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Lawrences’ enormous two day collectors’ auctions are consistently popular and the vast variety of lots on offer always ensures that the sales attract a crowd of bidders as well as many online buyers.
The 1100 lots on offer on one day on November 18th reflected this awesome diversity. Bidding was brisk: a large poster from a design by Terence Cuneo, printed in c.1959 for the centenary of the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash just tipped over its high estimate to take £1520. A rare Parisienne fashion doll probably by Huret, from c.1860-1880, also exceeded its hopes to make £1580. Further variety included a fine `Coco de Mer` polished nut, 26 x 25cm, that appealed to many and made £910 whilst a gramophone and wooden horn made by the `Gramophone Company` was bid to £1760. Collectable taxidermy included a mounted lioness head, shot by Captain R. C. Prior-Wandesforde in 1930, was hunted to £1030 and other items such as a leopard’s skin rug (£200), three cased owls (£520) and even an unusual pangolin (South African scaly ant eater, £290) showed the breadth of this field. Sporting items included bronzes, riding crops, hunting clothing, jewellery, walking sticks and vintage luggage: an incomplete Louis Vuitton trunk made £500.
Amongst a large number of lots of vintage and collectable textiles and fashion, a 1960’s Couture Future Courreges `Space Dress` in blue wool made £730, a long vintage black mink coat made £480, and a colourful embroidered Chinese wall hanging (over 9 feet high) made £790. For the collectors of historic textiles, a 17th Century embroidered pillow sham with colours still in largely unfaded condition made £1830 A tiny pair of child’s velvet slippers with coiled metal purl work dated from the same era and skipped to £320.
The day’s top price was paid for a Beatles magazine, signed in mid-1960’s by all four of the group. This had been found tucked within a box of vinyl albums donated to a local charity shop. After verifying the authenticity of all the signatures (since fakes, signed by members of staff at the fan club and elsewhere, are not uncommon), Simon Jones was the auctioneer when the hammer fell at £6470.
With over 200 years of combined experience, our Specialist Valuers will be available to value your antiques at our Head Office and Salerooms in CREWKERNE, EVERY MONDAY - 9.30am - 12.30pm.
Simon Jones (General Valuations & Collectors Items) and one of our Jewellery Specialists, will be available to value your items EVERY FRIDAY - 9.00am - 11.30am at The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, TAUNTON.
FREE HOME VISITS - Chris Flower will be in MINEHEAD on the LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH to value your antiques. Complete house contents and attic clearances arranged. Please call to make an appointment. Tel: 01460 73041.