£40 statue sells for over £11,000
MURMERS of surprise echoed around a Driffield saleroom on Friday when a cast metal figure of an Eastern deity sold for more than £11,000 - against a pre sale estimate of just £30 to £40.
Staff at Dee Atkinson and Harrison had been alerted to the potential of lot 160 when multiple requests for condition reports flooded in from all over the world.
But nothing could have prepared them for what happened on the day.
Saleroom manager Pippa Whiteley said: “The lot consisted of a cast metal figure of an Eastern deity and a copper hanging bowl – on initial inspection no different to hundreds of others that have passed through the saleroom and estimated at £30 to £40.
“As the bidding got underway, the internet took over with a fury of bids from China and Taiwan, racing through the £5,000 and £10,000 barriers to final finish at £11,100 – yet another indication of the power of the internet and the benefit of live online auctions.”
The sale formed part of the first Antique and Fine Art Auction of 2013 at The Exchange.
A small silver section started the sale. The highest price was for a relatively modern collection of 14 sets of Danish Christmas spoons and forks, weighing in at 41ozs. They realised £700. A William IV cream jug and sugar bowl sold for £410, a 1925 Art Deco green enamelled dressing table clock achieved £250 and a pair of late Victorian candlesticks £200.
The jewellery section was dominated by a 2003 gentleman’s 18ct gold Breitling wristwatch, an unwanted bequest which had originally cost £28,000. It sold for £7500. A large aquamarine and diamond ring sold for £1900 and a pearl and diamond cluster ring webnt for £650. An 18ct gold and diamond brooch in the form of a horse made £370 and a 9ct gold charm bracelet £670.
Miscellaneous items included a 19th Century gilt wood wall mirror at £450, a small collection of walking canes and sword sticks at £100 to £160Chinese items again performed well in both the traditional and modern ceramics sections with an early ginger jar selling for £450 and another brightly enamelled jar £240.
The Objets d’art section was next to create excitement worldwide when an early 20th Century boxed set of six travelling beakers, carved wood with silver linings, resulted in another frenzied internet battle and a final bid of £3,300.#
Clocks and furniture started with a late 18th/early 19th Century stick barometer at £850, a French marble clock garniture £300 and an 18th Century London longcase clock £900. Furniture buyers were very selective with two early 19th Century dressers selling for £520 and £680. The sale concluded with pictures and a Dame Laura Knight pencil sketch of a kneeling man sold for £700,
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