On March 6, amid a scrum of journalists and anoraks, Bonhams sold the Angels collection of stage and screen costume including Obi Wan Kenobi’s hooded cloak from the original Star Wars film, knocked down below expectations at £45,000.
On February 20, a similar sum was generated by a rather
different mix of buyers for this William IV mahogany partners'
pedestal desk at Tattersalls, Newmarket. It had been consigned from
a family trust in north Norfolk to Ely-based auctioneers Rowley's
alongside an £18,500 George III mahogany breakfront bookcase by
Henry Walker of Lancaster.
In addition to its obvious attributes, the desk carries two paper
labels to the frieze drawers for John Hilliam, Cabinet Maker and
Upholsterer, High Street, Stamford, one inscribed in ink 16 July
1833. Hilliam is recorded working in the Leicestershire stone town
between 1828 and 1841.
Estimated at £7000-10,000, his desk sold to a London dealer at
£39,000 (plus 17.5 per cent buyer's premium) against underbidding
from the room and 12 telephones.
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