An antique chest of drawers discovered in a local garage was one of the many star lots at the Plymouth Auction Rooms antique sale this week. The walnut and oyster veneered chest from the William and Mary period was discovered by valuer Paul Keen under a blanket in a garage in Plympton. “The chest had a stunning colour and patina” said Paul. The auction saw a bid battle from online and telephone bidders with the winning bid at an impressive £5,600 (almost £7,000 with auction fees).
“I was amazed at the online bid price before it started, and I am totally bowled over that it sold for this amount!! Thank you so much for all your hard work and time promoting which I’m sure really helped.” – From the owner. (Read more here)
The sale saw impressive bidding for a collection of silver, including a Victorian silver combination desk clock which sold for an impressive £2,000, and a rare 18th century silver candle stand by Joseph Preedy sold for £1,100. A few lots later another item made ten times its estimate. From a South Hams property was a rare 19th century sailors whale bone pictorial carving. This was expected to sell for a few hundred but specialist collectors from as far as the US and London thought otherwise, and bidding soared to ten times its estimate at £3,200 (£4,000 with sale fee’s). (Read more here)
Many other lots were in high demand at the sale from satinwood furniture to scientific instruments; even a gold charm bracelet soared past its estimate and brought a sale price of £1,400. You can view all the Sale Results from that auction here.