The Antiques Road Trip featuring Charlie Ross and James Braxton will be filming at the saleroom on Tuesday 19th September

AUGUST IS NOT WHAT IT WAS !


In Philip Taubenheim’s early days he was taught at all costs to avoid putting on an auction in August - the summers back then seemed both hotter and longer. Holidays were traditionally taken at this time and the internet had not been dreamt of, so it seemed only logical to avoid that period. Some auction rooms still abide by these rules, however here at Wotton-under-Edge we have, in recent years anyway, carried on regardless. The internet, of course, has been a game changer - you can still be on holiday almost anywhere in the world and still take part online, or be in the locality and attend. At the August 22nd/23rd auction both happened. A large crowd attended and almost a record number of buyers registered online, resulting in the best August sale to date.


It would be true to say that no record prices were set but the volume of lots sold approached ninety per cent and consistently at prices higher than estimated.


A large late 19th century bronze figure after Augustus Moreau of a young girl holding a bouquet of wild flowers, 1.6 metres in height, sold for £2,100, while a good quality pair of reproduction Georgian style wing chairs sold at £1,000. A William IV mahogany four poster bed, complete with all the drapes, sold at £900.


Mid 20th century furniture continues to find a strong market with a pair of Poul Jensen Z Danish teak lounge chairs selling well at £1,650.


Amongst the ceramics a rare Wemyss heart shaped dish decorated with roses made £1,650 and the best of the watches, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative chronograph in stainless steel sold at £1,550. Amongst the jewellery a set of gold bangles sold at £1,100.


Our forthcoming sale on September 19/20th is already attracting strong entries and will accompany several interesting probate instructions from properties throughout Gloucestershire.


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CONTENTS OF GLOUCESTERSHIRES SECRET & MOST ISOLATED CINEMA TO BE SOLD


Wotton Auction Rooms have been favoured with instructions to sell all fixtures and fittings from a 20 private seat cinema in a very isolated position, located down a long farm lane some distance from the village of Cromhall.


The owner Bob Wood, had had a lifetimes all consuming interest in the cinema, his first job as a teenager, involved working for The Regal Cinema in Dursley (now the site of the Lidl supermarket), where he delivered by bike The Gaumont British Newsreel between The Regal and Odeon cinemas, (they shared the same reel), later becoming a projectionist at The Regal.


Being demobbed in 1954 he retained his interest in cinema and film and having taken over the renovation of Sodam Mill near Cromhall, he took the opportunity to build his own twenty seat cinema in the stables, travelling the county in search of cinemas being dismantled, particularly those furnished in the Art Deco style.


I am delighted to be selling these pieces said Philip Taubenheim auctioneer at Wotton Auction Rooms. Items to be sold include Art Deco lighting, the pay booth, advertising panels, and of course the twenty seats. The thirty or more lots fit in seamlessly with more than 1,300 other lots consigned from the locality and which will form the September sale to be held on 19th & 20th with viewing on the 18th. All items can be viewed prior to the sale online at www.wottonauctionrooms.co.uk or via www.the-saleroom.com


The next sale on June 20th& 21st will contain interesting consignments from Bath, Beverston and elsewhere and are already on the saleroom floor awaiting cataloguing.