Magic Carpet Flies away at Charterhouse Auction

. November 25, 2007

A carpet which was estimated to sell for hundreds of pounds sold for a massive £11,000 at the Charterhouse auction in Sherborne on Friday 16th November.

“It was a classic tale. The West Country lady client was moving to be near her family in London and took advantage of the free home visit service we offer for help and advice with regard to selling antiques. Having consulted her family, and knowing what she could and could not accommodate, she then called us back to arrange collection. However, the carpet was an afterthought, and she really only mentioned it to our men when they were about to leave. Having owned it for many years, the pile was faded and worn so much so that she turned the carpet over to give it a new lease of life and really just wanted it taking away as she thought it to be of no value!” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, the funniest comment I heard was a client talking about the fact that he had just had his whole house re-carpeted for less than half the amount of the carpet we had just sold!”

On the day, there were several telephone bidders and dealers in the saleroom. Bidding in the saleroom started and two dealers fought away until about £4,000 when one of the telephone bidders from London stepped in and continued until he had secured the lot at £11,000. Elsewhere in the sale of nearly 1,100 lots and during which the film crew from Cash in the Attic were filming for programmes in the spring, a diamond solitaire ring sold for £5,800, an oak single chair, designed by Pugin and featured on the front of the catalogue which came from near Crewkerne, sold for £4,600, a pair of Faberge gold and diamond cufflinks £3,800, a pair of diamond solitaire earrings from a London client £3,000, and a Ray Eames chair and ottoman from Bournemouth £2,600.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their December auctions of classic cars, motorbikes & automobilia on 5th December, followed by a massive two day auction of sporting items including hunting, shooting and fishing on 13th December with clocks and collectors items including the dolls houses, on the 14th and their first sale in the NewYear of Beswick, Doulton and Pictures.

Category: Auction News

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