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05/12/2013 : What a lot with Wonnacott......

The final auction of 2013 welcomed television cameras for the 5th time this year, with Tim Wonnacott and the Bargain Hunt team doing battle over a decidedly mixed array of collectables!

It was clear that none of the high prices were ever going to be troubled by the items brought in by the Bargain Hunt contestants, but they did witness some very strong results elsewhere in the sale. The top result was always going to be for a wonderful diamond ring. Set in platinum, the single solitaire stone weighed a whopping 3.5 carats, and drew plenty of pre-sale interest. Two bidders in the room battled hard before the hammer fell above the estimate for £5800.

Two of the stars of the sale were produced within just a few miles of the Liverpool saleroom. The first was a bronze figure by the noted artist Arthur Dooley titled “With hope in your heart”. It was modelled as a standing figure with arms aloft set with a red glass cabochon for a heart, and was the first of only three figures Dooley produced of this type. Two local private collectors fought hard before the winning bid came at £1150. From just over the Mersey in Birkenhead a Della Robbia vase also flew past its estimate of £150-£200. It was designed by one of the factories most interesting personalities – Cassandra Annie Walker and dated to 1898. The estimate reflected a large chip to the rim, however, the rarity of the design and factory resulted in several parties trying to secure the vase, before an internet bidder did just that for £840.

As ever, the silver and jewellery sections performed well, with an unusual collection of Mexican silver leading the way as well as some lovely pieces of jewellery no doubt heading for someone’s stocking this Christmas.

Adam Partridge would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients a happy and healthy Christmas and new year, and we look forward to seeing you at Liverpool’s premier auction house in 2014. Our first auction if on 8th January 2014 and please contact the team for further details.