Auction highlights


John Taylors, Louth
Antiques, Furniture, Ceramics, Pictures, Watches, Coins, Silver and Jewellery etc, Tue 24th May, 10am

Golding Young, Bourne
Collective Sale, Wed & Thurs 11th & 12th May, 10am.

Golding Young, Grantham
Collective Sale, Wed & Thurs 4th & 5th May and Tue 31st May, 10am.
Fine Ceramics & Asian Art Sale, Wed 25th May, 10am

Golding Young, Lincoln
Collective Sale, Thurs 19th May, 10am. Fine Art Sale, Wed 25th May, 4pm.

Batemans of Stamford
Antiques and Specialist Collectors, Sat 7th May, 10am. Jewellery & Watches, Silver & Gold, Coins & Banknotes, Fri 20th May, 4pm

Stamford Auction Rooms, Stamford
Antiques & The Chelsea Garden Auction, Fri 27th May, 10am. Specialist Jewellery, Silver & Watches, Sat 28th May, 10am.

Unique Auctions, Lincoln
Three Day Antiques, Collectors & General Auction, Fri, Sat & Sun 27th, 28th and 29th May, 9am.

Please refer to the websites of each company to see the most recent updates on auction details.

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
Featured in:
May 2022

By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.

Auction activity continues at a pace with near 100% selling rates and extremely competitive bidding. The Grantham saleroom caught everyone’s attention when Lot 13 started with an opening bid of £30,000.

Consisting of six plates from the Sèvres rouge décor étrusque service, the plates are originally believed to have been commissioned by the nephew of Napoleon I for his mistress, the actress Elisabeth Félix. The Sèvres factory records delivery of the full dinner service in 1856, and it was later sold at a Paris auction in 1858 following Félix’s death. A combination of historic importance and rarity saw the gavel fall at £36,000.

Wristwatches are an auction favourite, and the Lincoln saleroom recently sold a premium lot: a Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Automatic model 5513. Estimated at a very tempting £3,000 to £5,000 this proved its worth as the bidding ticked on to a final bid of £8,000.

The Bourne auction rooms have been particularly busy with a recent 1,000 lot Toy, Transport and Automobilia sale with some clients enjoying a tenfold increase on their pre-sale auction estimates.

One example, demonstrating a good honest auction lot, was a Meccano clockwork tin plate M247 Saloon Coupe, with its original box – although tired, or play worn as the professionals like to say, it woke up the bidders, selling for £500.

Fans and finery auctions are not a regular fixture on the calendar, and having been asked to be the auctioneer at the Harrogate Auction Rooms, I was somewhat apprehensive as to the amount of interest there might be.

The sale did not disappoint. In the 200 lots of fans offered, there was a scarce Panorama fan by J J Rousseau. It exceeded expectations, selling for £2,400. The final part of the auction of some 160 lots of finery proved the most exciting, as two lots of 19th-century Chinese civil rank badges dominated both internet platforms and all available telephone lines.

Bidding quickly climbed from £100s to £1,000s with late telephone bids adding to the drama. The lots finally sold for £7,100 and £6,200 respectively. It is my understanding that all have been paid for and received, so everyone appears to be happy – even the auctioneers.

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