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Busy July at Charterhouse Auctioneers

July can be a time when some auctioneers slow down, but not so at Charterhouse where they have two major specialist sales.

First up it their specialist auction of classic cars, motorbikes an automobilia (on the A30 near Milborne Port) at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne on Saturday 12th July. As the West Country’s leading such specialist auctioneers in this field, they have amassed over 60 cars and motorbikes ranging from Morris Minors to Rolls Royce’s.

bentley.jpgThe star of the sale is a 1936 Park Ward bodied Bentley drop head coupe at £60,000-70,000 followed by a Jaguar XK 150 Se £26,000-28,000. There are also interesting restoration project such as the 1962 Jaguar E Type roadster at £60,000-19,000. For the more adventurous, there is a race prepared Jaguar S Type, which has had some £48,000 spent on its race development at Sigma Engineering, Gillingham, but now estimated at £8,500-10,000, and a modern classic in the from of a flagship Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL which was originally supplied to the Sultan of Brunei at £3,500-4,000. Viewing for this sale is on Friday 11th July 10-7 and on the saleday from 9am. Catalogues are available from Charterhouse 01935 812277 or on their web site

Next up is the Charterhouse auction if pictures where an oil painting by George Campbell, one of Ireland’s most pre-eminent painters of landscape and still life, which was bought a couple years ago for just a few hundreds of pounds is now estimated at £30,000-40,000 when it goes under the hammer at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset of Friday 18th July.

“I supposed it is everyone’s dream to make such a discovery. Every day dealers, collectors and novice’s scour through car boot sales, auctions and house clearances looking for such a discovery.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It bought in a West Country auction in an un-catalogued auction which had no presence on the internet and had seemed to slip through the net until it was recognised as being quite an important work by a major Irish artist by our vendor.”

George Campbell, was born in Arklow, Co. Wicklow in 1917 and was the son of the highly respected artist Gretta Bowen. He started painting in the early 1940’s in response to the bombing of Belfast. In 1951, he visited Spain and the country had such a pronounced effect on him that he returned there on painting trips for most successive years.

Viewing for the Charterhouse auction of over 1,000 lots of pictures, books and antiques is on Wednesday 16th July 10-4 & Thursday 17th July 10-7.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of specialist auctions including Beswick & Royal Doulton on 14th August followed on the 15th by silver, jewellery and watches with a specialist section of wine, port and spirits. 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.