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Bonhams specialist Mark Oliver holds the Lalique ‘Alicante’ vase which was knocked down at an above-estimate £35,000 at Bonhams' Knightsbridge.

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Bonhams says the figure is an auction record for the parrot-head, triple-cased, green, mould-blown model designed in 1927. The estimate was £20,000-30,000.

Featuring an opalescent core, the piece is engraved 'R.Lalique France' and is typical of Lalique's experiments with coloured glass.

The vase was part of the collection belonging to businessman John Nemeth which was offered on February 21. The sale made a total of £570,638 including premium, with three quarters of the 211 lots selling.

Leading works

In a collection dominated by seals, car mascots, vases and paperweights, six out of the top 10 selling lots by value were vases. A Sauterelles vase, designed in 1913, made £18,000 hammer against an estimate of £4000-6000.

Among the car mascots in the collection, an opalescent Vitesse model designed in 1929, estimated at £15,000-25,000, sold for £13,500.

A turquoise glass Tête de Paon car mascot, 17.8 cms high, with the intaglio 'R LALIQUE' and 'FRANCE' in the groove, designed in 1928, sold for £13,000 against a £15,000-25,000 estimate.

But the highest-estimate car mascot, a very rare opalescent Chrysis model designed in 1931 and pitched at £30,000-50,000, failed to sell.

A unique Frise Monnaie Du Pape cire perdue or ‘lost wax’ vase, designed in 1920 and featuring what is believed to be René Lalique's thumbprint, was also unsold. It had an estimate of £25,000-30,000.