'A Positive View', a glitzy see-and-be- seen gala charity auction of 150 photographs donated by famous snappers (sparks flew when some were rejected), is at Sotheby's Wednesday (7.30pm).
A magnificent, hitherto-unknown collection of 232 original watercolours commissioned by John Gould for his five-volume The Birds of Great Britain, published 1862-73, is at Christie's, Tuesday (2.30pm). Work by Richter, Hart and Wolf; estimates from pounds 200 to pounds 15,000.
The Oriental sale at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday (10.30am), is a reminder that antiquities need not be expensive. Two rustic-looking green glazed jars from the Han dynasty (206BC- AD220) - one 9in tall, granary-shaped, the other 5in, globular with animal motifs - are est pounds 300- pounds 400 and pounds 200- pounds 300.
Scientific instrument sales, last week offering fossilised animal dung, are still full of the unexpected. Sotheby's sale, Friday (10.30am) has two 19th-century narwhal tusks. The pounds 441,500 paid at Christie's in July for a carved medieval one (then thought to be a unicorn horn) has brought out more. These uncarved, later ones are est pounds 2,800- pounds 3,500 and pounds 3,000- pounds 5,000. Prices will drop as more appear.
Grantham: Old gramophones, phonographs, slot machines, wartime memorabilia, radios, cameras, clocks, Wednesday (10am). Marilyn Swain, The Old Barracks, Sandon Road (0476 688861).
Swindon: Two days of sports books and memorabilia, Wednesday, and photography and ephemera including royal ephemera, advertising and packaging, comics and periodicals, Thursday (both 12 noon). Dominic Winter, The Old School, Maxwell Street (0793 611340).
Stafford: Vintage vehicles in a general sale at the County Showground, Thursday-Friday (10.30am daily). Walker, Barnett and Hill (0902 773531).
Lewes: Militaria, arms, decorations from the John Maxwell collection plus Imperial German head-dresses, Wednesday (2.15pm). Wallis & Wallis, West Street Auction Galleries (0273 480208).
Woodbrook, Co Wexford: Entire on-site contents of Woodbrook; silver, guns, portraits, ivories, dolls, Tuesday (10.30am). Hamilton, Osborne & King (010353 1 288 5011).
Cardiff: Rugby memorabilia, Victoriana, collectables, Wednesday (11am). Phillips, 9 Westgate Street (0222 396453).
Goldsmiths' Fair designer wares from pounds 100, Monday-Friday, Goldsmith's Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2 (071-606 7010). Edinburgh Mammoth, today and tomorrow, Ingliston (Four in One Promotions; 0455 233495).
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