THE London coin auction is indeed evolving. We have the announcement by Stephen Fenton of the birth of St James’s Auctions. Their first sale is scheduled for Wednesday October 13 at the De Vere Cavendish Hotel in Jermyn Street. It seems that this promises to be a very prestigious sale.
During the First World War there was a lawyer named Robinson
(there are no further details at the moment) and he bought only the
best English gold coins. He made several purchases in the
celebrated Red Cross sale at Christie's in 1915 and continued to
buy until the beginning of the Great Depression (c.1928) mainly at
Sotheby's and Glendinings. There was nowhere else in London
at that time. It is worth noting that this sale will bring to the
market coins which have not been available for study by any living
savant; consequently previously unheard of prices may be
St James's Auctions are working in collaboration with
Baldwin's Auctions Ltd as far as cataloguing and sale
administration is concerned.
It has already been reported in the Antiques Trade Gazette that
Bloomsbury Auctions (24 Maddox St., London W1S 1PP) are to open a
numismatic auction department. Their first sale is scheduled for
Monday, October 11 following the Coinex annual London exhibition at
the end of the previous week. A busy autumn is in store.
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