Top selling lots included a rare early 18th-century walnut bachelors’ chest which, after a furious bidding battle between UK and the US bidders, sold for £13,000 over the phone to a buyer from the Home Counties. Other highlights included a stunning late 19th-century Secessionist cherrywood occasional table, attracting an exceptionally high volume of interest before selling to a French buyer for £8,500. An eye-catching painting of a World War I anti-aircraft battery, by Sunderland-born artist Septimus Edwin Scott, fetched £7600 from a London buyer; and a lady’s 18ct. yellow gold Rolex went to a local buyer for £5100.
In addition to the individual lots, we had the pleasure of selling several collections too. The first part of Hexham man Jim Hedley’s lifetime collection of specialist books, manuscripts, and pamphlets smashed its pre-sale estimate of £15,000-£25,000, selling for over £30,000. This bodes well for the remaining sections of the collection being sold later this year and in early 2022. A collection of personal football memorabilia also performed well, consisting of honours awarded to local legend Stan Anderson during his career playing for Newcastle United, Sunderland FC, and England and then in management at Middlesbrough FC. Comprising of 17 lots, the group attracted worldwide attention from ardent football fans and collectors, realizing over £9500 on sale day.