Lincolnshire – Top lots
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
At a recent appointment with an old client of Thos Mawer and Sons I was reminded of an early career success from the 1980s, when I sold a canoe on behalf of the Lincolnshire Police lost property department.
The lot attracted interest from the media who enjoyed speculating how the canoe had become lost and I was rewarded with a photo opportunity and a top lot for the auction.
The unusual and eclectic continue to attract auction goers, and 2020 did not disappoint.
The year started with three leaded glass panels which for the last 30 or so years had been used as a door panel in a modern house on the East Lincolnshire coast; catalogued as 17th-century by Jacob Wegmann of Lucerne, they sold for £3,800.
As we proceeded into the year with the monumental effects of Covid, the first auction in lockdown saw a Japanese ken tanto with dragon mounts, star of the show, selling for £26,000.
Gold prices have been rising throughout the year but a rare Queen Victoria gold double sovereign dated 1887 tripled its base price selling for £1,600.
Music lovers found their tune when a Gibson J-200 custom standard acoustic guitar sold for £2,900, and for those without magic fingers, a Wurlitzer One More Time jukebox cost a little more at £4,200.
Finally, in December a pair of Art Deco style earrings sold for £4,000 proving the new adage, ‘All dressed up with nowhere to go – but do it in style’.