Tuesday 30 July 2013

Thank you

A huge Thank You to all staff and clients at Boldon Auction Galleries who have been so generous in their donations and support for Giles and Team before the Lakeland 50 last weekend.

£860 has been raised for Fix The Fells so thank you again.

Monday 29 July 2013

Lakeland 50 completed

Team 'Are We Nearly There Yet'

Giles Hodges from Boldon Auction Galleries completed the gruelling Lakeland 50 in 20 hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds.

He said afterwards that it was the hardest thing he had ever done. 


The Start at Dalemain Estate
From a humid 11.30am start on Saturday morning at Dalemain Estate to torrential rain for the last 13 hours the Team of 4 became 3 at Ambleside after 13 hours when Jason Lloyd had to retire. 

Final Checkpoint Coniston

The remaining 3 members of 'Are we Nearly There Yet?' Giles, Fergus and Peter covered the 50 miles with 3,100 metres ascent passing through 6 checkpoints on their way and pushed on to the finish at Coniston, arriving at 8.22am on Sunday morning.


A huge thank you goes to all the organisers and wonderful volunteer marshalls who were at every checkpoint giving encouragement, food, drinks and medical assistance if necessary.

The Finish at Coniston

Giles, Fergus, Peter and Jason have now raised a brilliant £860 for the Charity Fix The Fells which works to protect the Lakeland fells from erosion by maintaining and repairing the miles of pathways.

Giles is now waiting for his feet to recover whilst planning his next Challenge!!

Friday 26 July 2013

The Lakeland 50 is around the corner!

Tomorrow at 11:30am our team of 4 - Giles Hodges, Fergus Bates, Jason Lloyd and Peter Walker-Birch will be starting this year's Lakeland 50.

For those that are unaware of the event it involves walking and with a little bit of motivation from Fergus (our Morpeth Harrier's secret weapon) running 50 miles in 24 hours.

Added to the mix is 3,100 metres of ascent and remember what comes up must come down!

We start at the Dalemain Estate and make headway to Ambleside hopefully before closing time and then a short crawl of approx. 15 miles to the finish at Coniston and home to bed !!.

The monies raised are going to the Charity - Nuture Lakeland (FIx The Fells). This Charity needs funds to help to repair and maintain the fells for future generations.

It's not going to be easy and all four of us have had plenty of injuries to hold up our training along the way.

We have raised £840 so far and are still collecting so any more donations will make a huge difference.
A big thank you from team ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?!!

Giles, Fergus, Jason and Peter

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Sale highlights from our Fine Art & Antique Auction held on Wednesday 12th June 2013

Beatlemania hit Boldon when a signed album went under the hammer at our summer Fine Art and Antique auction. The album had been signed at a hotel in Carlisle on 21st November 1963 after a local competition winner, Margaret Svenson, had gone to meet the Fab Four and had taken albums belonging to her friends Christine and Jackie to be signed. Fifty years later Jackie decided to sell her album and it instantly generated huge interest internationally. It was estimated to fetch between £2,000-3,000 but competition was so fierce amongst the bidders that it quickly rocketed up to £11,100.

Jewellery and watches sold well with Lot 468, a gentleman's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just wrist watch selling for £1,600.

Lot 484, a platinum ring set with central 1.75 ct emerald cut diamond, and flanked by two 0.50 ct round cut diamonds, estimated at £4,000-£6,000 reached its top estimate, selling for exactly £6,000, and lot 383, a heart shaped gold and diamond encrusted pendant also reached its top estimate of £1,500, while Lot 505, a large carved mother of pearl shell "Subtuum Bresidium Confugimus Sadei Genitrix" dramatically passed its conservative estimate and sold for £1,000.

One of the most charming lots was a boxed Japanese tinplate 'Grand Air March' model and a boxed Essdee German 'Over The Top' which included a rare tinplate clockwork R100 Zeppelin with tower. It had been given a moderate estimate but completely exceeded expectations by selling for a massive £900.

In our porcelain and ceramics section of the auction we had a fine Satsuma lidded circular box by Yabu Meizan, estimated at £2,000 - £3,000 which sold for £3,700,

and lot 74, A tall Kralik iridescent vase with flared rim, waisted neck and octagonal tapering body with Art Nouveau pewter mounts which sold for £750, while lot 247, a French ormolu clock garniture shot up to £1,400.

Lot 1, a purple M.G.B. convertible car, registered 27th June 1975, 1798 CC, with a mileage of 48,399, sold well at £1,300 continuing our success at auction with vintage cars.

Lot 347, an early 20th century concertina with 56 buttons, pierced fretwork, chromed ends and leather box, estimated at £400-£600, sold for £700.

In our paintings section Lot 611 a two sided oil by Edwin Ward with the head of a cavalier on each side, dated 1878 sold at the top of its estimate at £800, while a watercolour by George Edward Horton, of the Brig Anne ashore at Herd Sands, South Shields, sold for £500 and a painting by David Woodlock (1842-1849) sold for £300. Lot 571, a folder of 51 Victorian watercolours, exceeded its upper estimate of £120, selling for £370.

Books sold well, ranging from several lots of miniature books like Lot 371 which included the “Victoria Miniature Almanac” and sold for £75, and Lot 369 “Les Delices des Champs Etrenes Chantantes pour l’An 1810” which sold for £150, up to larger volumes such as “The History and Antiquities of the town and county of the town of Newcastle”, 1784, which sold for £380.

In the furniture section Lot 649, a Victorian walnut credenza with marquetry inlay and ormolu mounts, sold at its upper estimate of £800, and fierce competition on the internet led to Lot 650, a country style armchair, estimated at £50-80, rocketing up to an impressive £850.

Lot 696, an early 20th century Chinese hardwood ladies writing desk with open fret work, estimated at £200-300 sold for £720 and Lot 698 a heavily carved oak mirror back sideboard, the mirrored back with lion masks, carved and panelled doors and caryatid figures playing instruments, sold for £810.

Two local North East railway clocks had their time in the limelight, selling for £580 and £600, while a rare North East glass Victorian water jug, acid etched with a scene commemorating the opening of the Newcastle upon Tyne swing bridge, c1876 sold for £75, and Lot 271, a Collection of local North East Victorian and later photographs sold for £220.

This auction was filmed by the BBC team behind the popular series Flog It! Led by Paul Martin, the team worked brilliantly both behind the scenes and out in the saleroom and we are all looking forward to the showing of the episodes in the autumn.

We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Auction to be held on Wednesday 4th September 2013.

Please call in, telephone or email us and we will arrange to value and/or enter items for Auction.

Front Street, East Boldon, Tyne & Wear, NE36 0SJ
Tel. 0191 5372630
e-mail: boldon@btconnect.com

Thursday 18 July 2013

Super cute figures!

Consigned for our next Fine Art & Antique Auction on 4th September three Shelley Mabel Lucie Attwell figures "Shy", "The Gardeners Boy" and "The Bride".

Mabel Lucie Attwell (4 June 1879 – 5 November 1964) was a British illustrator. She was first known for her cute, nostalgic drawings of children, based on her daughter, Peggy. Her drawings are featured on many postcards, advertisements, posters, books and figurines.

In 1921, J.M. Barrie personally requested her to illustrate the gift-book edition of Peter Pan and The Lucie Attwell Annual was published from 1922 to 1974, its continuance ten years after her death being made possible by extensive re-use of images, a practice established in the 1920's picture books of her work.

In 1926 Shelley Potteries commissioned Mabel Lucie Attwell to produce designs for children’s china ware. This china continued to be manufactured into the sixties.

Monday 15 July 2013

Next General Sale is on Wednesday 24th July

Our next General Sale is on Wednesday 24th July and not this week as incorrectly advertised in the Sunderland Echo today.

Sorry for any confusion!!

Friday 5 July 2013

Next Sale 10th July

Victorian, Edwardian and General Household Sale
Wednesday 10th July
starting at 10 am

A Honda Accord car to be sold 10th July

Estimate £1,500-£2,500

Over 450 lots to include an automatic Honda Accord 4 door saloon car, petrol, 2007, mileage 88,254, MOT to 18/07/13 and taxed to 31/07/13, ceramics, china and glass, Royal Doulton, Maling, Villeroy & Boch designed by Naif, Shelley tea china, Royal Crown Derby, Withernsea pottery, Collectors items -Selection of Cartier, Prada, Barbour, YSL, Emmy, Moschino, Armani and Mulberry
bags, purses and wallets, Fishing rods, reels and other fishing equipment, postcards, watches, gold and silver jewellery, silver and silver-plated items, photograph frames, musical instruments, toys and games, carriage lamps, walking sticks, miner's lamps, tools, garden bench, copper items, books, rugs, mirrors, golf clubs, kitchenware, paintings and prints, BMW and Vauxhall car parts, Honda Generator 6.5 KVA, fridges, freezers, flat screen TV's, leather sofas, dining and bedroom furniture, Ercol dining room suite, tables, chairs and many many other household items and furniture.

A Hardy Reel to be sold 10th July

Estimate £150-£200


Saturday 6th July 10am - 1pm

Tuesday 9th July 2pm - 6pm

and on the morning of the sale from 9am

You can view our catalogue on-line at close of business today Friday 5th July

An Ercol dining room suite

Estimate £100-£150

Any queries please call us on 0191 537 2630
email us at boldon@btconnect.com
or come and see us in person at our Saleroom in East Boldon

A Hardy Rod to be sold 10th July

Estimate £150-£200