A sale at Chippenham Auction Rooms had to be cancelled after thieves broke in overnight by removing tiles from the roof.
The Wiltshire firm is appealing for the trade to be on the
look-out for items that may have come from the raid at their Ivy
Road address. All of the gold and silver objects about to be
offered in the November 9 antiques and collectables were taken,
along with a significant amount of the Chinese ceramics, a special
feature of the auction.
Objects stolen include a five stone diamond ring set in 18ct
gold, an 18ct gold jet and diamond ring, the jet set with eight
diamonds in the form of a flower, and from the Oriental section a
Chinese 12th/13th Century SongYuan Qingbai dish depicting a
phoenix, estimated at £200-£400, and a 13th century Chinese
Song/Yuan bowl, believed to be worth over £600.
But the saleroom said that the robbers actually missed some of
the best items from the Oriental section and these were set to be
offered in a replacement auction on November 16.
Principal auctioneer Richard Edmonds said: ""We hope that by
getting this information out there the perpetrators can be caught.
We have also circulated pictures of all the items taken throughout
the industry so if there is an attempt to sell them the police will
be notified immediately.
"It is a real shame when things like this happen but we are able
to put on a sale this Saturday [16th] which I am sure
will be a success."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 728295.
The incident number is 10977 and the case was being investigated by
DC 2215 Debbie Hatch of Melksham CID.