22/09/2017 Latest News, Antiques
A stunned silence fell across the salerooms in Carmarthen this week when a small bronze Buddha smashed its estimate to open at £10,000 online and finally sell to mainland China for £17,000. These surprises do occur with the worldwide reach of internet bidding but this has been a special result for a small item.
Overall a very varied catalogue and particularly busy day in the saleroom saw some encouraging results across many areas; even furniture (still such good value) showed some improvement. The top seller after the little bronze Buddha was a gold sovereign bracelet which made £4560*. This was followed by a rosewood Steinway Grand Piano with a few problems, that was sold to a local buyer at £3600*
An unusual 17th Century Armada chest generated competition up to a final sale price of £1560*. The watch section was led by a Patek Phillippe open faced fob watch that made £1260*. Other watches performed well, including a small steel 1940’s Rolex which made £600*. Art was led by an Aneurin Jones conte crayon picture at £1200*, a lovely French champlevé enamel carriage clock realised £1130* and an intricate pair of Irish silver coasters came in at £1080*.
Two classic cars found new homes; a little 1959 Ford Prefect local to Carmarthen fetched £1800* and a 1969 Triumph 1300 Saloon from Pembrokeshire made £1440 *Both represent great value as vintage starter cars. At the end of the sale just before the classic cars a collection of three horse drawn vehicles made £1680. This actually seems a good buy for somebody though no horses were included!
Entries are already coming in for our next quarterly sale in December, including a large painting collection from Pembrokeshire. Our next fortnightly auction will be on the 4th October and will include a modern Mercedes Estate car and sporting shotguns.
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