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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).  
A fascinating archive of prisoner of war memorabilia - which sheds light into life in Stalag 383 during the Second World War - is up for auction in Tennants Auctioneer’s Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on 28th March.

The archive was compiled by Bombardier Bernard W.T. Cockcroft R.A. during his internment in the Bavarian camp between 1942-1945, and comprises not only highly personal items such as family correspondence and his regimental and prisoner of war dog tags, but annotated and autographed theatre programmes, sports programmes, newsletters, and carol service programmes relating to events in this unusually liberal camp.
Two collections of Antiquarian Books exceeded expectations in Tennants Auctioneers’ Book Sale on 7th March, with each collection selling for just over £43,000 hammer price. Prices were strong and bidding was competitive throughout the sale, and a total hammer price of £122,920 and a 95% sold rate was achieved for the 235 lots offered.
A 17th century Needlework Casket is one of the rarest lots in Tennants Auctioneer’s Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March. Dating from c.1670, the rectangular box intricately decorated in raised stumpwork embroidery. Stumpwork is a style of embroidery in which the stitched elements are raised into a 3D design; particularly popular in England from 1650-1700, aristocratic young ladies would master the craft as part of their education. 
‘Girl with a Poke of Chips’, a striking mixed media painting by one of Scotland’s most popular 20th century artists, Joan Kathleen Eardley (1921-1963) - will be offered in Tennants Auctioneers’ Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March. Eardley is known for her powerful, expressive paintings of the gritty, the elemental, and the dilapidated in post-war Scotland.  Capturing contrasting sides of life, Eardley had two overriding areas of interest which produced her greatest works – the ragged children in Glasgow’s poverty stricken tenements, and the vast skies and roiling seas around the declining fishing village of Catterline, south of Aberdeen. 
A much needed touch of Caribbean heat and sunshine was injected into Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern and Contemporary Art Sale on 24th February, with a group of works by Llewellyn Xavier – one of the Caribbean’s best known contemporary artists. 
Tennants Auctioneers’ Spring Fine Art Sale on 17th March is set to include furnishings once part of Rounton Grange, North Yorkshire – the family home of Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert. Lots include carpets presented to Bell by King Faisal I of Iraq, and curtains designed for Rounton by William Morris.
Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern & Contemporary Art Sale on 24th February is set to include a further instalment of the Estate of Ilkley artist Marie Walker Last (1917-2017). The collection comprises paintings by Walker Last herself from throughout her career as well as paintings by her contemporaries such as Canadian artist William John Bertram Newcombe (1907-1969).
The sale of Coins, Tokens & Banknotes at Tennants Auctioneers on 7th February saw another rare ‘white glove’ sale with every lot sold. With over 300 lots, including ancient hammered coins, English and foreign milled coins, banknotes, tokens and medallions – the sale resulted in a total hammer price of £106,390. 
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