Robot Wars make an appearance at Stroud Auction Rooms

August 31 2017

The holiday month of August is traditionally quiet in the auction world, but nothing was further from the truth at Stroud Auction Rooms when guns and militaria were among the specialist sections. A packed sale room saw more than 500 lots of weapons and medals go under the hammer with only a handful of unsold items.

The holiday month of August is traditionally quiet in the auction world, but nothing was further from the truth at Stroud Auction Rooms when guns and militaria were among the specialist sections. A packed sale room saw more than 500 lots of weapons and medals go under the hammer with only a handful of unsold items.

Twenty of the 25 top selling lots were weapons, with top spot being claimed by a W Allport of London side by side flintlock hammer-action gun, which sold for £3,100. Hard on its heels came a James Purdy & Sons 12 bore side by side, which made £2,900, while a James Beattie 23 bore percussion hammer action gun made £2,500.

There was a huge amount of interest in a Waterloo medal awarded to a sergeant in the Highland Light Infantry, together with an unnamed For Courage Loyalty and Good Conduct medal for 20 years service. With commission, phone and room bids fighting it out, this slice of history was eventually sold for £2,300.

Saleroom manager and guns expert Stuart Maule was extremely satisfied with the results of his specialist section. "All the guns sold really well and made strong money with 98% being sold," he said. Stuart was especially happy that one man's collection of weapons, the proceeds of which were being donated to several small charities, realised a total of £30,000.

Stuart also masterminded the specialist toy section in this sale, which again had virtually no unsolds, with the average lot selling for around £60 and most exceeding their estimates. The toy section also claimed his month's 'most unusual lot' -  a Robot Wars Matilda, build with the original robot shell made by the BBC's Special Effects Department. It was used in the first four series of the show and had appeared at special events around the country. Following some keen bidding from enthusiasts and collectors, Matilda was eventually sold for £700.

Another specialist section was taxidermy with just one of the 30-plus lots making the top 25 - the Victorian study of a monkey on a tree stump with Western Tanager birds realised £600.

Most surprising outcome came in the china section when a large private collection of Lilliput Lane cottages realised £5,500.

Stroud Auctions underlined its position of having the most online bidders in the country. August saw 1,070 registered Internet bidders with the 922 lots sold online totaling £70,955.

For any information about buying or selling with Stroud Auction Rooms, ring 01453 87300, email info@stroudauctions.com or visit the website www.stroudauctions.co.uk