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LOTS GO SKY-HIGH AT FIRST SALE

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We are delighted to report that our inaugural sale on Sunday 24 March was a resounding success with many lots making headline figures. Bedale Hall was packed and hundreds of other people lined up to bid on the Internet or via the telephone.

One of the highlights was an exquisite Roman ring dating from the 2nd to 4th century that comfortably reached its price estimate of £5,000. Incorporating an oval carved intaglio depicting the Greek heroes Achilles and Patroclus, the ring was set within a heavy mount of coiled metal on a textured metal band and accompanied by an Oxford Labs Certificate certifying authenticity.

Another ring to dazzle on the day was a spectacular Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring that was finally knocked down for £4,500. Dozens of other pieces of fine jewellery also secured high prices at the sale.

Many items soared way above their valuations, including a silver and enamel Kovsh – a traditional drinking vessel/ladle from Russia – that sold for ten times its guide price of £300 - £500, with a hammer result of £5,000.

Other exciting bidding contests saw a pair of 19th century Bohemian painted and cut-glass table lustres exceed their price estimate of £300-£400 and sell for £1,400; and a Chinese blue and white prunus vase believed to be from the 18th century sold for eight times its guide price of £100-£200 at £800.

Similar results were seen in the sale’s collection of fine furniture. A handsome William IV mahogany partners’ writing desk with leather-inset top, valued at £200-£300, made a surprise sale at £3,400; and an Eames swivel leather chair and matching stool rose to £2,700, way above its initial valuation of £300-£400.

The sale’s fine art section also yielded some top results with an oil painting by Alfred Hitchens (1861-1942) entitled ‘House of Cards’ being knocked down for £6,000, exceeding its estimate of £1,500-£2,500. Another painting by Brian Shields ‘Braaq’ (1951-1997) depicting an industrial town scene in the snow sold nicely within its price estimate for £5,500.

Thank you to everyone who came along on the day, either as a buyer or just to offer their support. We were delighted by the keen level of interest and the exceptional standard of the lots themselves certainly led to some phenomenal prices.

Our next quarterly Fine Art, Antiques and Jewellery catalogue sale will take place on Sunday 23 June at Bedale Hall.

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