Take a trip to our first auction of the year

January 30 2017

Where do you go on a cold January day? According to many traders and public alike, the answer is Stroud Auction Rooms' first sale of the year.

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Where do you go on a cold January day? According to many traders and public alike, the answer is Stroud Auction Rooms' first sale of the year.

The room was packed, the internet buzzing and the phone ringing, leading to excellent results for some specialist sections which may be considered "unfashionable".

There were 1,090 people bidding online and approximately 80 percent of the sale either won or bid via the internet.

Top selling lot at £4,500 was a pair of Nippon Kogaku Japanese military binoculars on a tripod. 

Telescopes and binoculars generally were in demand with a set of Russian border guard binoculars in a wooden case making £850. Good cameras and lenses also sold very well.

The stamp section saw frenzied bidding in the room and online. Specialist David Lord was delighted that a collection of Australian overprinted stamps relating to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force based in Japan in 1946 (sold commission-free for a local charity shop) went under the hammer for £3,100.

Ephemera and books performed strongly with a collection of Russian photograph albums realising £2,200, and a collection of Beatles' signatures £2,100.

Ceramics and glass provided 11 of the 25 highest selling lots. More than 20 lots of 18th Century and 19th Century drinking glasses, all from one vendor, notched up a total of over £12,700. There were four phone lines and multiple commission and internet bids on some of the most sought-after ceramics, particularly Worcester, with a local collector in the room eventually out-bidding everyone.

Furniture has certainly been languishing in the doldrums for the past few years, but auctioneer and saleroom manager Stuart Maule found himself juggling international bidders from Germany, Jerusalem, India, South Africa, Ireland and the USA, all vying to buy the furniture lots, which achieved some unexpected prices.