Friday, 18 March 2016
We had a fantastic sale on Wednesday, met loads of new customers and sold some really interesting lots, everyday we are amazed more and more by some of the fabulous items our clients bring to us... Remember we also do house clearances and home valuations, if you have anything you would like to sell, if you have a home you wish to clear, or your looking to grab yourself a beautiful antique or a simple bargain, look us up and we will always be happy to help.
Below is a selection of highlights from our last Antique and Interiors Sale,
giving you a flavour of some of the items that sell through our Auctions.
It's the way we were
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Beauty in Black and White
This exquisite Vizagapatam Easel mirror will be offered for Auction on Wednesday 16th March with an estimate of £200-£300.
Vizagapatam District was the largest district in the Madras Presidency of British India until 1936. The town of Vizagapatam was a principal trading port between Europe and East Asia with the Honourable East India Company establishing a base there.
In its heyday it must have been a fascinating bustling place with ships passing through on their way to and from China and England.
The outstanding craftsmanship on this mirror is typical of the grey or black decoration on creamy white ivory that is seen in furniture, mirrors, sewing boxes, trinket boxes and the like from the early 18th century onwards.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Fight of the Century
A certified official cap badge from the 1971 MSG World Heavy weight Championship between Ali and Frazier, with an Official Inaugural Induction Cover and photo of Carmen Basilio ( an Italian-American professional boxer who was the world champion in both the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions and good friend to Ali) signing and holding it.
In 1971, with both Ali and Frazier having legitimate claims to the title of World Heavyweight Champion. a tremendous amount of hype and anticipation was created for a match pitting the two undefeated fighters against one another to decide who was the true heavyweight champ.
Ali displaying uncommon speed and dexterity for a man of his size dominated most of his opponents and had often predicted the round in which he would knock them out. However, Ali struggled at times during his 15th round TKO of Oscar Bonavena, an unorthodox Argentinian fighter who was prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gil Clancy
Frazier was known as a tenacious competitor who attacked the body of his opponent ferociously and had an outstanding left hook. Frazier had a serious bout of hypertension in the lead-up to the fight but appeared on top form as the fight between the two undefeated champions began.
The fight held a broad political meaning for many Americans as Ali had become a symbol of the left-wing anti-establishment movement during his government-imposed exile from the ring, while Frazier had been adopted by the conservative, pro-war movement. According to the 2009 documentary Thriller in Manila, the match, which had been dubbed "The Fight", "gripped the nation, but also split it down the middle.
Its said that the evening of the match there were scores of policeman seen to be trying to control outrageously dressed fans and celebrities among a huge crowd.
The fight went the full 15-round championship distance, exceeding its own promotional hype. While Ali dominated the first three rounds, Frazier connected with a horrifying hook to Ali's jaw, throwing his head back before ferociously attacking Ali's body.
The fight continued with both Ali and Frazier dealing each other unlimited blows and ending with the Judges coming to a unanimous decision officially naming Frazier as the The World Heavyweight Champion, dealing Ali his first professional loss.
The lot will be sold in our Antiques and Interiors sale on Wednesday 16th March 2016.
"When the Devil was sick the Saint would be
When the Devil got well Devil a Saint was he"
An extremely rare and beautiful example of a Royal Doulton character jug / toby mug Mephistopheles - The Devil. Designed by Charles Noke and Harry Fenton and hand-painted in England. It numbers D5757 and was issued between 1937-1948. This very rare and highly sought after jug was one of the very few produced during WWII, at a time when the production of decorated China for the UK market was prohibited due to wartime restrictions.
Friday, 4 March 2016
Here at Boldon Auction Galleries we sell everything, from books to furnishings, everyday items to antiques, ornaments to... Well we could go on for hours but we know you understand! If you are downsizing, or simply want to move on unused items, please free to pop in to one of our FREE valuation days and we will do our best to help you sell them at auction.
Below we have put together a selection of highlights from the last General Sale, showing the diversity of items we sell at Auction.