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10/07/2012 : A look back at July's Auction

Blimey O'Riley!...July's Sale Report.

Classic vehicles have been making an appearance in recent months at Partridge & Bray, and following the successful sales of a Rolls Royce and Sunbeam motor cycle, the latest four wheeled success came in the shape of a 1951 Riley car. Discovered in a barn, not driven or taxed since 1980, and with a selection of various spare parts, a keen bidder in the room paid 2000 to take the project home.

The auction started with the furniture section and the top price was 1100 paid for a Victorian walnut chaise longue and matching chair disproving the misconception that Victorian "brown furniture" is in the doldrums.

The Beatles are never far away from any of our Liverpool sales, so when a vendor consined an autograph book to our Macclesfield saleroom which contained not only the Fab Four's signatures, but also Gerry and the Pacemakers, it took the ferry across the Mersey from Cheshire to find a local buyer in Liverpool at 990.

The best result of the day came with a pair of unusual oil paintings by the late Victorian/Edwardian artist William Gunning King. He was commissioned by the animal feeds company, Bibby, to produce a series of oils showing agricultural life, with each image showing a bag of Bibby Feeds. These oils are rare to come onto the market, and four telephone bidders battled the pair to a hammer price of 2600.

Our next auction is August 1st and entries are now being accepted.