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NO major auctions this Easter week, but Phillips' bi-annual sporting sale, Thursday (1pm) has an abundance of early issues of an ideal collectable - Wisden's Cricketers' Almanac. There is a limited number of them, new ones are cheap and old ones are rising steadily in value.

A complete set of 130 of the annuals is worth about pounds 20,000. A first edition of 1864, from a private collection, is estimated pounds 2,000- pounds 3,000 in the sale. A rare 1875 issue is pounds 1,000- pounds 1,500. For some reason - a good topic for research - there was a very small print run that year. The collection lacks 1869, another scarce edition. Perfect copies fetch pounds 1,000- pounds 1,200.

A letter from Wisden of 1886 says 'those for 69 and 75 cannot be obtained anywhere and we would gladly buy them' (lot 106, pounds 100- pounds 150). Even in 1886, apparently, Wisden was a collectable. Run-of-the-mill Victorian editions are estimated pounds 200- pounds 300.

Best of the rest: at Christie's South Kensington, Wednesday, decorative objects, carpets and ceramics (10.30am), silver and plate (2pm), British and Continental watercolours and drawings, (also 2pm), Thursday, British and Continental glass and ceramics, including a private collection (10.30am). Sotheby's has a colonnade sale of furniture, Friday (10.30am) and a gun sale featuring the Prince Regent's 20-bore double-barrelled flintlock, pounds 7,000- pounds 10,000.

Sponsored by Christie's South Kensington to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Coronation, 4,000 lead soldiers recreating the Coronation procession are at the Guards Museum, Birdcage Walk, London SW1, until 22 December, Monday-Thursday and weekends (10am-4pm).


Stoke-on-Trent: No-reserve auction of Beswick and Wade pottery today (2pm) at 271 Waterloo Road, Cobridge. The Beswick includes Beatrix Potter, Rupert Bear and Walt Disney. Daniel and Hulme (0538 383339).

Northampton: Liquidation sale of clothing manufacturers' machinery and stock, office furniture, equipment, motor vehicles and garments, including waterproof coats, blazers, leatherwear, children's wear, wedding outfits, at the Albion Auction Rooms, Commercial Street, Thursday (11am). Heathcote Ball (0604 22735).

Odiham: Antique furniture, pictures, glass, silver, jewellery, Wednesday (2pm), North Warnborough Village Hall. A 1968 Jaguar 420 (40,000 miles) is est pounds 5,000- pounds 7,000. S R Thomas (0252 844410).

Torquay: Advertising and artists' postcards are among artworks, collectables, ceramics and glass, toys, copperware, Oriental works, textiles, Wednesday (9.30am). Bearne's, Avenue Road (0803 296277).

Bourne: Stock of a photographer's shop is among computerware, next Saturday (noon). Richardson's, Bourne Auction Rooms, Spa Road (0778 422686).

West Wickham: More computerware (900 lots) at Pickhurst Junior School, Pickhurst Lane, next Saturday (10.30am). TCS (081-651 3639).

Dorchester: Two-day event, Thursday (noon): silver, jewellery, artworks; Friday (10.30am): furniture, clocks, bronzes, toys, textiles. Hy. Duke & Son (0305 265080).

Mansfield: Receivership sale of woodworking machinery, shop display and office equipment, private and commercial vehicles, Wednesday and Thursday (9.30am daily). Walker Walton Hanson, Byard Lane, Nottingham (0602 584631).

Guildford: 2,000-lot sale of commercial and agricultural vehicles, contractors' plant and machinery, ex-hire equipment, gardening machinery, tools, timber, at the Cattle Market, Slyford Green, Friday (9.30am). South East Marts (0483 573386).


Wednesday-Sunday: Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association, Eton College, Eton, Berkshire (0753 860850).

Thursday-Saturday: Scottish Antiques 1993, Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (Antiques in Britain Fairs, 0273 423355).

Friday-Sunday: Great Northern International Antiques and Collectors, Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate (Great Northern Antiques Fairs, 0642 550268).

Next Saturday-Sunday: Kent Mammoth Fair, County Showground, Detling, near Maidstone (Four In One Promotions, 0455 233495).

Countrywide: from Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957) and Government Auction News (071-734 8291/4, hotline 0891 887700).

Look out for

Hull: Diving equipment and accessories, sewing machines, raw materials and office furniture, Wednesday (10.30am). Gilbert Baitson (0482 500500).

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