Monday, 26 September 2011

Flog It! success

We had another resoundingly successful day at our Fine Art and Antique auction on Wednesday 21st September - despite the fact that we had no broadband coverage at all and had to run the live online sale via telephone to in London!

One of the Flog It! experts Anita Manning at the Alnwick Valuation Day

The team from Flog It!  were filming the sale after an excellent valuation day at Alnwick at the beginning of August. 

We were selling over 30 lots for the program and all but one sold with most fetching higher prices than anticipated. Particularly good lots included Lot 200, a collection of 11 Stevengraph silk woven pictures of different sporting events which were in excellent condition and had been estimated to fetch between £120-180 but were so popular that the hammer finally fell at £1250;

lot 285, a pair of pistols marked A F Gerding and estimated at £300-400 which sold to a telephone bidder for £1100

and lot 300, a gold Dunhill Cartier lighter that illustrated how much gold prices have risen recently by selling for £460.

The entire BBC crew, lead by the extremely charming Paul Martin, were a pleasure to work with and the day ran incredibly smoothly.  The programmes made from the day's filming are expected to be screened in about 6 months but the BBC will let us know exact dates nearer the time so we will make sure that we announce it in plenty of time!

Other bestsellers included Lot 1, a 148cc Lambretta registered in 1959 which generated a lot of interest before selling for £2100

and lot 221, a Chinese incised Celadon vase, estimated to fetch between £3000-5000 that finally sold to an overseas bidder for £8800.

And one of our most interesting lots, a box containing a piece of bunting, a small piece of leather strap and a piece of cord with a papers stating that they came from the British Antarctic Expedition, really caught the bidders' imagination and sold for £200.

We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Auction to be held on Wednesday 14th December.  Our next General Sale will be held on Wednesday 5th October with an Open Valuation Day on Friday 7th October between 10-12 and 2-4.

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