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First Auction of the Year.
Added Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 19:44
The first auction of the year continued the recent trend of having a global customer base taking an interest across all of the main categories of the auction, with many of the potential buyers committing sizeable bids on multiple items.

The sale had a significant contribution from 3 probates, which brought items onto the market that really captured buyers interest for both ownership and investment potential.

The first from a local house in Walton on the hill were five Art Deco bronze and ivory figures with slight damage to some but all selling over the top of their estimate. All five we`re bought on the phone by 3 separate buyers and were sold at the following prices;
lot 541 Josef Lorenzl ` lady walking a hound` got 2700; lot 540 Joseph D`Aste, `Dutch children` 1850, lot 542 Ferdinand Preiss, `Young girl` 1250; lot 539 a Gallo 840, and lot 538 a bronze of a young girl got 640.
Also in the strong selling bronze section were lot 564 `a tortoise` raced to 1250, lots 569 and 570, 2 Russian bronzes by Evgency Aleksandrovich sold for 1650 & 1550 respectively, and another pair of bronzes, lot 592 sold for 940.

In the picture section, the main lot was an oil on canvas by Thomas Baker, lot 250 depicting "an oak tree in stone leith park" which had a conservative estimate of 300 to 500. This ended up with 8 telephone lines and various buyers in the room showing interest and it finally sold to one of the phone lines for 2000.

The silver and jewellery sections again sold well with only 5 items out of 300 lots not finding buyers. Of particular interest to the buyers were lot 327, a heavy silver tray sold for 1700; lot 401 a distinguished conduct medal 880; lot 471, a gold proof sovereign set sold at 1700 and a pair Rolex gents and ladies wrist watches sold to a private buyer on the phone for 3000.

The furniture kept up the good day with further surprises. A good quality Waring & Gillows bookcase fetched 1650, a phone bid won the next, lot 727 a kidney shaped table for 2000, but the room bidders were not to be out done and the next lot was bought by a buyer in the room out bidding the phones this time for lot 728, a bureau plat 1150. The same buyer also bought lot 734 a continental cupboard for 900 and was the under bidder on lot 748 George III oak Welsh dresser purchased on the phones for 1450.

The return on the whole sale saw the not sold rate at only 15% for over 800 lots and even with this amount the not sold items were placed into our shop which saw half of these items finding buyers with in 3 days of going on our shop.
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