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Cherished Memories | Princess Diana’s Letters to a Lifelong Friend

Cherished Memories | Princess Diana’s Letters to a Lifelong Friend

More than a dozen letters and cards from Diana, Princess of Wales, to her family’s former housekeeper feature in our Out of the Ordinary sale on Tuesday 30 July. This remarkable collection offers a glimpse into the enduring bond between Diana and Violet Collison, spanning from Diana's early years to her time as Princess of Wales.

5 July 2024


The Journey of a Dame Lucie Rie Bowl | From Discovery to Record Sale

The Journey of a Dame Lucie Rie Bowl | From Discovery to Record Sale

When conducting the valuation of the late John and Collette Lewington's ceramics, we discovered a remarkable Dame Lucie Rie bowl hidden behind assorted cups. Initially estimated at £8,000-12,000, it sold for £32,500. This piece exemplifies Rie's iconic style, reflecting her journey from Austria to becoming a renowned figure in studio ceramics.

10 July 2024


Inside Christine Keeler's World

Inside Christine Keeler's World

From Prison Letters to Iconic Photos

A remarkable collection of Christine Keeler's personal letters and photographs is set to captivate bidders at our annual Out of The Ordinary sale on Tuesday 30 July. Offered by her friend James Birch, this archive provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the woman at the heart of the Profumo Affair, revealing her thoughts and experiences during one of the most scandalous periods in British history.

10 July 2024


Vistosi | From 16th Century Mastery to 20th Century Icons

Vistosi | From 16th Century Mastery to 20th Century Icons

Sworders are thrilled to have several works from one of Vistosi’s finest collaborators – Ettore Sottsass in our 9 July Design Auction. The man who established the Memphis Group, worked with several glassworks, including the famed Venini works.

4 July 2024


Auctioneers Picks | Design July 2024

Auctioneers Picks | Design July 2024

With over 300 lots, our July catalogue offers a great variety and something for everyone. Ahead of the sale, our team has chosen their favourites from the selection, which spans the Aesthetic Period to Contemporary Design.

27 June 2024


John Lewington | The Scholar, Athlete, and Ceramic Connoisseur

John Lewington | The Scholar, Athlete, and Ceramic Connoisseur

We are privileged to be offering pieces from John and Collette’s extraordinary and well kept collection in several of our forthcoming sales this summer season, including our July Design and Homes & Interiors sales, and Paint Print Sculpt in August.

26 June 2024


I Remember when Rock was Young…

I Remember when Rock was Young…

Iconic images, captured by acclaimed photographer David Bailey at Live Aid in 1985, feature in our Out of the Ordinary auction this summer. The 13 images, signed by the artists they depict, were those chosen at the time for a benefit auction. Each is from an edition of just three prints.

26 June 2024


The Diverse Female Representations in Old Master Paintings

The Diverse Female Representations in Old Master Paintings

As the gavel readies to strike at Sworders' upcoming Old Masters, British and European art auction, the canvases tell tales of feminine divinity, sanctity, virtue, elegance, and natural beauty. This collection offers a fascinating journey through the multifaceted representations of women, each portrayal a reflection of societal values and artistic sensibilities of the time.

21 June 2024


John Savident |  A Theatrical Life Beyond Coronation Street

John Savident | A Theatrical Life Beyond Coronation Street

Our 26 June Homes and Interiors includes a fine collection of theatrically themed works with a celebrity provenance. They come for sale from the family of the much-loved British actor John Savident (1937-2024) who played the character of Fred Elliot in Coronation Street for 12 years. 

20 June 2024


The Estate of Max Clendinning & Ralph Adron

The Estate of Max Clendinning & Ralph Adron

An Unbreakable Bond Forged in Creativity

Sworders Design department is delighted to present the extraordinary collection of Messrs Max Clendinning and Ralph Adron. Throughout their remarkable life together, they were both pivotal contributors to their respective fields of architecture, design and theatre. 

20 June 2024