13/11/2013 : Military Marconi Meets Music Maestro....
Our November auction was the most successful auction in our two years of operating a saleroom in Liverpool. A packed room of eager bidders were joined by David Dickinson and his "Real Deal" team, as well as nearly 1000 lots of antiques and collectors' items including a section of rock and pop memorabilia.
The top price of the day certainly set a few tongues wagging and ended with a round of applause for auctioneer Adam Partridge! It was a WWI period mahogany cased trench Marconi wireless telegraph in remarkable condition. The vendors had always remembered the set as being the same as the one used by their relative in the awful conditions of the trenches. These instruments are not uncommon, but the fact that this was a Marconi issue and in such untouched condition saw a telephone bidder do battle with a bidder on-line. The hammer finally fell at a staggering £3100!
Good concertinas are clearly like buses....not one was entered for the auction but two. The first was a Lachanel Edeophone, and three telephone bidders had registered to bid before one successfully secured the instrument for £1150. The very next lot was a Jeffries type in original leather case, and the same bidders fought hard before a different buyer dug deep to £2500 to take it home.
The Oriental market is still very strong as proved by the specialist Asian Art sale held in our Macclesfield saleroom on November 8th, however, there were more surprises in store for vendors at Liverpool with two Chinese items. The first was a carved ivory tusk measuring 62cm which lit up the internet as bidders in mainland China went head to head before the hammer fell at £2850. Shortly after this the same thing happened for two small Yixing teapots which smashed through their estimate to achieve £!200.
The rock and pop section was partly formed by a wonderful collection of items from David Gest, the music impresario and friend of Michael Jackson. Many personal items linking the two were offered with the cast iron provenance which is invaluable in this field. The top price in this section was £2000 paid for a signed Michael Jackson Fedora, followed by £1350 which secured a gold disk presented to The Beatles. Other notable results here were £880 for a collection of 1970's records, £760 for a contract signed by David Gest and The Jacksons and £600 for a group of signed concert programmes.
Our last sale of 2013 is on Wednesday 4th December and for further details please contact the office on 01517098070.