Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Results that defy the credit crunch

Above: At Sworders/Olivers in Sudbury on November 11th the target for collectors was the well known and very desrable sign claiming Bovril Makes Contented Cooks, picturing a Highland cow peering at a jar of Bovril and saying "Alas! My poor brother". Six bidders on the phone lines competed against two in the room, dashing all hopes any of them may have had of snapping up the sign anywhere near its £50-£80 estimate. It finally sold at £2600 to a collector who had journeyed from Blackburn for the sale.

Above: An RSPCA sign (51cm x 54cm) with an estimate of £150-£200 sold for a surprising £1700 at Clevedon Salerooms near Bristol on December 4th, when two determined collectors in the room pushed prices way beyond estimates.

Above: A rare example of a Barnard Bishop and Barnard cast-iron chair to a design by Thomas Jeckyll was sold at Tennants. It smashed the £100-£150 estimate to make £7000.


Clevedon Salerooms


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