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TOP SELLING LOTS

Piano Auctions, Langley, September 21

Steinway Model B grand piano in a bright walnut case c.1985.

Estimate: £25,000-30,000

Hammer: £26,000

Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, September 22

Pair of near-lifesize Italian Renaissance revival carved walnut figures of huntsmen, c.1880, attributed to Valentino Panciera Besarel (1829-1902), with provenance to Stokesay Court.

Estimate: £8000-12,000

Hammer: £20,000

Mallams Oxford, September 22

John James Audubon, The Birds of America from Drawings made in the United States and their territories, seven-volume second octavo edition, New York 1856.

Estimate: £4000-6000

Hammer: £15,000

HIGHEST MULTIPLE OVER TOP ESTIMATE

Chaucer Auctions, Folkestone, September 17

“The long and the short of it is I’m afraid the people here are very poor losers” – a letter written by Douglas Jardine from The Australia Hotel, Sydney, dated January 26, 1933 referencing the Bodyline series.

Estimate: £20-30

Hammer: £2500

Young’s, Farnham, September 18

Nineteenth century Swiss boxwood chess set in the form of figures, the king 3in (7cm) high.

Estimate: £50-80

Hammer: £3400

McTear’s, Glasgow, September 17

Pair of late 19th century Chinese silk and lacquer hand fans embroidered with peacocks. From the William Mowat- Thomson collection.

Estimate: £40-60

Hammer: £1600

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for September 16-22, 2021.

‘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