07/08/2012 : Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers August Sale
No cliffhanger as Clarice works her magic......
Despite the distractions of Great Britain's athletes winning numerous medals at the Olympic Games, a packed saleroom saw our latest auction set some records of its own. Winning gold was a collection of Clarice Cliff pottery which was sold in 18 lots. The highest price was £960 paid for a stunning abstract designed vase, typicaly decorated in bright garish colours, exactly what the collectors of this popular potter are looking for. Two other vases realised £700 and £580 respectively and the collection brought a total of £4230.
Items requiring restoration are often tricky to sell, and Lot 376, a 19th century blond tortoiseshell tea caddy, was in need of a lot of TLC to bring it back to life. This didn't put off the buyers however, and with veneers lifting, splits to the tortoiseshell, missing feet and damaged lids, it was fiercely fought to a hammer price of £500. There was certainly nothing wrong with the condition of Lot 104, a large Victorian Gothic revival cuckoo clock. Of imposing form and in working order, again there was keen bidding leading it to achieve £640.
We all had our favourite games as children and mine was Subbuteo, I just wish I had kept my game in the condition of Lot 489. Games from the 1930's to 1970's are growing ever more popular with collectors who will dig deep to purchase memories of their childhood if they are in good order. The collection of boxed Subbuteo teams and accessories here were in near mint condition and this was the main factor in them making £400, it may be time to check the loft and see what games you've put away from your childhood!
Other strong results were £760 paid for a Hofner 6-string electric guitar and the same figure secured a diamond and emerald ring.