Michael Bowman’s March 28th auction was conducted entirely online due to prevailing health concerns in the UK.
Many other auctioneers cancelled events scheduled during this period, but in fact, bidders proved keen to spend their money and overall, the auction showed little sign of having suffered from the lack of public viewing!Bidders from global coronavirus hotspots bought two of the main lots of the day.
An Italian telephone bidder took the early 19thC diamond ‘en tremblant’ flower brooch for £5,600. A Chinese telephone bidder bought the stunning black opal ring for £2,400.
Eyebrows were raised when the 17thC pair of brass trumpet candlesticks sold for a multi-estimate £3,000, despite one having suffered damage.
A group of four early gold band rings attracted a connoisseur audience. Bearing a superficial resemblance to humble wedding rings, their historical significance lifted them up to much higher levels, ranging from £600 for a child’s ring, up to £1,700 for an early 18thC mourning ring dated 1712.
After such a successful online auction, Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for his next online sale to be held in Devon on May 23rd.