Friday 29 October 2021

Fowl at Boldon

Lot 317.

A large Chinese watercolour of Chickens by Liu Baoshen

Purchased at Shaanxi History Museum, Xian in 1996.

Liu Baoshen is a Chinese Asian Modern and Contemporary artist, born in 1937. 

For Auction 3rd November 2021

Dress to Impress

Lot 214.
To be auctioned on Wednesday 3rd November, a collection of black and white postcards relating to Miss Vesta Tilley.
Estimate £30 - £50

Matilda Alice Powles (1864 - 1952) was an English music hall performer.  She adopted the stage name Vesta Tilley and became one of the best-known male impersonators of her era.  She typically performed as a dandy or fop as can be seen in some of these postcards.  By the 1890s Vesta Tilley was England's highest earning woman.  At a Royal Command Performance in 1912 she scandalised Queen Mary by wearing trousers.  During the First World War she became known as England's greatest recruiting sergeant, singing patriotic songs dressed in army fatigues.  Her last performance was in 1920 at the Coliseum Theatre in London.

Harry Potter and the Saleroom of Secrets

We are thrilled to be taking part again in the Friends of East Boldon Parks Scarecrow Trail.

This year the theme is 'Halloween Haunts' .

Our entry is 'Harry Potter and the Saleroom of Secrets', number 45 on the Trail.

We have Dementors, a Basilisk, Hermione Granger riding a broom and Harry Potter himself saving the day (not with a wand but with an auction Gavel!) 

Come along and enjoy the Scarecrow Trail around East Boldon. 

The scarecrows will be on display until Sunday evening 31st October.

Tuesday 26 October 2021

World Cup Willie


For Auction 3rd November 2021, this fabulous piece of Football nostalgia from 1966, 'World Cup Willie' was designed by a freelance illustrator Reg Hoye.  Hoye had previously worked on illustrations for Enid Blyton's Noddy books and Dr Who and The Daleks.  Initial sketches of a Bulldog, figures wearing bowler hats or cloth caps were discarded as being too class conscious.  Four Lion designs were submitted and the first of which was based on Hoye's son Leo was chosen.  The nickname 'Willie' came about due to the Lion's uncanny resemblance to the Football Association's rather square shouldered chief administrative officer E.K. Wilson.  

"A lion with a Beatle haircut, a Union Jack Jersey and an address somewhere in Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park' remarked the Daily Mirror at the time.

'World Cup Willie' was the first World Cup mascot paving the way for the merchandise boom that now accompanies international sporting events.

Estimate £150 - £200

Steam, Wine and Fine Antiques at Boldon Auction Galleries

Boldon Auction Galleries were delighted to hold a two day Auction on the 20th and 21st October.  The first day was a single owner collection of  Model Steam and Traction Engines from the late Mr Les Burford, Oxfordshire on the 20th October 2021.

With a packed saleroom, many bidders online, telephone bids and commission bids we had an extremely busy day.  All bar two lots were sold and many happy purchasers left Boldon Auction Galleries with arms full of spirit engines, beam engines and live steam engines.

The second day saw the Residual Contents and Fine Wines from the Wine Cellar of the late Meyrick Cox on the 21st October 2021.

Again we had bidders online from across the globe, telephone bidders, commission bidders and our saleroom was full with potential buyers eager to purchase fine wine and furniture, not to mention several lots of top end audio equipment including Naim, Bowers and Wilkins and Bang and Olufsen.

For all the sale results please click the following:

Model Steam and Traction Engines Auction:

Residual Contents and Fine Wine Auction:

Friday 22 October 2021

A Wine of Distinction

Lot 517.

Le Dome, 2009, Saint-Emilion (12 bottles)

Sold for £1,800, 21st October 2021

Sound of Success

Lot 546.
Hi-Fi equipment to include; Naim CD 555, NAC 552, HDX, an NAP 500 PS, a CD 555 PS, an NAC 552 PS, a CD 555 PS, a Linn Sondek LP 12 and a Linn Radikal sold for £17,000, 21st October 2021

Sale of items for the Great North Children's Hospital


Friday 15 October 2021

Bang and Olufsen

Lot 548.

A Bang and Olufsen Beocentre 2 and a pair of Beolab 5 speakers

Estimate £1,500 - £2,000

Auction Thursday 21st October 2021 at 10am

Hi-Fi equipment; Naim NAC 552, HDX, NAP 500 PS, CD 555 PS, NAC 552 PS, CD 555 PS, Linn Sondek LP 12 and a Linn Radikal

Lot 546.

Hi-Fi equipment to include; Naim CD 555, NAC 552, HDX, an NAP 500 PS, a CD 555 PS, an NAC 552 PS, a CD 555 PS, a Linn Sondek LP 12 and a Linn Radikal

Estimate £4,000 - £6,000

Auction Thursday 21st October 2021 at 10am