Bidding hots up at Stroud Auction Rooms

July 31 2017

AS THE June weather hotted up so did the bidding at Stroud Auction Rooms, which saw records tumble in one of the most successful sales of the year.

AS THE June weather hotted up so did the bidding at Stroud Auction Rooms, which saw records tumble in one of the most successful sales of the year.

With 856 lots, the jewellery section took up the whole of the first day and broke records for value and prices, with buyers in the room vying with phone bidders and the internet to secure the most prized pieces.

Highest selling lot of the section -  and the sale - was a pair of 18ct gold Kutchinsky diamond earrings, which went under the hammer at £6,600. An 18ct gold ring set with five oval diamonds made £4,500, with a Kuchinsky 18ct gold bangle close on its heels at £4,150. 14 pieces of jewellery made the top 25 list - a tribute to the hard work and skill of jewellery expert Alexandra Bowkett.

Day two saw silver, watches, clocks and coins all do extremely well. Star of the day was a Second World War RAF wall clock, which sold for a record £4,800. A number of watches also did well, including a rare Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date gentleman's wristwatch, which was spotted by watch expert Stuart Maule, who noticed it had two unusual numbers on the dial. It sold for £2,500. 

A Cartier 18ct gold tonneau-shaped curved wristwatch made £1,600;  and a gold pocket watch made in excess of £1,000. In the clock section, a Pooley Ealing wall-mounted jeweler’s regulator clock made £2,300.

An up-and-coming section is vinyl records and a Beatles LP "Please, Please Me" with an Angus McBean cover was fiercely contested, eventually selling for £3,600, despite its rather worn condition.

Stroud Auctions has one of the best coin sales outside London, and this was proved yet again on day three. A Royal Mint The Royal Sovereign Collection comprising 21 gold full sovereigns sold for £4,150, while A Royal Mint HM Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday platinum proof Piedfort crown made £1,850, and The Great Recoinage Gold Guinea Collection by London Mint, went for £1,750. 

Owner and auctioneer Nick Bowkett says all specialist sections are rapidly expanding as a result of Stroud Auctions having the highest number of internet bidders in the country. 

June saw 1,078 online bidders with 1,234 lots sold to the internet. "This sale achieved 30 percent more than our original forecast and came close to breaking the auction record," he said.

For more information about any aspect of buying or selling with Stroud Auction Rooms, ring 01453 873800, email info@stroudauctions. com or visit the website at www.stroudauctions.co.uk