• 30
    Jul

The Collector’s Minute: Australian Aboriginal Shield

As an appraiser, one sometimes comes across some wonderful things among the average bric-a-brac most of us have stashed in our homes; things that are often so far removed from the everyday items we have, we have no idea as to their origin or potential value and have to call in a specialist. The piece […]

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  • 6
    Apr

Licensed to Loot

On 9 April 2008, Sotheby’s are auctioning a Sikh armour plate in their ‘Arts of the Islamic World’ sale. It is just one artifact of many in the category, but the one that has caused the most stir, mainly for religious reasons more than heritage ones.

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  • 5
    Apr

The Sikh Armour and the Auction House

Last week I read about Sotheby’s upcoming auction on 9 April 2008, where up for sale is Lot No. 269, “A Rare Sikh Steel Armour Plate, North West India/Pakistan, 18th Century” that might have once belonged to the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh (1675-1708).

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