Auction Results: November 2020

Michael Bowman’s November 28th Online Auction proved to be the most successful event of 2020 and produced several eyebrow raising prices!


A small oil on board by Westcountry favourite, Fred Yates (1922-2008), entitled ‘Les Plaisires Du Bain’, was a somewhat quirky interior scene. However, it managed to meet with predictions, selling for £900 to a Plymouth internet bidder.

Internet bidding from the USA, took the postcard bearing a thankyou note from Edward Elgar addressed to the viola-player, Lionel Tertis, at £600. Another American internet bidder securing the pair of plain amethyst Peking glass vases for £750. From the same local family collection, a Chinese Sang de Boeuf porcelain vase, sold for a multi-estimate £1,500 to a Chinese internet bidder based in the UK. A group of six WWI medals awarded to a member of the Northern Yeomanry made a triple estimate £950, courtesy of a determined local collector bidding by telephone.


One of the astounding results of the day, was the multi-estimate £1,700 paid by a UK internet bidder for an old jaguar skin, complete with teeth and claws, though devoid of eyes! Another multi-estimate result came when the antique Benin ivory waist pendant was offered. Expectations of £1,000-1,500, were left
far behind, when a UK internet bidder fended off competition on the telephone, resulting in a final price of £5,300.

In the silver section, an early 20th century Mappin & Webb epergne, realized a predictable £1,700, but a real surprise came when a small late 19th century Chinese enamelled silver vase, sold for a multi-estimate £4,100 to a determined Chinese telephone bidder. Its Torquay vendors had expectations of just £200-300!


A community nurse from the Midlands had been saving her cash for some time and was overjoyed to secure the star jewellery lot on offer. She bought a colour change Ceylon sapphire & diamond ring towards upper estimate for £2,900. It was her very first online purchase and it turned out to be a perfect fit!


A small Georgian oval painted miniature in a glazed gold pendant provided a highlight right at the end of the auction. It offered a very distinctive subject matter, being a close-up study of a young lady’s eye with eyebrow and painted lock of hair. The auctioneer had separated it from a charm bracelet , also taking two sovereigns and a half sovereign to offer as a third lot. The bracelet made £460. The two sovereigns and half sovereign realized £750. The eye miniature was offered with an estimate of £400-600 and attracted a mailing list client from Leeds bidding by telephone. Despite his valiant efforts, a London specialist internet bidder prevailed at a final price of £3,100!


Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for his next auction to be held on January 30th. He will be available each Monday afternoon by appointment for free appraisals of potential consignments, starting again after the festive break from January 4th.


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