06/02/2014 : WATCH OUT FOR MIGHTY MILITARY MARVELS........
Not even the glorious British weather could dampen the spirits of the buyers at Adam Partridge Liverpool’s latest auction.
It was standing room only as a packed crowd gathered to bid, and hopefully buy, one of the 600 lots on offer. The furniture sectioned kicked the auction off as usual and there were strong results for several pieces of 1970’s designer rosewood and chrome tables. A coffee table designed by Richard Young for Merrow associates set the bar when it sold for £520, and two smaller side tables achieved £280 and £300 respectively. It might not be as easy as it once was to sell 18th and 19th century furniture, but the market for 20th century pieces is stronger than ever.
The top three prices of the day all came in a large watch section. A local gentleman had collected a vast array of wrist and pocket watches, and we were offering part 1 of his collection in this sale. The top price of the day saw several internet bidders battle against 5 telephone lines and a number of commission bids before a collector in Holland paid £2250 to secure a group of six military issued WWII period watches. Amongst the group was an example by the prestigious makers IWC (International Watch Company), but the originality of all 6 of the watches combined with a huge interest in these military timepieces resulted in such a strong price. Just below this result was a silver cased pocket watch by the equally famous horological masters Vacheron & Constantin of Genève. It was slightly larger than normal and in excellent condition which saw another battle in the room before the gavel fell at £1600. With such big names in the watch world represented, we could not have passed the most famous of all – Rolex-, and here a ladies stainless steel example realised £1100 to a delighted telephone bidder.
Elsewhere in the sale, there was a large collection of silver which sold incredibly well, as well as nearly 80 lots of jewellery headed by a Diamond and peridot ring which made £540.
The next auction is on 5th and includes our biannual camera section. For details on this or any other matters please call the team on 01517098070.