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TOP SELLING LOTS

Bonhams, Bicester, May 30

1936 MG Midget T-series pre-production sports with Continental Tour of Europe rally history, in excellent restored condition.

Estimate: £30,000-35,000

Hammer: £25,000

Hermann Historica, Munich, May 28

Russian hunting hanger and scabbard, c.1820, signed for the Zlatoust Arms Factory, Moscow, with coat of arms for the statesman Alexey Olenin (1763-1843).

Estimate: N/A

Hammer: €42,000

Lempertz, Cologne, May 29

A large solid silver figure of a goddess after Eugène Louis Lequesne (1815-87), 2ft 11in (87cm) high, 17.8kg.

Estimate: €4000-6000

Hammer: €14,000

Carlo Bonte, Bruges, May 28

Oil on canvas portrait of a young nobleman with a guitar by Amy Scott (1860-1950) of Brighton, signed and dated 1886, 3ft 5in x 4ft 3in (1.02 x 1.28m)

Estimate: €7000-9000

Hammer: €13,500

HIGHEST MULTIPLE OVER TOP ESTIMATE

Crow’s, Dorking, June 3

Small 2ft 7in (79cm) Russian seven-string guitar with mother of pearl inlaid decoration, c.1880.

Estimate: £40-60

Hammer: £1900

Hawleys, North Cave, May 31

Watercolour on rice paper inscribed to the mount Macao 1830, 5 x 10in (13 x 25cm).

Estimate: £40-60

Hammer: £1800

Source:Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for May 28-June 3.

‘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