The main sale, Tuesday (11am), has plenty for the scholarly, curious or merely prurient: diaries written by the actress Diana Dors, vituperative letters by Marlene Dietrich, a secret wartime file annotated by Churchill - and a manuscript from the turn of the 16th century, used as binder's packing in a book and containing a theatrical fragment resembling a scene from Shakespeare's Henry IV part I (pounds 10,000-pounds 12,000.)
Christie's South Kensington, Tuesday (2pm) offers another mechanical music sale. Big disc (19 5/8 in) Polyphon musical boxes of 1890-1900, pushed to pounds 5,000 or so by the Japanese in the late Eighties can now be had for pounds 2,000-pounds 3,000. The bigger the disc radius, the longer the musical comb that straddles it - and the more notes it can accommodate. There are some fairly big ones in the sale. A 15 5/8 in is est pounds 1,500-pounds 2,500. A tiny 5 3/4 in Symphonion brand is est pounds 100-pounds 200.
An honest local dealer returned lot 62 to its Scottish owner, having discovered the domed wooden case he had bought from her for a fiver contained a rare Bettini Edison spring motor phonograph of around 1899, now est pounds 1,500-pounds 2,000.
Bath: Phillips' biggest-ever sale of Doulton stoneware, a private collection of 1,000 pieces. Next Saturday (9am). Viewing Friday, 8.30pm (0225 310609).
Warrington: Royal Mail no-reserve sale of contents of returned parcels at Littons, Guardian Street, Tuesday, 10.30am (0925 572199).
Penzance: Antique furniture, decorations and collectables, Thursday and Friday (10am). A mahogany dining table is est pounds 1,000-pounds 2,000. Sundials, Hardy fishing reels, musical boxes. David Lay (0736 61414).
Poole: Stamp auction at the Arts Centre includes overprinted Victorian pounds 5 lilac and black, est pounds 250, next Saturday (2.30pm). Interstamps (0202 515756).
Malmesbury: Contents of a drapery shop, office equipment, fax machines; no-reserve Customs sale, Tuesday (10am) at Hilditch, Gloucester Road Trading Estate (0666 822577).
Putney, London: Lost, stolen strayed, offered no-reserve by the police: bicycles, jewellery, car stereos Thursday (9.30am). Dow Lloyd, 118 Putney Bridge Road, SW15 (081-788 7777).
Billingshurst: Antiquarian and modern books, including private collection of horse-racing ephemera, at New Pound Business Park, Wisborough Green, Wednesday (2pm). John Bellman (0403 700858).
Bath: Jewellery, unredeemed pledges, at Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Wednesday (12 noon). Lead soldiers Thursday (10.30am). Gardiner Houlgate (0225 447933).
Information on provincial auctions by Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957), Government Auction News (071-734 8291-4), Saleroom and Auction Monthly (081-336 0393).Reuse content