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Mallams, Oxford, January 29

Gold ground on panel painting of the Madonna and child with two saints, 10 x 7in (24 x 18cm).

Estimate: £400-600

Hammer: £15,000

Forum Auctions, London, January 25

One of five 19th century Straits School watercolour and gouache botanical studies, all with Chinese inscriptions, one inscribed in pencil for John Murray III (1808-92).

Estimate: £1500-2000

Hammer: £13,000

Hannam’s, Selborne, Hampshire, January 29

Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait of an Indian Maharaja, oil on board, 13 x 10in (32 x 26cm).

Estimate: £200-300

Hammer: £12,000


RWB Auctions, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire January25

17th century Italian school oil on copper, Christ before Caiaphas, 12 x 10in (31 x 25cm), in a gilt frame label on verso with date MDCXXXI (1621).

Estimate: £100-150

Hammer: £3800

Hansons, Etwall, Derbyshire, January 26

South Staffordshire gilt metal mounted enamel ovoid nutmeg grater c.1790 with inscription: Esteem the Giver.

Estimate: £80-120

Hammer: £3400

Amersham Auction Rooms, Buckinghamshire, January 25

17th century oak wall hanging food cupboard, 2ft 5in (42cm) high.

Estimate: £25-35

Hammer: £1300

Source: Bid Barometer is a snapshot of sales on thesaleroom.com for January 25-31 2024.

‘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