November’s Auction and the BBC
Posted in: News on December 4, 2018.
The November sale at Dawson’s proved to be a memorable one with superb results, the presence of the BBC television cameras and a touching reunion bought about by the sale of a painting.
We were delighted to host the BBC Bargain Hunt team who visited our Berkshire saleroom, filming the pre-sale discussion feature with our auctioneer and managing director Aubrey Dawson on Friday’s view day, ahead of filming fantastic results in Saturday’s auction. The teams competed for the best profit, hosted by Charles Ross, with the contestants paired up with David Harper who was pitted against Danny Sebastian.
Our usually busy saleroom was filled to the rafters as hundreds of our neighbours and local clients visited to witness the on-camera action which delivered the usual mix of surprise triumphs and hard-fought losses.
All of this took place on a very exciting sale day which championed some fine discoveries made by our team of specialists over recent weeks. These included a 1920’s Ner-A-Car motorcycle (discovered in a local barn) which went on to sell for a remarkable £7,500. Another such discovery was a collection of Indian Mughal and Arabic illustrations. Hidden in a cupboard of a Belgravia apartment which had belonged to a late studio potter that toured the east throughout the early – mid 20th century for artistic inspiration, collecting as she went. On our advice, having been separated into several lots, they sold for a collective £7,000.
Another excellent result was achieved as lot 70, an oil painting by the regarded British artist Harry Brooker ‘A New Dress For Dolly’ sold for £2,700. This impressive price for this artist however, is not the end of the story. Consigned for sale from a Hampstead home that has held the piece in the family for decades, the tale of who bought it next is quite remarkable. Through the use of our proactive online marketing, the present-day owner of the artist’s grandson’s house spotted our catalogue listing. Beating determined competition from dealers and other collectors, our buyer was successful in repatriating the painting back into the family home of the artist. What heightens the tale even more is that the buyer, who had been aware of the existence of this painting for many years, also owned the very same table depicted in the image when it was painted over a century ago – with the work now hanging above the very table it was painted beside all those years ago, a memory of a now distant Edwardian childhood wonderfully brought back to life.
Over 600 lots of Fine Art and Antiques went under the hammer, for yet another very successful sale for our vendors and buyers alike. We are now consigning for our monthly auctions in 2019, so do please get in touch or call in for a free, no obligation valuation.