Violin Hits the Right Note at Charterhouse Auction

. July 28, 2008

A violin which was expected to sell for just a few hundred pounds sold for £2,300 in the Charterhouse July auction.

violin.jpg“We had a good deal of enquiries from dealers and collectors on the telephone and via our web site.” Commented Naomi Grabham. “On the day, it sold to a London specialist who lives in the West Country bidding against a bank of telephone bidders and another dealer in the saleroom.”

Also in the sale of nearly 1,000, two cello bows, from a Wiltshire home, sold for £1,500, two Italian gouache paintings which were initially entered as part of a large lot but soon identified by the auctioneers as being much more valuable, sold for £2,500 & £1,700 with strong telephone bidding from Italy, a group of David Roberts lithographs £1,100, a Caucasian rug, which attracted seven hopeful telephone bidders sold for £1,800, and a pair of late 18th century mahogany dining chairs, originally with arm and having been extensively repaired sold for £1,080.

However, this has not been the only sale for the Dorset auctioneers in July, as they held their classic cars, motorbikes & automobilia sale just a week before.

“These sales are immensely popular and are the leading sales in the West Country.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The threat of occasional showers did not deter the 500 or so people who turned up on the day and when we had a shower it certainly did not dampen their bidding!”

Top price in the sale which totaled over £150,000, was a Jaguar XK 150 at £27,000 to a client who was looking to enjoy the vehicle now he has retired, although it looks like he will be a busy chap as he also purchased a 1939 Sunbeam Talbot 10 for £9,500 and two motorbikes! Also in the sale a 1939 Hillman 14 Saloon, which had been owned by the vendor for the last 45 years, sold to a new home London for nearly £3,000, a 1974 Triumph Stag £6,000, a 1991 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo £12,600, a Jaguar roadster for restoration £16,650, a 1957 Series 1 Land Rover £3,600, and in the automobilia section, two petrol pump globes totaled £1,875 and a six person pic-nic hamper nearly £1,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming two day August auction of Beswick & Royal Doulton, silver, jewellery and watches with a specialist section of wine, port and spirits. They are also now accepting entries for their classic cars, motorbikes & automobilia auction on 20th September for which they have already been instructed to sell some important items such as a rare Triumph Monte Carlo, owned by the same family from 1951 and which has been restored to its former glory at £30,000-40,000. To arrange a free home visit throughout the West Country, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell, Partner at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS, 01935 812277.

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