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TOP SELLING LOTS

Helmuth Stone Gallery, Florida, April 5

Ming-style blue and white charger, 2ft (60cm) with six-character mark near rim, restoration and loss.

Estimate: $1500-2500

Hammer: $8500

Vine Auctioneers, London, April 3

Omega Speedmaster Ed White Ref. 105.003-65.

Estimate: £5800-6800

Hammer: £5900

Antony Cribb, Newbury, April 7

Pair of flintlock officer’s pistols signed Osborn Gonby & Co with inscription to John Jessop 44th Regiment who fought at Waterloo.

Estimate: £3000-5000

Hammer: £4400

HIGHEST MULTIPLE OVER TOP ESTIMATE

East Bristol Auctions, Bristol, April 2

Portuguese prayer book Diario Ecclesiastico Para O Reino De Portugal, dated 1816, with embroidered coat of arms to the cover.

Estimate: £20-30

Hammer: £340

Whittons, Honiton, April 2

Victorian silver gothic revival cup, by Carl Krall, London, with presentation inscription dated 1892.

Estimate: £60-80

Hammer: £820

British Bespoke Auctions, Winchcombe, April 1

Three-page letter written in 1814 by George Scholey (former Lord Mayor of London) to Rev Brown in Sandal, Wakefield, including account of life in France post-Napoleon.

Estimate: £30-50

Hammer: £400

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for April 1-8, 2020. ‘Highest multiple over top estimate’ = Our selection of items from the top 20 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 20 highest hammer prices paid by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com