Auction Results: March 2023

High attendance and keen internet bidding helped produce another outstanding auction for Michael Bowman at Chudleigh Town Hall on March 25th.


A modern oil by Brian Shields (Braaq), very much in the style of Lowry, showing numerous children at play on a frozen lake, led the picture section when a telephone bidder from Hampshire prevailed at £5,500.

1Brian Shields (Braaq) - oil on canvas sold for £5,500

An Irish telephone bidder appreciated the traditional charms of a 19th century ormolu mounted ebonized bracket clock, complete with original wall bracket, for a double estimate £1,000.  A pair of 17th century brass candlesticks of trumpet form, raised eyebrows when a specialist local dealer in the room fought off all competition with his winning bid of £2,100.

Pair of 17th C brass trumpet candlesticks sold for £2,100

Two examples of boxed Rolex bi-metal Submariners with their original guarantee receipts from the early 1990’s also stayed with local bidders, each selling for upper estimate £7,000.  A London internet bidder bought the gent’s 14ct gold Rolex Oyster for £2,500, whilst a Westcountry collector paid a double estimate £1,600 for a stainless steel Omega Speedmaster chronograph.

Eterna wrist watch known as the 'Dirty Dozen', doubled its estimate to another Hampshire internet bidder at £2,200

Collectors in the room secured the glamorous diamond necklace in 18ct white gold for £4,400.  A couple from Plymouth took home the natural 3.3 carat Burmese sapphire & diamond ring for an above estimate £3,700.  A high carat gold necklace with earrings, bought in Dubai around 30 years ago, sold for £2,800.  An antique gold posy ring, resembling a wedding band, but bearing an engraved inscription to its interior ‘In thy breast my heart doth rest’, sold for an impressive £1,250 to a collector from the USA.  A George IV gold sovereign, dated 1825, sold for £700.

Diamond set 18ct white gold necklace sold for £4,400 Natural 3.3 carat Burmese sapphire & diamond ring sold for £3,700


A collector from Pennsylvania bought the 3.5 inch gauge live steam model locomotive ‘Elener Knapweed’ for £1,300.

Elener Knapweed - 3.5" gauge live steam model locomotive sold for £1,300
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Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for his May 27th auction and is available for free consultation by appointment each Monday afternoon at either Chudleigh Town Hall or the Passage House Hotel, Kingsteignton.  Tel 01626 324071