The superb auction results and high prices achieved in our series of Winter Auctions, were at levels not experienced for over twenty years.
The question was, would this continue into January 2021?
At our sale on the 28th the answer was most definitely, so far yes. Our Fine Art, Prints & Drawings and Furniture Departments both achieved sell through rates of over 90%. Whilst viewing was not available ‘in the room’, detailed condition reports and personal face to face zoom calls with our expert valuers ensured our clients had the confidence to bid strongly online. Over 1,000 buyers from 17 countries specifically registered for the sale, across our 4 live bidding platforms. The sale took 9 ½ hours (!) and included contents from a large private estate near Windsor, a letter from Lord Nelson and items from the estate of costume designer Patrick Wheatley, who worked with Steven Spielberg amongst illustrious others.
Lot 10: A large early 18th-century portrait of a nobleman with lace collar, reputedly John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale - £4,300 hammer
Lot 11: A 19th Century oil on canvas, portrait of a military officer in uniform - £2,700 hammer
Lot 17: A 19th Century oil on canvas, Lake District landscape - £1,000 hammer
Lot 53: Jean Kevorkian (b.1933) French, 'Nymphéas', an impressionist style view of a pond on a summer's day, oil on canvas - £800 hammer
Lot 59: Attributed to Alonso Sanchez Coello (1515-1590) Spanish, a portrait of a noblewoman, oil on copper - £1,400 hammer
Lot 74: Henry Moore (1898-2006), 'Child Playing at Mother's Knees', lithographic print - £750 hammer
Lot 75: Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), a pencil drawing on paper - £5,200 hammer
Lot 81: A theatrical costume design by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) - £950 hammer
Lot 89: Yves Saint-Laurent original 1950s hand-drawn theatrical costume/fashion sketch design - £4,800 hammer
Lot 111: George IV rectangular side table - £500 hammer
Lot 118: A Titchmarsh & Goodwin Queen Anne style walnut writing desk, with tooled leather writing surface - £1,100 hammer
Lot 125: An original Ritz (London) croupier’s baccarat card table, with gaming chips and related items, by John Huxley Gaming - £700 hammer
Lot 128: A pair of faux rouge marble effect pedestals / plinths - £1,200 hammer
Lot 149: A pair of large rectangular Aubusson style floral tapestries - £1,100 hammer
Lot 165: A pair of large Chinese porcelain vases and covers, Qing, 18th century - £1,900 hammer
Lot 302: A rare Chinese Canton carved natural and stained ivory figural chess set, 19th century - £1,100 hammer
Lot 475: An early 20th century medical-study partial human skeleton - £1,200 hammer
Lot 487: A letter from Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), to Post-Captain Charles Boyles (1756-1816) - £4,600 hammer
Lot 530: A Georgian walnut long case clock, the arched brass dial for Richard Holland, Coventry - £3,000
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