CATCH OF THE DAY
After the success of the August and September sales, the pressure was on for our saleroom to keep the ball rolling into October. It was all hands-on deck as two or three very large consignments came into the rooms over a relatively short space of time. The most intriguing arrived in two large containers that arrived from Guernsey.
After days of wading through boxes of what seemed to be a lifetime’s collection of paperwork and ephemera, we unearthed some real gems of historical significance.
The star catch -a carved wooden half Atlantic salmon, commemorating one of very few fish caught over the weight of 50 lbs - opened with bids in the room at £500 and treaded water slowly but surely with further bids online and on the phone, finally netting £3100.
Amongst the piles of ephemera, we managed to link together an archive relating to British racing driver and pilot John Peter Wakefield. With photographs, log books, touring maps etc, a budding collector put himself in pole position with a winning bid of £2600 for the comprehensive collection.
We also found items relating to the Heywood family who were quite the Northern powerhouse. A silver gilt casket presented to Alderman Heywood sold for £3000. A pair of silver bugles presented to Colonel G.B. Heywood sold for £1050, along with a pair of military flags on mahogany staffs with silver mounts, presented again to G. B. Heywood, selling for £1400.
It was another sale with strong bids coming from within the room. With the advent of online bidding, attendances at auction houses have dwindled, we feel so privileged to be selling to a room full of people. A 1967 Vespa Sprint scooter started with a modest room bid of £1500 and climbed and climbed, finally selling to a thrilled buyer at £4700. An exquisite pair of Victorian cast silver figural salts opened in the room at £2000 and again sold in the room for £4900.
The best of the rest was mainly in another very strong ceramics section. International interest saw a Shelley tea service selling online for £1700 and a George Jones majolica cheese dish and cover making £1000.
We have been taking in consignments from all over Europe for our Pre-Christmas sale in November. Here’s hoping we can reel in some more dishy lots.