A Della Robbia three section plaque, sold for £4,200 on July 19 2022. Inset: The 1895 silver (silver gilt) Phoenix Challenge Cup trophy, originally presented for best animal in the Fat Cattle Classes at the Royal Dublin Society Cattle Show. Sold July 19 2022 for £3,000.

Della Robbia plaque and Royal Dublin Society cattle cup make magic at auction

BRINGING out a little auction magic is a thrill which never goes away, from clients’ initial ‘wow’ when a valuation takes them by surprise to an even bigger ‘WOW’ when the hammer goes down, writes Richard Winterton.

Following our special event at the Lichfield Garrick in June (more of those hopefully coming soon too) we are delighted to announce new weekly free valuations at Burntwood Library on Tuesdays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, catering for all jewellery, watches, gold and silver.

The new sessions at the library at Sankeys Corner, Bridge Cross Road WS7 2BX, start on Tuesday, August 2, so do drop in and see us and make the most of a buoyant auction market.

As demonstrated by our recent summer Fine Art Sale, collectors all over the world keep their fingers on the pulse.

A Della Robbia three section plaque, sold £4,200 on July 19 2022
A Della Robbia three section plaque, sold for £4,200 on July 19 2022.

Highlights included a 1901 Della Robbia plaque which sold for £4,200 – an especially wonderful result for our centenarian vendor!

Also going under the hammer was the 1895 silver gilt Phoenix Challenge Cup, originally presented for best animal in the Fat Cattle Classes at the Royal Dublin Society Cattle Show, eventually selling at £3,000.

And there was a huge amount of interest for items which belonged to Wallis Simpson, the late Duchess of Windsor, adding up to a total hammer price of £1,730.

We’ve also been delighted with a triple treat of television magic recently, with filming auction segments for ITV’s Dickinson’s Real Deal at the end of July following two extremely popular ‘Dealer Days’ at Wolverhampton Racecourse and Burton Market Hall.

The 1895 silver (silver gilt) Phoenix Challenge Cup trophy, originally presented for best animal in the Fat Cattle Classes at the Royal Dublin Society Cattle Show. Sold July 19 2022 for £3,000
The 1895 silver gilt Phoenix Challenge Cup trophy, originally presented for best animal in the Fat Cattle Classes at the Royal Dublin Society Cattle Show. It sold on July 19 2022 for a hammer price of £3,000.

The month also saw us appear on new episodes of BBC Bargain Hunt featuring the debut of Caroline Hawley as a presenter and we’ve had yet more TV cameras in filming with auctioneer and valuer David Fergus for a reboot of Cash In The Attic, coming to Channel 5 soon.

As well as a fine premise for TV, discovering hidden treasure is the essence of what we’re about too and it’s now even easier to get a free valuation with us.

The new Burntwood Library sessions on Tuesday afternoons are in addition to our existing pop-up valuations on Tuesday mornings at The Hub at St Mary’s, from 9.30am to 11am.

You can also drop in for jewellery valuations to our Tamworth premises in Church Street on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 4pm and book to see us at Fradley on Thursdays – so if you’re wondering about some mysterious object or heirloom, wonder no more – let us see if we can make some magic happen!

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