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A very rare gold and enamel ring made in memory of Lord Byron after his death in 1824 is set to come under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers, North Yorkshire this summer. There are only two other known examples of Lord Byron memorial rings of this type, all of which were made by Charles Rawlings of London; contemporary accounts suggest that these rings were associated with Byron’s family and close friends. One of the other rings is held in the Pforzheimer Collection in the New York Public Library; the other ring, which was sold at auction in 2013, contained a lock of Byron’s hair. 
Tennants’ sale of Motor Vehicles and Automobilia on 13th May attracted a record turn-out of motoring enthusiasts to watch nearly three hundred lots go under the hammer. With lots ranging from collectable vintage car badges selling for £40 to fine motors – there was something for everyone in the sale.
A set of six specimen banknotes from Burma have smashed the house record for a Coins & Banknotes sale at Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire, selling for a hammer price of £64,000. Interest was expected in the notes, but after extremely competitive bidding from around the world the lot was finally sold to a bidder in the room, who had flown in from the United States for the sale. 
A turn of the century sampler, embroidered in simple red cotton on plain linen, has brought back to life the story of a family of orphans from the North East of England, and an extraordinary orphanage built on prayer.
An extraordinary collection of animal skulls is coming under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on 6th July, assembled over many years by Yorkshire pathologist Ellis Tinsley. Represented in the collection are a wide variety of captive-bred species from an African White Pelican to a Californian Sea Lion and examples of native species such as woodpeckers, polecats and even domestic dogs. All specimens died of natural causes. 
An extraordinary collection of over four hundred antique fans is being sold by the descendants of Arthur Blackborne in two single-owner sales at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn. Part I of the collection will be sold on 23rd May, and Part II on 25th July. 
The Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on 28th March saw strong prices for ethnographica from the south seas, with a late 19th/early 20th century Samoan war club selling for £1,300 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £180-250, and a group of Australian Aboriginal items including a 18th century throwing club selling for £950 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £300-400. 
Tennants Auctioneers’ Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March got off to a flying start with a strong selection of 20th century paintings selling to a packed saleroom.  Popular northern artists such as Norman Cornish, Brian Shields ‘Braaq’ and Peter Brook sold confidently, as did a group of prints after Laurence Stephen Lowry. 
Despite the less than seasonal snow and ice, bidders’ flocked to Tennants Auctioneers’ Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March; a very busy saleroom and lively atmosphere resulted in strong bidding and high prices achieved across all disciplines. 
A fully restored original example of the 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Tourer is coming up for sale in Tennants Auctioneers’ Vintage Motor Vehicle sale on 13th May, with an estimate of £700,000-1,000,000 (plus 10% buyer’s premium + VAT).  
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