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

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