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Bat out of heaven...

8th July 2022

Eager bidding from the first lot to the last ensured that Lawrences recorded a host of high prices in the Summer Fine Jewellery auction on July 7th.

A collection of pocket watches realised £16,775 with the top price being paid for an 18ct gold half hunting cased watch by Daniel Desbois, 1908, that made £1750. A silver cased pocket chronometer by Thomas Earnshaw, fitted with the Earnshaw Spring Detent escapement, dated from c.1800 and doubled hopes of £5000 to tick up a winning bid of £11,250. Two Rolex wristwatches showed their dependable popularity: a steel Date-Just Turnograph Automatic Chronometer making £5250 and an Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller making £7500.

Precious stones commanded consistently good prices: an emerald five stone ring soared to ten times its estimate and made £4250; a Georgian gold and gem set cluster ring more than doubled hopes of £1500 to make £3500; an Art Deco diamond bracelet also made £3500; a diamond bow brooch made £5500; an Edwardian emerald and diamond ring made £7500 and a Georgian diamond flowerhead brooch with a central diamond measuring just under 9mm made £11,875. A long necklace or sautoir  of seed pearls and diamonds made £6000 against an estimate of £2000-3000.

A historical revival pearl and portrait miniature necklace set with three Royal portraits and in a fitted case by D. S. Lavender of London made £8125 but the sale’s top price was paid for a Victorian diamond brooch in the form of a bat, set with old-cut and rose-cut diamonds. Just 6cm wide, this attracted fierce online bidding and no fewer than a dozen telephone bidders. In the bright sunshine of a perfect summer day, this bejewelled creature of the night flew to a remarkable £20,000.

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5 stars

“Congratulations on what looked like a very successful sale ! You never mentioned that you did the auctioneering as well ... talk about doing the whole job ... see it into the building, find out what it is, decide if it’s for the Fine Art sale or the General Sale, lot it and describe it accordingly, and then sell it ... that really does count as seeing the job through from start to finish! Whilst the job isn’t over yet, it really is a case of so far, so good ... some items have sold for sums that exceeded our expectations, with one item in particular fetching a truly remarkable sum, so we’re very happy indeed... we’ve noted how accurate the guide prices are ... and how gratifying it is when the bidding goes sailing past the guide ! I found the whole week to be both gripping entertainment and pleasingly rewarding financially. Please accept my sincerest congratulations for a job well done, and we’ll look forward to the October and November Sales with bated breath ...”

Andrew P

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