Friday 30 September 2022

King of the Road

Lot 1B.  For Auction 5th October

A Fiat Ducato 11 JTD SWB Motor Caravan, first registered 31 March 2003, mileage 110,000, 2 keys, MOT to 15 March 2023, AV03 UHE, diesel, with Captain's Chair, full size cooker, TV, dashcam, additional awning and bike rack. 
Estimate £10,000 - £15,000

Come and view this beauty on Saturday 10-1 or Tuesday 10-12 and 2-6

From Cats to Bears and everything in between

A few lots coming up in the next Antique Interiors and General Sale on Wednesday 5th October.  The online catalogue will be available to view from 5pm Friday.  Head over to our website to check it out or come and see us in person on Saturday 1st October 10am - 1pm and Tuesday 4th October 10am - 12noon and 2pm - 6pm or morning of auction from 9am.

Continental Vase and Cover

Lot 70.
A decorative Continental pate sur pate vase and cover, 38cm height
Estimate £80 - £120
For Auction 5th October

Paddington Bear


Lot 39 .

Paddington Bear

Estimate £20 - £40

For Auction 5th October

Gorgeous Goldsmiths Ring for Auction

Lot 280.

A platinum and diamond ring, size 'I', 6.5g

Estimate £300 - £500

For Auction 5th October

Enjoy a tot as the nights draw in


Lot 35.

We have a good selection of Whisky for sale over several lots on 5th October.
A bottle of Lagavulin single malt, 16 years old whisky and a bottle of The Balvenie, 10 years old single malt whisky (2)

Estimate £150 - £200

Flying High


Lot 12.

A large remote controlled 'Marathon' aeroplane

Estimate £100 - £150

We have various remote controlled aircraft, Die Cast models, Teddy Bears and other toys for auction on 5th October

Lot 20.
A remote controlled 'Spitfire' aeroplane
Estimate £30 - £50

Getting prepared for your Witches Brew?


We have several lots of Chemist's Bottles in the auction on 5th October 2022.

Play Time with Pelham Puppets

These wonderful puppets are for Auction on 5th October.

Lot 75.
Seven boxed Pelham puppets

Estimate £50 - £80

Pelham Puppets History: Bob Pelham served in the Armed Forces from 1939 and during this time became known as 'The Wonky Donkey Officer' due to his penchant of making small, wooden, animated donkey toys. After the war a toy making company was created in the name of Wonky Toys Ltd.  

These simple puppets, made from recycled materials and packaged in a simple brown box were so popular that by 1952, the company was in need of much larger premises in order to keep up with the increased production. Pelham, whilst staying in Marlborough, moved it's offices and retail store to Elcot Lane and one year later purchased a three story factory on London Road, on the south bank of the River Kennet, which would go on the become the permanent home of Pelham until 1987, when the original company ceased trading.

The Pelham company went from strength to strength and at it's peak was producing thousands of puppets in a multitude of different colours, sizes, designs and sets. One of the biggest achievements for Bob came in 1953 when the company won the rights to produce a set of Disney puppets. This acquisition started a pattern of fighting for commercial rights to other brands and many sets followed including The Magic Roundabout, The Muppets, Peanuts and The Wombles. All of these successes however suffered a drastic set back when, in October 1961, the London Road factory caught fire and was nearly all destroyed. Stock, materials and many documents were lost but, not to be deterred, Bob and the rest of the company set about building a new factory on the same site, as quick as possible in order to catch up with the lost time.

The 1970s proved to be the the busiest decade experienced by the company and rapid expansion was required in order to keep up with the now international demand which included shipping to over 40 countries. However, despite the fact that business had never been better, it was from this time that Bob began to lose his enthusiasm due to the ever increasing commercial nature of his company; it had grown from a small office of close colleagues to an enterprise based across several premises producing at full speed, all day every day. Bob's troubles reached their worst during the 1980s when Pelham had to make several hundred loyal employees redundant due to the falling economy. After this period of decline for the factory tragedy struck when, in mid 1980, Bob died suddenly at his home. His wife Anne, who had also been a long term employee of the company and had played a huge part in it's success, continued to operate the company for the following six years until she reached the point of retirement and closed the original factory's doors for the final time.

Following the closure of the original Pelham factory and brand various companies tried, without much success, to bring back the former glory experienced in it's heyday. The rights to the name traded hands many times until it was finally purchased by one employee, and long time friend of Bob's, David Leech. This venture, although not on the same scale as the original factory, produces Pelham puppets to Bob's original designs and standards (as well as some new ones) and continues to be an ambassador for the brand.

Elvis is in the Building at Boldon Auctions

Lot 278.

A collection of eight previously unseen black and white photographs of Elvis Presley on the set of the 1964 film 'Roustabout' (2 shown here)

Estimate £150 - 250

For auction 5th October

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Pitmen Painter sells at auction


Super Tom McGuinness sketchbook sells for £3,100 on 
21st September after fierce bidding in the room and on line

Tureens for your Greens

Lot 213.

A pair of silver tureens, Richard William Elliot, London, 1843, total weight 4.7kg.  Sold £3,100 (21st September Auction)

Ready to hit the road?

Look no further - we are offering for auction on Wednesday 5th October this amazing Camper Van.  Further details soon.........

Fabulous Fabric at Boldon Auctions

This month we held our first Timed Auction.  Vintage Textiles and Fabric was the theme with 154 lots of fabric from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Highlights included:

A roll of A Time Present Fabric, "Snipe", of printed heavy cotton, designed by John Drummond for Hull Traders Ltd, Great Britain, 1960s, on pale lemon background.  126cm wide x 14 metres long.
Sold £140

A roll of A Time Present Fabric, "Baiae" by John Drummond for Hull Traders Ltd, 1958.  129cm wide x 17 metres.
Sold £320

A bale of Edinburgh Weavers fabric, striped white and brown, approx. 120cm x 52m.
Sold £120

A roll of 1950s Maritime theme glazed printed fabric, with sailing ships and nautical designs, Barque "Strathdon" of Aberdeen, Topsail Schooner Lanisly of Penzance etc on green ground, 129cm wide x 14m long.
Sold £220

A piece of fabric, "Sabines" designed by John Drummond, 1958, A Time Present Fabric, 127cm wide x 2m 50cm long.
Sold £160

A roll of A Time Present Fabric "Queen of Spain", designed by Michael Taylor for Hull Traders Ltd, A Cotton Board Design Award, in black and white.  130cm wide x 20 metres 80cm long.
Sold £280

A piece of screen printed cotton, "Legend" for Edinburgh Weavers, 1963 by Alan Munro Reynolds (1926-2014)  58cm wide x 188cm long.
Sold £380

A piece of heavy weave fabric, "Warriors" designed by Dame Elisabeth Frink in 1960, for Edinburgh Weavers, in brown and cream, 123cm x 99cm.
Sold £500

East Boldon Scarecrow Festival 2022

Woooo 🎉🥳 Boldon Auction Galleries have taken first place in the Business Entry Section 🥇 thank you @friendsofeastboldonparks for letting us participate in such a fun event #scarecrowfestival #boldonauctionsbestbits

Paddington Bear's Northern Adventure 2022

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's Scarecrow Festival - here are some of our favourites:

We have been thrilled to join in every year - here are our Scarecrows through the years!

Harry Potter and the Saleroom of Secrets 2021

Spiderman Far From Home 2019

Lot One The Auctioneer 2018