sold for £100,000 (about $123,000) plus the buyer’s premium at Noonans on January 18. Image courtesy of Noonans
Gold medal given to Captain Davidge Gould, one of the men from the group dubbed the “band of brothers” who fought alongside Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson against Napoleon, which sold for £100,000 (about $123,000) plus the buyer’s premium at Noonans on January 18. Image courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – The Battle of the Nile 1798 Post Captain’s Naval gold medal awarded to Davidge Gould, captain of the 74-gun H.M.S. Audacious and one of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson’s Band of Brothers who fought alongside him in that naval contest against Napoleon, was sold by Noonans in its auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria for a hammer price of £100,000 (about $123,000) on January 18. Estimated at £80,000-£100,000, it was bought online by a private collector.

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Medieval ring found in English field sells for $45K at Noonans

The Lady Brook medieval gold and diamond ring, £38,000 (about $45,000). Image courtesy of Noonans
The Lady Brook medieval gold and diamond ring, £38,000 (about $45,000). Image courtesy of Noonans
The Lady Brook medieval gold and diamond ring, £38,000 (about $45,000). Image courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – An exceptionally fine ring discovered by a metal-detectorist in an English field and  believed to be the wedding ring given by Sir Thomas Brook to his wife Lady Joan Brook for their marriage in 1388 sold at Noonans in its November 29 Jewellery and Watches auction for a hammer price of £38,000 (about $45,000). It was bought via a commission bid but saw interest on both the telephone and internet as well.

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Gorgeous medieval ring found in English pasture stars at Noonans, Nov. 29

The Lady Brook medieval gold and diamond ring, estimated at £30,000-£40,000. Image courtesy of Noonans

 

The Lady Brook medieval gold and diamond ring, estimated at £30,000-£40,000. Image courtesy of Noonans
The Lady Brook medieval gold and diamond ring, estimated at £30,000-£40,000. Image courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – In its Tuesday, November 29 Jewellery and Watches auction, Noonans will feature a spectacular medieval diamond ring a metal detectorist discovered in 2019 in an English pasture. Now known as the Lady Brook medieval diamond ring, it carries an estimate of £30,000-£40,000. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Noonans enjoys 100% sell-through rate at three Oct. 13 auctions

Manen era gold Oban Japanese coin, £14,000. Image courtesy of Noonans
Left, Manen era gold Oban Japanese coin, £14,000; center, penny dating to the reign of Alfred the Great, £20,000; right, Roman aureii from the reign of Galba, £15,000. Images courtesy of Noonans
Left, Manen era gold Oban Japanese coin, £14,000; center, penny dating to the reign of Alfred the Great, £20,000; right, Roman aureii from the reign of Galba, £15,000. Images courtesy of Noonans

LONDON – Almost 350 lots of coins were sold in three different auction sessions conducted by Noonans on Thursday, October 13. All three sessions were 100% sold, totaling a collective hammer price of £385,745.

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Bow Wow WOW: WWII hero dog’s archive earns record $155K

Portrait of War Dog Rob, which was included in the lot that achieved a hammer price of £140,000 (about $155,000) on October 12. The sum represents an auction world record for a P.S.D.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers
Portrait of War Dog Rob, which was included in the lot that achieved a hammer price of £140,000 (about $155,000) on October 12. The sum represents an auction world record for a P.S.D.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers
Portrait of War Dog Rob, which was included in the lot that achieved a hammer price of £140,000 (about $155,000) on October 12. The sum represents an auction world record for a P.D.S.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry. Courtesy Noonans and LiveAuctioneers

LONDON – The P.D.S.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry, otherwise known as the Victoria Cross for animals, and the R.S.P.C.A. Red Collar for Valour awarded to War Dog Rob for his gallantry and outstanding service during the Second World War, sold for a world record price of £140,000 (hammer) at Noonans on October 12 in an auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria. Bought by a new collector of British gallantry awards, it had been estimated at £20,000-£30,000. The entire proceeds of the lot’s sale will be given to the Taylor McNally Foundation.

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WWII parachuting hero canine’s medals to sell at Noonans, Oct. 12

P.D.S.A Dickin Medal for Gallantry earned by War Dog Rob for his service to Britain during World War II. It and an extensive archive on the extraordinary animal will be sold at Noonans on October 12 with an estimate of £20,000-£30,000. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers

P.D.S.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry earned by War Dog Rob for his service to Britain during World War II. It and an extensive archive on the extraordinary animal will be sold at Noonans on October 12, estimated at £20,000-£30,000. Courtesy Noonans and LiveAuctioneers

LONDON – The hugely emotive P.D.S.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry, otherwise known as the V.C. (Victoria Cross) for animals, and the R.S.P.C.A. Red Collar for Valour awarded to War Dog Rob for his outstanding service during the Second World War, during which he undertook 20 parachute descents while serving with Infantry in North Africa and the 2nd S.A.S. Regiment in Italy, will be auctioned by Noonans on Wednesday, October 12. It is a highlight lot in a sale of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria and is estimated at £20,000-£30,000. The proceeds will be given to the Taylor McNally Foundation. It is being sold with an extensive archive including Rob’s collar, a portrait painting, photographs, a certificate, manuscripts, books and letters. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Victoria Cross medal sells for record $1M at Noonans

Victoria Cross awarded to civilian Thomas Henry Kavanagh, $1.075 million. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers
Victoria Cross awarded to civilian Thomas Henry Kavanagh, $1.075 million. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers
Victoria Cross awarded to civilian Thomas Henry Kavanagh, $1.075 million. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers

LONDON – The famous Siege of Lucknow Victoria Cross (V.C.) awarded to Irishman Thomas Henry Kavanagh sold for a world-record price of £930,000 ($1.075 million) by Mayfair-based Auctioneers Noonans in a September 14 sale of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria. Bought by a collector, it was the first civilian V.C. of five to be awarded and was one of only two that is not currently in a museum. It had been estimated at £300,000-£400,000.

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