2019 Annual Review

20/12/2019     Welsh Art, Latest News, Vintage Vehicles


That was the year that was and didn’t if just fly by! Whilst trying to forget the traumas of Autumn 2018, we must remember we were out of action well into the New Year of 2019. With the refurbishment being completed sales started later in January, although we were without central heating for another two months!


Once sales recommenced they came thick and fast as usual, every fortnight throughout the year, with highlights in most. However we had to wait until the last auction in December for the top price of the year, when a rusty old tin plate sign smashed expectations to realise nearly £12,500 including premium! It had nearly been thrown away by its subsequently gobsmacked vendor!


The year has been one of great variety with leading prices being in all sorts of areas and as has been the case in recent years, nearly 50% of all lots have been sold online and dispatched to all corners of the UK and the world. This variety makes the salerooms a fascinating place to work and really keeps us on our toes!


The trade in Classic Bikes and Cars has slowed a little this year but we sold a restored 1970 Triumph Bonneville for £8000*and a 1972 Honda K2 750 for £5000*. A 1968 Morris Mini car requiring restoration surprised us by making £4000*. Welsh art, particularly 20th Century works continued to be very strong with top price going to a Donald McIntyre study of a Pembrokeshire farm making £4500*. Traditional Victorian art continued to be hard going but in contrast a Lowry print of Salford Park made £2500*.


Furniture is still a big problem and offers massive opportunities to those who have space and taste! All sales have great pieces which continue to fetch such reasonable prices.


Other results of note during the year include; a Bald Eagle by a Welsh Taxidermist that realised £3650*, a silver table centre vase at £3600*, a pair of 18th Century ivory relief panels made £3300*, a diamond solitaire ring at £3000*, a Patek Phillipe gold wristwatch made £2700* and a signed The Beatles ‘White Album’ LP at £2500*.


Huge variety across such a wide cross section of categories was certainly the theme of 2019 rather than individual spectacular lots and that is perhaps the norm in a busy provincial Auction House such as ours.


We all wonder now how Brexit will affect trade and certainly it may cause a few issues short term, perhaps with our Irish buyers particularly. On the other side of the coin we do trade around the world and a better exchange rate might encourage our foreign buyers. We also hope that furniture will continue to improve as people realise what good value items are out there.


As usual we hit the ground running in the New Year with our first sale of 2020 being Wednesday 8th January at 9.30am. We continue throughout the year every two weeks from then on so come and see us!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Nigel Hodson

Peter Francis Auctioneers


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