Is summer a good time to sell at auction?

Posted in: Works of Art & Furniture
Posted on: 19 June 2014
Is summer a good time to sell at auction? YES! Summer at McTear's is a very busy time for buyers and sellers. Check out this week's results...

The Silver Auction kicked off June Auction Events Week with a bang. John Pinches collectable silver ingots proved a popular choice at the auction, with three cased sets selling above the higher estimate. The ‘1000 Years of British Monarchy’ set (lot 4) was especially sought after and the hammer finally fell at £850. Provincial silver remains a sure thing at The Silver Auction, as lot 36 shows – the Aberdeen horn snuff mull was much admired and sold at an impressive £560. One may be forgiven for passing over the simple teaspoon, but lot 88A made everyone sit up and take note! The rare Peterhead teaspoon stormed away at £950 to a UK buyer.

The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction was just as exciting, and Royal Doulton was a flavour of the day. Lot 103 was a stunning pair of pedestal vases and covers, which attracted attention before the auction and sold on the day above estimate at £260. Quick on their heels was the limited edition Royal Doulton Dickers pitcher which, with its gorgeous character decoration, flew out the saleroom at £360. Royal Worcester was similarly well represented and lot 117 fetched a delightful £320 hammer. ‘Traditional’ porcelain was the talk of the saleroom, when the two Meissen lots made their appearance. Lot 139 came first. The pair of female figures brought much competition in the room, live online and on the telephone. Poland finally won them at £850 hammer. Lot 141 followed and the single male figure was snapped up by the same international buyer at £300.

Anyone attending or tuning into The Furniture, Works of Art & Collectables Auction on Tuesday evening (17th) could not have missed the buzz surrounding lot 264, a seven medal group boasted the Edward VII Africa General Service Medal and Constabulary Medals, among other exciting examples. Pre-auction interest suggested the medals would do well, but telephone, internet and room bidding brought the lot to a conclusion at £850 hammer. Winging their way to Moscow, the live online bidding facility proves the international appeal of McTear’s Auction Events Weeks. A collection of railway posters also found new homes at the auction, with the Southend-On-Sea poster (lot 285) going to a buyer down south at £280. Also of note was lot 293, the gorgeous Ayres rocking horse which caught the eye of old and young bidders alike, and sold above estimate at £380. Let’s finish on a high with the Bard himself, Rabbie Burns. The George Anderson Lawson bronze (lot 325) was perhaps the most admired lot prior to the auction and the man himself sold to a Scottish buyer for £3800 hammer. ‘There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing’, as the Bard himself said; and he sure was a sure thing!

With so many Hammer Highlights, the above read as only a sample. Please enjoy perusing the auction results and finding more for yourself!

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