A late 20th century acanthus and shell-carved mahogany armchair with dolphin arms sold for £8600 when the contents of the Isle of Man home of watchmaker George Daniels were dispersed by Murrays in Douglas.

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The late 20th century armchair with dolphin arms that sold for £8600 at the sale of watchmaker George Daniels’ collection at Murrays in Douglas, Isle of Man.

The Daniels chair had been estimated at £300-500 but, as it is known from a number of photographs showing the horologist at work, it generated plenty of interest.

The buyer was Winchester dealer Gerald Marsh Antique Clocks. Director Darrell Dipper told ATG: "George has been an inspiration to many of us at GE Marsh. Although we do not sell furniture we could not pass up the chance of buying this unique piece."

The chair is for sale and will shortly be available to view at Gerald Marsh.

As with previous Daniels sales, proceeds from the house contents auction on July 26, that more than trebled hopes, will go to The George Daniels' Educational Trust supporting those wishing to make a career from horology in the UK.

The buyer's premium) was 15%