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Summers Place Auctions’ combined Garden Statuary and Natural History Autumn sale took place in Billingshurst, West Sussex on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 and saw contemporary sculpture doing particularly well.

Among the more traditional lots, a rare Coadestone armorial for the Founders Company, stamped “Coade and Sealy, Lambeth, 1800” sold for £7,500. It was most probably removed from the facade of the Founders Hall in London, and we are pleased to announce that it has been bought by the Founders Company to return to their London hall.

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The Vintage Magazine congratulates its Business Member, The Ridgeway Group, on acquiring Hartwell’s Land Rover dealership in Oxford.

 The Ridgeway Group has made its first foray into the Land Rover brand by acquiring the Land Rover site located in Cumnor, Oxford from Hartwell PLC for an undisclosed sum.

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Range Rover Evoque

The Vintage Magazine congratulates Ayesha Vardag and her team at Vardags for being awarded Law Firm of the Year (London) and any readers who would like to find out more about Britain’s top divorce lawyer can do so at our Business and Finance section  under the sub heading of Legal Eagles.

The Vintage Magazine is very proud that one of our Business Members has won such a prestigious award.

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Ayesha Vardag

Yacht Charter – The Ultimate Luxury

What could be better than chartering a luxury yacht to take your family and/or friends on a cruise to some of the most beautiful places on earth, during which you will be looked after by a professional crew who will cater for your every need?

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Burgess Yachts to charter Summer2013


Gavin Gardiner Ltd’s first auction of 2013 of Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns and Rifles saw a historically and internationally significant rare “Russian Purdey”, that was presented to British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan by Russian President Nikita Krushchev on the occasion of MacMillan’s Historic 1959 State Visit to Russia – one of the key points in the Cold War – sell for £21,600 to a collector, who was bidding on the telephone. The auction took place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London. Remaining in a new unfired condition and with presentation inscription in a gold plaque, the 12-bore gun was made to Purdey specifications by the Tula State Armoury and carried an estimate of £20,000 and £30,000.

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April 2013 Sale 'Russian' Purdey MacMillan and Kruschev Gun

The Vintage Magazine is pleased to bring you the first in a series of Newsletters from our business member, Devonshire Wealth Management.

THE VIEW – From Devonshire Wealth Management and our associates in Discretionary Fund Management

For more information please contact: Devonshire Wealth Management, 76 New Cavendish Street,  London W1G 9TB. or call 020 76370666

2012 was a good year for risk assets, all things considered, but what is in store for 2013?

The “Fiscal Cliff” was the most pressing issue facing the markets at year end and remains a key consideration in January.  We do need to consider the implications of this “deal” before analysing potential market returns in the year ahead.
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DWM Brass Plaque

Constable, Gainsborough, Turner: The Making of British Landscape

At the Royal Academy

8 December 2012  – 17 February 2013

Aside from its blockbuster, coffer-filling exhibitions, the RA often offers little stocking-filler exhibitions – usually small, low-budget, bijou shows, drawn from their own collection.

Now that the surprisingly successful Bronzes exhibition has finished and before they open their next big blockbuster, Manet’s Portraits (26 January – 14 April), they have a charming, if slightly academic, exhibition in the opulently gilded John Madekski Rooms and two adjacent rooms. All the works come from the RA’s own collection, though they have never been shown together and many are little known.
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John Constable The Leaping Horse

The Vintage Magazine welcomes the distinguished explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell as a regular contributor.

This is the first in a series of anecdotes and other stories from the career of one of Britain’s best loved explorers.


by John Blashford-Snell

Thanks to my Godfather, who had entertained His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie during his exile in Britain following the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, I was privileged to meet the Emperor on a number of occasions.
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Haille Selassie being presented with Lulette