Auction report: Collector’s Sale

Scores of bidders turn up to our first Collector's Sale in Lichfield


Our first selective Collector's Sale held at Cross Keys was an outstanding success – the viewing was something to behold, as hundreds descended on the city centre saleroom in Lichfield.


The sale included a wide variety of items – from postcards and stamps to signed autograph albums, coins, toys and railwayana.


First to go under the hammer was the postcards section. The first lot depicted well known landmarks and streets around the City of Lichfield and realised £450. We then travelled up the A38 to Burton on Trent, with another selection of postcards of the well-known brewing town – this selection reached a staggering £1,740.


Pre-auction, The Beatles autograph album was the subject of significant media interest and was featured on regional BBC news. After much competition both online and in the room, the hammer fell at £1,800.


The stamp section of our sales is also strong at Lichfield, guided under the expert eye of Stuart Billington. There were numerous highlights, the pinnacle being lot 108 selling for £1700. Keen philatelists should note that we have consigned one our biggest and best stamp collections ever, which we expect to realise in excess of £15,000. These will be sold at a specialist Stamp Sale on 9th March – entries are invited. 


The scientific section is always keenly sort after, attracting worldwide interest.  Lot 67, a calculating machine sold for £400. The camera section is also developing a keen following with many successes in the sale; lot 177 a Leica camera topped the bidding at £600.


Coins and banknotes never fail to attract interest, under the watchful eye of Philip Bridge. We were delighted to have consigned a private collection which sold for over £10,000. Big selling lots included lot 197 – four albums of British coins, selling for £1,900; a further three albums of British coins selling for £2,000 and lot 208, a Banknote album containing Bank of England banknotes selling for £1,400.


The medals section of the sale is always strong and this sale was no different. Fierce bidding between online and bidders in the room for lot 238 – A glazed frame containing a group of four medals – sold for £1000.


We had a number of museums after lot 256 – a series of fourteen etched glass advertisements for trams – however, in the end they tripled the lower guide and sold to a private collector for £650.


This set the scene for the forthcoming lots of railway memorabilia. The room was awash with bidders hoping to hit the right track, with the entire collection selling for a superb £11,000. The top price was reached by lot 264, a cast iron smokebox number plate which sold for £1,200. Lot 295 – a large quantity of railway photograph and slides – also piqued the interest of our buyers, selling for £1,600.


We finished the sale with over 120 lots of toys. They provided a strong end to the sale with lot after lot finding buyers – a private collection realised in excess of £3,000.


The next Collector's sale will  be held at the Collector's Saleroom in Crosskeys, Lichfield, on the 13th April. Entries are now invited.

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