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An extremely rare late 17th century doll, just 14cm in height, has sold in Tennants Auctioneers Antique and Vintage Costume, Textiles and Dolls Sale for £9,500 (plus buyer’s premium).

The little doll was made from carved wood, with painted face, inset glass eyes and wore a printed cotton dress. Despite having lost a hand and suffering minor wear and chips to her chin, she was in surprisingly good condition for her age. Six competing phone lines as well as internet bidders helped push the price of this modest-looking doll far above the £400-600 estimate.
The first part of the Arthur Blackborne Collection of Fine Antique Fans came under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on 23rd May. This extraordinary and historic collection garnered great interest amongst the fan collecting community, leading to many of the top lots exceeding expectations. Particularly notable in this sale was the number of international bidders, who totaled almost 40% of the buyers. However, the most competitive bidding came from buyers in the Far East for the strong selection of Chinese fans in the sale.
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. 
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