A Cabinet of Curiosities: including an Important Natural History Collection

A Cabinet of Curiosities: including an Important Natural History Collection

Date: Wed, 10th Aug 2022 12:00
Lots: 199

Strong prices were achieved for singular rarities in this, our inaugural Cabinet of Curiosities Auction.

The backbone of this most unusual sale was formed by a private Highland collection of natural history, with these important pieces selling for record sums. A rare quadruple sea lily crinoid dating to the Jurassic period made £5,750 on the hammer, whilst a Gibeon meteorite of good and attractive form fetched £5,000, and an unusual nest of six Hadrosaur eggs were snapped up at £4,200.

Fine books also permeated the auction, with the best sellers being a set of five of Andrews’ Botanist Repository at £1,300, and an important copy of the pre-Darwinian On Naval Timber by Patrick Matthew at £1,300.

A spy was amongst us too, with the early Demon Detective Camera produced by the American Camera Co. in the 1880s making £1,500, as well as a gold digger, a prospector’s blowpipe kit by Fletcher & Sons making £800.

This sale was such a rip roaring success, another is currently scheduled for February of next year. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, send details to our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form, or call us on 0141 810 2880.