Baldwin's Auction 64-65 - Sale Results A fantastic 2-day auction held by Baldwin's over the 4th-5th May, grossing £1,968,241 (inclusive of buyer’s premium) with many rarities selling well above estimate.
News-Antique.com - May 24,2010 - Baldwin’s auction 64-65, held in London on the 4th-5th May this year, promised to be an exciting and animated sale, packed full of high quality rare items. It was one of the most diverse auctions conducted by Baldwin’s in recent years and the results didn’t disappoint. This landmark auction lived up to and exceeded all pre-sale expectations with 95% of the 1882 lots selling for a total of £1,968,241(nearly double the pre-sale estimate). The sale, which included part one of The Michael Hall Collection, The Bishop’s Wood Hoard of Roman Coins and The Strickland Neville Rolfe Collection attracted 846 different bidders over the two days and achieved some exceptional individual results.
Baldwin’s principle auctioneer, Seth Freeman, was elated by the result of the auction, commenting “It is an immense pleasure to have an auction where every section is a success and sells over estimate – vendors are happy, bidders are happy and Baldwin’s goes from strength to strength”
The first day of the two-day auction was devoted almost entirely to part one of The Michael Hall Collection of Renaissance and later medals. Pre-sale interest in the collection was exceptional with buyers flying in from all over the globe, as well as logging in online, to participate in this extraordinary sale. The entire collection has been promoted as the largest sale of Renaissance medals since the Max and Maurice Rosenheim (Sotheby 1923) and Henry Oppenheimer (Christie’s 1936) sales. This auction attracted such large numbers of people during the public viewing that potential buyers were already queuing when the doors were opened at 10.00am.
Amongst the 686 lots in the auction were some outstanding pieces of medallic art. The most prominent items included lot 7 the 1447 cast bronze medal depicting Cecilia Gonzaga which was the work of the famous painter Pisanello, and lot 418, the 1544 Trinity silver medal produced by Hans Reinhart the Elder. Both pieces had numerous bids and were sold to very happy buyers at £64,900 and £56,640 respectively. Other notable items included lot 14, a Bartolommeo Pendaglia cast bronze medal of 1462 which doubled its estimate to achieve £25,960 and lot 240, a cast bronze medal depicting Paolo Giordano II Orsini and sculpted by Giulio della Greca in 1631. Lot 166, a fascinating uniface medal depicting a double portrait of a woman, a piece that illustrates the cross-over between renaissance medallic art and renaissance art in other media.
Additional highlights include, lot 256 a 1550 Silver-gilt medal depicting Henri II of France, estimate: £200-300 (sold for £ 4,248), lot 648, 1660 Charles II and Charles I Silver Medal, estimate: £1,000 - £1,200 (sold for £5,192) and lot 681, a 1779 Silver Medal of John Paul Jones, estimate: 3,000-5,000 (sold for £10,620).
The Michael Hall collection achieved, in total, £511,666 (including Buyer’s Premium) against the pre-sale estimate of £321,320 with only three lots remaining unsold.
The first day of the sale concluded with session one of auction 65, a selection of 132 British and World medals. The most