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Top selling lots

Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, September 11

Lucia Casalini Torelli (1677-1762), Self portrait, oil on canvas, 2ft 6in x 2ft 1in (77 x 64cm).

Estimate: £10,000-15,000

Hammer: £60,000

Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, September 11

Studio of Giovanni Battista Salvi (1609-85), The Virgin at prayer, oil on canvas, 19 x 15in (48 x 38cm).

Estimate: £2000-3000

Hammer: £16,000

Dominic Winter, Cirencester, September 12

Autograph letter by CS Lewis (1898-1963) dated Oxford, 1952, referencing the Narnia chronicles.

Estimate: £3000-5000

Hammer: £9800

Highest price over estimate

Sworders, Stansted Mountfitchet, September 11

One of a pair of Victorian crimson leather armchairs by Howard & Sons, from the Essex home of Sir Rod Stewart.

Estimate: £400-600

Hammer: £7600

Gorringe’s, Lewes, September 10

19th century desk seal of the President of Nevis (Caribbean) with ivory handle.

Estimate: £150-200

Hammer: £2800

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, Exeter, September 12

One of a folio of 24 engravings by John Martin, dated 1827.

Estimate: £50-100

Hammer: £2600

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for September 6-12, 2018.

‘Highest price over estimate’ = Our selection of items from the top 10 highest hammer prices as a multiple of the high estimate paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com

‘Top selling lots’ = Our selection of items from the top 10 highest hammer prices paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com