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Alfred Reginald Thompson, ‘First Time at The Box,’ £22,100

US bidder wins Margaret Thatcher painting at Sworders auction

 Alfred Reginald Thompson, ‘First Time at The Box,’ £22,100


Alfred Reginald Thompson, ‘First Time at The Box,’ £22,100

STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, U.K. – An oil painting of Britain’s first female prime minister addressing the House of Commons for the first time sold at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on October 4 for £22,100. The buyer and underbidder were both based in America, bidding via the telephone.

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Swan Mark Registers of Owners, two volumes, both dating to the 16th century, est. £8,000-£16,000

Tudor-era swan-keeping book to take flight at Sworders, Aug. 23

Swan Mark Registers of Owners, two volumes, both dating to the 16th century, est. £8,000-£16,000

Swan Mark Registers of Owners, two volumes, both dating to the 16th century, est. £8,000-£16,000

STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, U.K. –  A Tudor manuscript designed to help with swan-keeping in the era when mute swans were owned by the English crown comes to auction in the summer. The two-volume manuscript in Sworders’ August 23 sale of Books and Maps was used from the 16th to the 19th century by landowners in Norfolk and Suffolk. This example, consigned from the estate of Cambridgeshire antiques dealer Peter Croft (1924-2001), is estimated at £8,000-£16,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A tiny, centuries-old Buddhist bronze figure created in northeastern India sold for £273,000 (about $343,800) on May 13. Image courtesy of Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers

Tiny, ancient Buddhist bronze claims $343K at Sworders

A tiny, centuries-old Buddhist bronze figure created in northeastern India sold for £273,000 (about $343,800) on May 13. Image courtesy of Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers


A tiny, centuries-old Buddhist bronze figure created in northeastern India sold for £273,000 (about $343,800) on May 13. Image courtesy of Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers

STANSTED MOUNTFICHET, UK – A 900-year-old bronze figure of a Buddhist deity smashed all expectations to bring £273,000 (about US$343,800) during an Asian art sale at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on May 13. The diminutive figure of the four-faced, eight-armed goddess Amoghapasa (a name that means wisdom giver) had been consigned from a private source with modest hopes. The Buddha was found in the bottom of a box of miscellaneous metalware by Sworders Asian art specialist Yexue Li. The seller, who was described as “shell-shocked,” has subsequently invited specialists back to their house to look through further items.

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English lighting dealer’s collection glows at Sworders, April 21

Baltic gilt-bronze and cut-glass chandelier, est. £800-£1,200

Baltic gilt-bronze and cut-glass chandelier, est. £800-£1,200

STANSTED MOUNTFICHET, UK – On April 21, Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers will hold a sale titled Let There be Light – The Christopher Butterworth Collection, featuring 250 lots ranging in price from £250 to £5,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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James Pickup appointed to Sworders’ board of directors

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers has appointed James Pickup to the Sworders Board of Directors, effective as of January 1. He joined the auction house in 2015. Image courtesy of Sworders

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers has appointed James Pickup to the Sworders Board of Directors, effective as of January 1. He joined the auction house in 2015. Image courtesy of Sworders

STANSTED MOUNTFICHET, UK – Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers has appointed James Pickup to the Sworders Board of Directors, effective January 1. Pickup’s appointment brings the total number of board directors up to five.

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