BRINGING out the bidders in Banbury, this Indian Mughal carved ivory khandjar handle sold for £24,000 at Holloways' latest sale.
Offered at auction on June 30, the 6in (15cm) long handle, which
was modeled as a panther's head with a collar of bell-flowers and
raised palmetted decoration to the bifurcated hilt, was consigned
by a local Indian family, who had owned it for sometime, and was
estimated to sell for £1200-1500.
The handle was thought to date from the late 18th or early 19th
century and was in good condition, apart from some expected wear to
Nick Williams, owner of Holloways, told ATG: "Before the sale,
we thought it might make around £10,000, but I don't mind admitting
I never thought it would make as much as £24,000."
It attracted bidding from both trade and private buyers before
selling to a private online bidder from London via the-saleroom.com.
The buyer's premium was 17.5 per cent plus a three per cent levy
for online bidding.