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Plakas Auctions, London, March 30

Prehistoric lapis lazuli carving of scorpion goddess, Turkmenistan c.3000 BC, 7in (17cm), UK collection since 1970s.

Estimate: £20,000-30,000

Hammer: £24,000

Antony Cribb, Newbury, April 4

Rare 1796 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword and scabbard with owner’s initials EB and label inscribed Sword of Lieutenant Everard Bouverie RHA Waterloo, Delapre Abbey.

Estimate: £3000-5000

Hammer: £15,000

Woolley Wallis, Salisbury, April 4

Continental walnut carving of an ostrich in Renaissance style, possibly 17th century, 2ft 6in (74cm) high.

Estimate: £1200-1500

Hammer: £12,000


Clarks, Liskeard, March 30

Neapolitan mandolin by Raffaele Calace & Figlio, 1934, decorated with tortoiseshell & with ivory bridge.

Estimate: £100-150

Hammer: £3000

Kinghams, Moreton in Marsh, March 30

Art Nouveau cast bronze and vaseline glass pendant light fitting in organic leaf and bud form, 13in (32cm) wide.

Estimate: £40-60

Hammer: £1800

Cato Crane, Liverpool, timed online closing March 30

Plate from a quarter leather bound large folio copy of James Rattray’s Scenery, Inhabitants & Costumes of Afghanistan, 1848.

Estimate: £200-300

Hammer: £8600

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on 
thesaleroom.com for arch 30-April 5, 2023.

‘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