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10/01/2013 : Brown Furniture Banishes January Blues.....

It has been said for several years that "brown furniture" is in the doldrums, and whilst the prices for some items are not at the same level as 20 years ago, the market still responds well to quality.

The first auction of 2013, and the first lot of 2013 certainly bucked this trend. Measuring just 3'6" wide, Lot 1 was a beautifully proportioned George II walnut and feather banded bachelorís chest with brushing slide and four long graduated drawers. Whilst the chest had had replaced handles, new back boards and was suffering a little from sunlight bleaching, it did retain it's original feet which added to the appeal. Two telephone bidders, the internet and two buyers in the room were all in the running to buy the chest before the hammer came down at £1500 to a determined first time bidder in the saleroom.

A feature of the first sale of the year were the new faces to the Liverpool rooms. Regulars from our Cheshire saleroom in Macclesfield had dug their passports out and ventured to the city, along with several new buyers keen to see the development of the saleroom.

The highest price of the day was achieved by a watch that James Bond would have been proud to own. It was a Breitling Emergency Mission watch, so called because of an in-built satellite navigation system that enables the owner to pull a pin on the watch and have a rescue helicopter guaranteed to come immediately to your aid! Aimed at explorers, climbers, skiers, sailors and mountaineers, the watch was purchased by a private client in Buckinghamshire for £1700!

Other notable results in the sale were a collection of toys and lead figures which were topped by £320 paid for a rare Whitanco clockwork tank, which is now on its way to New Zealand, as well as well as £230 for a Hornby train set.

The next sale in Liverpool is on Wednesday February 6th and entries are invited up until Wednesday January 30th.