“Exhausted but delighted” was Paul Keen’s first response when he came off the rostrum following two buoyant evening auctions this week with over 400 lots of art, jewellery and watches attracting bids from international and UK collectors.
There was standing room only for the art auction with many new young art collectors assembled amongst the established clients. Highlights included a collection of Beryl Cook signed editions raising over £7,000, a Jack Pender painting making £4,800 and near sell out of Robert Lenkiewicz art works with a real appetite once again for prints and drawings. Many modern British art works found new buyers including works by Kerry Darlington and more obscure graffiti and street artist including Zombiedan and Roamcouch. An original 1974 sketch design of the ‘Mr Sinister’ X Men comic by Liam Sharp sold well over its estimate with a hammer price of £1,900 to an online London bidder, Lot 116.
The jewellery and watch sale generated many high value sales with bidders online from as far as Hungary, California, and Guernsey. There was elation from some buyers in the room delighted to secure precious diamond bracelets and rings but also tears from one lady who got outbid on a special diamond ring. Sales included Lot 88, a stunning diamond bracelet for £3,800, Lot 164 an Art Deco style bracelet for £2,600, Lot 162 a pair of Edwardian diamond earring sat £1,300 and a diamond necklace for £2,800. The antique ornate pearl necklace, Lot 87, tripled its estimate to sell for £1,600 whilst the emerald and diamond bangle flew out to a London bidder for £1,300, Lot 151.
On to the watches and no surprise the Rolex led the way with sales of Datejust’s and Submariner watches. The pretty lady’s gold and diamond set watch, Lot 201, went well at £4,200 and the Jubilee dial ladies watch, Lot 208, went on valuation at £2,800.