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Words: William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young & Mawer Auctioneers & Valuers
Featured in the November 2015 issue

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Eight auctions in five weeks saw Lincolnshire auctioneers selling more lots for more vendors to more buyers across Lincolnshire and the world, totalling over £400,000.

The Grantham Collective Sale on 2nd September saw over 1,000 lots offered and one of the highlight lots was a Vienna porcelain plaque selling to an American bidder for £3,200. That evening the Asian Art Sale was held, with over 300 lots selling to a record attendance in the room and also online. Top price of the evening was £9,500 for a Chinese gilt jade and hardstone box, selling to a collector from Hong Kong.

On 9th September The Bourne Auction Rooms hosted the Collective Sale, which made just over £30,000. The following week, the Lincoln Collective Sale offered over 1,500 lots, with a £50,000 total. Four specialist auctions then followed, commencing with the Lincoln Fine Art Sale, held on the evening of 23rd September, with the top selling picture an Arthur Boyd going to an Australian buyer for £4,000. A Peter Brannan oil on board of Newark Town Hall and marketplace was of local interest, doubling its estimate when the hammer fell at £600.

The following Saturday saw the remaining contents of Carlton Manor selling on site with a marquee in the gardens. The auction attracted viewers from across the country and the fine weather encouraged bidders. The top price was £18,000 for an oil portrait of Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Other notable results included £5,750 for a mahogany cabinet in the manner of Thomas Chippendale and £13,800 for a suite of Mouseman furniture.

A further evening sale of antique and fine jewellery again saw strong bidding, both at the sale and online. The highlight of the evening was £2,200 for a selection of butterscotch amber bead necklaces.

Finally the following day a Lincolnshire themed auction was held to celebrate Lincolnshire Day. A collection of taxidermy fish sold to an American buyer for £12,600. The best surprise of the day was for a Suffolk vendor who consigned a watercolour montage relating to the Lincolnshire Yeomanry, hoping it would cover the cost of posting. He was rewarded when it sold for £650.

Managing director Colin Young remarked it was a near perfect month because he had spent most of it selling from the rostrum.

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