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‘Hidden gems’ are no longer so hidden, says Diggory Hadoke

‘Hidden gems’ are no longer as elusive as they once were and, as Diggory Hadoke explains, lots from the provincial auctions may be worth the gamble A surprising number of people seem to be buying guns unseen from provincial auctions

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Reaping the rewards with Diggory Hadoke

With the first auctions of the year looming, Diggory Hadoke reflects on the frustrations, tribulations and ultimate rewards of the auction circuit. As I write this in February is beginning to fade into memory, the weather is feeling pretty wintery

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The Viennese faults

Diggory Hadoke explores the possibility of European auction houses usurping classic British sales. An interesting letter appeared on my desk recently. It was from a European auction house and it was asking for consignments from the UK. The auction house

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Wild wild west Kensington

Holt’s have enjoyed big sales of late – and with a change of address and even more hammer action on the horizon, Jonathan Downs gathers for a Holt’s extravaganza.   Holt’s Blackheath, London – 13 December 2018      

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Setting the Standard

The major auction houses all had good pre-Christmas sales to round off 2018, from the intimate to the gargantuan. Beginning with Bonhams, who set the bar at the end of November, Jonathan Downs explores how the estimates fared Bonhams, Knightsbridge

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Point and Click

Social Media has altered the way we do everything. Even the gun trade, the steeped-in-history, grizzled, old, gun trade has bent a knee to the new king. Frequenters of Facebook will know that there are interest groups of all kinds

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Get With The Times

Auctions, in my opinion, offer different things to different people. I have been writing about the London gun auction scene in magazines, both at home and in the USA, since 2003. There have been some significant changes over those fifteen

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RBSS Welcomes Alastair Phillips

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School has announced the arrival of Alastair Phillips as Gunroom and Shop Manager in August. Alastair has over 15 years of experience in the industry and is recognised, throughout the industry, as having a fantastic and

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Big Guns Come Out

Diggory Hadoke reports on Southams’s Bedford debut and the latest fare on offer at Holts. Southams started May with a sale at their new premises near Bedford. I was curious to see how it looked. After an early start, and

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The Smell Of Success

With tensions for auction supremacy building between the US and UK, the latest rounds showed the state of the bidding arms race. Diggory Hadoke unearthed more… THE EARLY YEAR SHOWS IN THE USA SAW BRITISH AUCTIONEERS BACKING OFF in the

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