07/04/2015 : Far from being an April Fool!
The 1st April sale at The Liverpool Saleroom had all the makings of being quite literally a ‘Record Breaking Sale’ and no-one was surprised when this indeed proved to be the case.
The highest price of the day was realised by a very rare L.N.W.R. brass locomotive nameplate, as fitted to Claughton 4-6-0 “Ralph Brocklebank” and dated 1913. Named after a renowned local shipping magnate and one-time director of the London & North Western, it eventually sold to a telephone bidder for £6,600.
The extensive and never to be repeated collection of Sean Rice sculptures and watercolours formed the backbone of the sale, realising well in excess of £30,000. Of note were such individual pieces as a large mixed-metal figure of an ancient bearded man which sold for £1,400 and “Riot Policeman” nearly caused one, selling for £1250. The collection of over 130 Lots provided keen collectors with a wide choice, from finished bronzes to wax maquettes, watercolours, oils on canvas and even two of the artist’s work boxes with a selection of brushes & other tools!
Continuing with works by renowned local sculptors, a superb “Devil” bronze by Arthur Dooley had the bidders queuing-up, eventually selling for an excellent £5,200.
More traditional items on offer during the day included a good Art Nouveau mirror back sideboard which sold for £1500, an 18th century Italian centre table went for £1300 and a pair of beautiful Moorcroft Macintyre Florian ware candlesticks sold for a hammer price of £1050.
In the fine art section, a gouache by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe “Greenfinches on Blackberries” sold for £1650, whilst the pick of the bunch from a wonderful private collection of Victorian watercolours was a superb view of Snowdon by Warren Williams which sold for a very healthy £1100.
The latest specialist selection of Rock & Pop memorabilia also formed part of this sale and some quite staggering prices were realised by a good selection of musical instruments, vinyl, autographs and other ephemera. Proving that buyers are still on the lookout for rare and good collections, a quantity of singles on the ‘London’ & ‘Stateside’ labels sold for £1,300 a figure which marginally exceeded that for a full set of Beatles autographs which realised £1250. To end our news section on a high “note”, a lovely set of rosewood and ivory mounted bagpipes by Henderson of Glasgow, played at the 1966 Football World Cup semi-final match at Goodison Park found a new and proud owner for the sum of £780.
For all you Beatles collectors, make a date in your diary for early fireworks on the 4th November when we will be proud to offer for sale the now legendary “Lost Tape”!
Our next sale on the 6th May, timed to coincide with the visit of the three Cunard Liners to the city later in the month, features a specialist maritime section. For information on this or for any other enquiries please contact the team on 0151 709 8070.