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A note in the diary – 726 and counting

FOR medals expert Mark Smith, 1553 is a magic number – his Holy Grail, lottery jackpot and Willy Wonka golden ticket rolled into one.

The number 726 is significant too. It is how far he has progressed in his quest to collect a British Army casualty medal or group to represent every single day of the First World War. There are – you guessed it – 1553 days in total.

As well as being an ardent collector on a mission, Smith is the new resident medals and orders specialist at auctioneers and dealers Baldwin’s on the Strand, London. When ATG calls, he is happily working through the medals room in the Baldwin’s vault. “I found something the other day which had a price ticket on it from 1937,” he says.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.
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