Bourne is back to norm
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
After the many changes enforced on the auction world by the events of the last two years, the Bourne Auction Rooms finally got back to the old ways – even if overshadowed by the new ones.
On offer at the 1,300+ lot, six-figure, two-day auction was the opportunity not only to view and bid online but to once again view and bid in person.
Whilst this added to the auction fever, it soon became apparent that the serious business was going to be done by the online bidders.
The first 50 lots comprised medals that were being sold with the proceeds going to the Woody’s Lodge registered charity fund that supports veterans.
Over £9,000 was raised with a Great War Western Front MC Group awarded to Captain Frederick Harvey John Drummond selling for £1,700.
Top price at the auction was £3,600 for a 72cm bronze armillary sphere by David Harber of Aston Upthorpe, Oxfordshire, found in a garden near Stamford.
Lot 137 – A 1727 calf bound edition, The Vineyard – Being A Treatise Shewing – encouraged one potential buyer to travel over county borders only to be outbid to a final price of £1,700 from the internet.
Anyone with transport problems had the opportunity to bid on An Ordinary Penny Farthing, which again sold to a remote bidder for £1,300.
Other notable prices raised include £1,400 for a group of Royal Copenhagen blue and white porcelain tea and coffee ware. And £1,100 for a Victorian button back sofa, which may have proven suitable seating for the traditional bidders, and did attract a traditional telephone bidder before finally selling to a button-pushing buyer.