After an absence of over thirty years, Lichfield hosted its first major auction at Richard Winterton’s newly opened Saleroom just behind the historic market place, (12th/13th December).

A packed room and the internet buzzing with buyers around the globe – from New Zealand to Bulgaria, from Germany to Singapore resulted in a high selling rate with most Lots exceeding their pre-sale estimates.

The former Linford’s site recently purchased by the Richard Winterton Auctioneers has been transformed into a state of the art auction centre. The inaugural two-day Fine Art & Collectors’ Sale offered selected quality antiques and twentieth century collectables of which the Auctioneers are renowned.

Day one included articles from the vast collection of the late Dr Singh of Sutton Coldfield. Dr Singh (1928-2012) had a passion for antiques and travelled far and wide to fulfil this passion. The Sale was a tribute to his collection and highlights included Lot 42, a belle époque silver and enamel table casket at £580. Lot 13, a green patinated bronze of a lioness after George Gardet brought £400. Elsewhere in the Dr Singh collection, Lot 84 a Meissen shepherd and shepherdess figure group sold to a telephone bidder for £500 and Lots 167 and 168 two oil paintings by Russian artist Konstantin Razumov totalled over £1,000.

The Collectors’ section also generated some impressive results. Notably Lot 431, two Crimea War medals at £600. The Beatles provided the celebrity element with Lot 624, an autograph album with the signatures of all four members going to an internet buyer at £2,200.

Star of the sale was Lot 517, a nineteenth century Austrian silver and enamel ‘Historismus’ cornucopia. Discovered on a routine valuation day in Lichfield, this impressive work of art is thought to be the work of Hermann Boehm of Vienna dating from the 1880’s. No maker’s marks were to be found but this clearly did not put off potential buyers who were satisfied with its authenticity. Although bearing old restorations and some damage, it had the added bonus of the original fitted case. Commission, internet, room and telephone bidders battled it out with the gavel eventually falling to the latter, a UK buyer for £7,000.

The next Fine Art & Collectors’ Sale will take place on 13th February with entries closing on 30th January. The sale will include a fine collection of early hammered coinage and early phonographs and wax cylinders.

For further details please contact Adrian Rathbone, Fine Arts Manager on 01543 251081 or email [email protected]

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