2018 Starts with a bang!
There were a few sore heads for the 11am auction on new years day, but a packed auction house (and the tempting free mince pies & mulled wine) saw our first auction of the year turn into one of the best ever for Drake’s Auctions.
With only 496 specially selected lots under the hammer, many bidders both in the room and online fought hard over jewellery, silverware & 100 lots of stamps from a private local collection.
Standout performers in the auction included:
Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956) signed coloured wood block print of Lama Temple, Peking. Original estimate of £300-£400 was quickly left behind as online bidders quickly pushed it up to the hammer price of £700
Rare WWII German Carl Zeiss binoculars in case. D.f 7×50. N16626. With Swastika emblem. Fierce bidding online from Sweden, Ireland & in the room saw this open at £130 and finish at £420.
In our stamp lots, GB presentation packs. 2005-2015, saw this box quickly jump from £80 to £380, with bidders from all over the UK pushing the price up.
C19 Persian Qajar revival sword, an interesting piece, as these swords, even as a 19th Century reproduction of a 15th century sword, are hard to come by. This sold for £260, to an online bidder. We believe this has found a home in an Islamic Research institute.
Our next auction will be held on January 15th, which will feature many items not included in our new years day sale.