Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Flagstone record at Gaze's

Above: Carved sandstone grave relief of a skull, 17th/18thC, £277

Above: 20sqyds of coursed York flags sold for a record £2,905

Above: 70ins Victorian marble bath, top lot at £5,040

Above: Lenin sells for £1065

Diss, Norfolk UK - 'THERE was light drizzle all day,' Carl Willows said, referring to the architectural salvage sale of T W Gaze on 18 August 2007, 'but stock market jitters seemed to be having a discernible impact, even though garden benches which had been struggling at other Gaze sales this year went very well, one lot of York stone flagstones sold for £145 which broke our auction flagstone record, and a Victorian marble bath used by young Japanese ladies doubled its estimate to become the sale's top lot at £5,400 inc premiums and vat selling to the UK trade with a US underbidder.'

At a time when Christie's has shunted its buyer's premium to 25 per cent, and many provincial UK auction houses have pushed theirs up to 15 per cent, Gaze has this year held its buyer's premium at 10 per cent. It's seller's premium is 10 per cent on lots up to £500, and 5 per cent above that.

The next Gaze sale is the Rural and Domestic Bygones on Saturday 8th September at which Mr Willows says, 'There will be the usual old mix . . . and this time some nice handcarts consigned by Mr. Peter Watson of Cox's Yard in Gloucestershire.'

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