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Bellmans Auctioneers have hosted the biggest and most successful series of Fine Auctions in their thirty year history, which between the Sussex and Winchester auctions realised over £1million. The sale included antiques, interiors, collectables, Asian art, paintings, books, silver and jewellery and more, and each saleroom was elevated by the inclusion of several notable specialist collections.
The Sussex clock department’s bi-annual Fine auction, which included ninety nine clocks, barometers and scientific instruments, saw outstanding results including lot 759, a fine William III walnut and foliate marquetry longcase clock by John Williamson, Leeds, circa1700, which carried a pre-auction estimate of £10,000-15,000 and was sold for £16,000. ‘The Pakenham Arnold’ (lot 706), a rare eight-day mantel chronometer by John Roger Arnold, London, No. 619, circa 1830, also lit up the room, selling for £5,000.
Also making music in Sussex was a single owner collection of eight fine and rare guitars, including lot 876, a ten string French guitar by Jean Henri Naderman dating from 1772, which proved the most desirable, with the hammer going down at £3,700. The collection cumulatively realised over £13,000; much to the delight of the local vendor, who had consigned the pieces at one of Bellmans’ bi-weekly open valuation days.
Jewellery again realised some exceptional prices across both salerooms, delighting buyers and sellers alike. Notable successes included a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona bracelet wristwatch, which surpassed its guide price to realise £6,900, and a classic pair of Tiffany & Co diamond ear studs sold for £4,300. Jonathan Pratt, Bellmans Managing Director, commented that “we are thrilled with the results of our series of Fine Auctions this month; as the largest regional auction house in the South of England, collectors gather at Bellmans to buy and sell a remarkably wide variety of beautiful objects, from pictures through to clocks and jewellery. With a new style of catalogue and website, lots are displayed and sold to achieve their full potential, and the Autumn Fine Auctions were exciting and great fun for buyers and staff alike; possibly a rarity today. We are looking forward to the full calendar of Interiors and Fine Art auctions at both salerooms, already planned for next year”.
Bellmans Sussex are hosting their next Interiors auction series on 5th – 7th December, which, appropriately for a pre-Christmas sale, will include the popular bi-monthly wine and spirits collection. Bellmans Winchester's next auction is on 12th December, and features an unusual Toys, Golliwogs and Collectables section.
Bellmans' full series of 2018 auctions can be viewed online at www.bellmans.co.uk.