New Bidding Initiative from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and The Auction Room Receives Exceptiona Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, together with The Auction Room, sold a selection of works from The Royal Agricultural Society of England in a ground-breaking bidding initiative
News-Antique.com - Jul 16,2014 - New Bidding Initiative from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and The Auction Room Receives Exceptional Results
Total Lots: 328
Estimate total: £153,200-218,150
Hammer total: £400,400
Total including buyer’s premium: £496,496
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, together with The Auction Room, sold a selection of works from The Royal Agricultural Society of England in a ground-breaking bidding initiative that saw the auctioneering duo offer pre-auction timed bidding via www.theauctionroom.com, followed by a live auction held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ busy saleroom in London’s Mayfair on Friday 11th July where there was standing room only.
Stephan Ludwig Executive Chairman at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said; “The diversity of treasures in the RASE collection delivered just what collectors are always hungry for; ‘fresh to the market’ unique items with strong provenance. This sale saw our first collaboration with the UK’s newest online auction platform, The Auction Room, and I have no doubt that the high volume of pre-auction bidding over the internet contributed to many of the exceptional realised prices.”
George Bailey Co-founder of The Auction Room said: “We were hugely encouraged by the success of our first partnership working with Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. A great deal of pre-sale interest and bidding was expressed through www.theauctionroom.com, demonstrating just how effectively ‘online’ and ‘terrestrial’ can complement each other. We plan to develop this theme alongside our Autumn ‘online-only’ calendar of sales.”
The sale was a celebration of Agricultural history and featured antiques across a number of disciplines, including books, old master paintings, prints, ceramics and works of art. The collaboration was a bold and innovative move that received an exceptional reception from bidders with prices rising far beyond high-estimate.
An oil on canvas portrait of HRH Princess Elizabeth by Sir Oswald Birley (1880-1952) stole the attention of bidders, selling for £49,600 [Lot 121]. Another painting by Birley of King George VI also saw competitive bidding and sold for £9,920 [Lot 120] whilst Royal Show, 1951: Festival of Britain Year by Terence Cuneo (1907-1996), oil on canvas, sold for an impressive £26,040 [Lot 122]
Bloomsbury Auctions’ reputation for achieving exceptional prices for antiquarian books did not waver. Auctioneer Rupert Powell, Head of Book department and Deputy Chairman of Bloomsbury Auctions, sold to a room full of hungry bidders eager to compete with collectors on the phone and internet.
Of particular note was a superb selection of London and provincially printed pamphlets, The Sir Walter Gilbey collection of 18th and 19th century pamphlets on agricultural, economic and social matters, which sold for £47,120 against a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-20,000. [Lot 252]
Another highlight from the Book collection in the sale was Richard Eburne’s A plaine path-vvay to plantations, 1624. Not in the British Library or any other British institution, this extremely rare first edition sold for £29,760 [Lot 249]
Robert Bakewell’s chair, a George III provincial mixed woods open armchair from the late 18th century sold for £11,160. The inscription caved on the back read: “This chair was made under the direction of the