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AUGUST, and the auction season has reached its Nadir. Personal property of the troubled businessman, now residing in northern Cyprus, has been removed from his flat at 80 Eaton Square, London SW1, into a bankruptcy sale at Christie's South Kensington, Friday (10.30am).

Asil Nadir shows his wristwatch taste with an 18ct gold Blancpain automatic est pounds 800- pounds 1,200 - superior to and less controversial than another in his collection. A perspex paperweight contains details of Polly Peck International's pounds 20m multicurrency facility arranged by the Kansallis Banking Group ( pounds 50- pounds 80). Plus furniture, books and hi-fi equipment.


Glorious end-of-season rummage at Christie's South Kensington's downmarket sale of British and continental watercolours, drawings and prints. Languid fin de siecle Brits at leisure aboard their yacht, watched by a passing bargee, a watercolour by Frank Southgate, Work and Pleasure, is est pounds 600- pounds 800, lotted with a seascape. There are pictures of railways and cities and a saucy French engraving of discovered lovers ( pounds 200- pounds 400)

Also at Christie's South Kensington: Tuesday (2pm) silver and plate, Wednesday (2.30pm) carpets and furniture, Thursday (10.30am), British and continental ceramics, Friday (10.30am), furniture, decorative objects and pictures. At Bonhams: Monday (2pm) silver, Tuesday (10.30am), English and continental furniture, Wednesday (11am) English and continental pictures and (2pm) English and continental ceramics, Thursday (11am), blue and white pottery and Staffordshire figures. Phillips: pictures, many est below pounds 100, Tuesday (12 noon).


Raynes Park, London SW19: On-site sale of liquidated and receivership office and boardroom furniture at 265 Burlington Road, Tuesday (11am). Henry Butcher (071-405 5501).

Billingshurst: Good selection of antique and decorative furniture, Tuesday (10.30am) and glass, British, Continental and Oriental ceramics and Eastern artworks, Wednesday (10.30am). Sotheby's (0403 783933).

Wakefield: On-site sale of contents of Kirklands Hotel, Leeds Road, Outwood, Tuesday (3pm). C W Harrison & Son (0228 26292).

Retford: Silver, jewellery; Edwardian bachelor's teapot, pounds 80- pounds 100, Monday (10am). Henry Spencer (0777 708633).

Birmingham: 450 paintings, Friday (11am). Biddle & Webb (021 455 8042).


Birmingham: NEC, August Fair, Thursday-Sunday (021 780 4141).

Donington Park: Mammoth Drive-In, next Saturday-Sunday (0455 233495).

Goodwood Racecourse: Outdoor drive-in and indoor stands, next Sunday. Select Shows (0737 814740).

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

Look out for . . . Carlisle: Government surplus - machine and electrical spares, scrap metal, furniture, clothing, Wednesday (9.30am) at The Auctioneer, Rosehill. Harrison and Hetherington (0228 26292).

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