The October 26 sale at 34-35 Church Street was the town’s first live auction in decades and saw bidders join online from Australia and Asia.

Medals, Pokémon, cameras, stamps and rare violin wow at first Tamworth auction

THE world came to Tamworth this week for Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ inaugural auction at the family firm’s new Church Street premises.

More than 500 online bidders from across the globe virtually joined the full room at Gungate for the town’s first live public auction in decades.

The Collectors Sale Tuesday, October 26, featured around 200 lots including medals, militaria, cameras, stamps, ephemera, records, toys and Pokémon trading cards.

Lot 43, the ‘exceptional’ World War One double gallantry group of medals to Midlands soldier Percy Pearson, sold for £5,800 to a bidder in the room.

Pokémon trading game cards including complete collections of the Base Set, Jungle, Fossil, Team Rocket, Gym Heroes, Gym Challenge, Neo Genesis, Neo Discovery, Revelation and Neo Destiny sets plus a complete Legendary Collection realised £9,500 for a delighted vendor.

Pokémon ruled supreme in the first Tamworth auction, with one collection totalling £9,500 hammer price for a delighted vendor.
Pokémon ruled supreme in the first Tamworth auction, with one collection totalling £9,500 hammer price for a delighted vendor.

Other highlights included a huge single owner collection of modern and vintage cameras and accessories selling for £3,650 and records and vintage audio equipment totalling £3,800.

Sales of stamps topped £3,300 and indentures and ephemera – including Tamworth legal documents, maps, books and drawings – exceeded £2,500.

Musical instruments in the auction included a 1785 Thomas Perry violin with a one-piece back, which sold for £1,900.

Two live steam locomotives totalled £800 and the logbook documenting a Canadian airman’s World War Two operations flew well above estimate to land a £600 hammer price.

The vivid account of a Canadian airman's WW2 service in the RCAF made £600. Top: The ‘exceptional’ WW1 double gallantry group of medals to Midlands soldier Percy Pearson sold for £5,800 to a bidder in the room.
The vivid account of a Canadian airman’s WW2 service in the RCAF made £600. Top: The ‘exceptional’ WW1 double gallantry group of medals to Midlands soldier Percy Pearson sold for £5,800 to a bidder in the room.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton – well-known for his appearances on BBC Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal – said: “What a sale! We promised it would be a cracker and it certainly lived up to expectations, with some terrific results across the board.

“We had a local, national and international audience with bidders as far away as Australia and Asia joining us online.

“It was a pleasure to bring the world to Tamworth and to be auctioneering in this lovely historic town centre building.

“Roll on the next one!”

Another Tamworth auction is scheduled to start at 10am on Tuesday, November 23, with viewing on Monday, November 22 from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Dating back to 1785, this Thomas Perry of Dublin violin with a one-piece back sold for £1,900.
Dating back to 1785, this Thomas Perry of Dublin violin with a one-piece back sold for £1,900.

Each week, valuers are ready to help Tamworth people discover hidden treasures from watches and jewellery to coins, cameras and militaria.

Consignments of items to go straight under the hammer are welcomed from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

And appointments for free valuations are also available throughout the week, with various specialists on different days.

Staff can also assist with enquiries on house clearances and downsizing solutions.

Whisky, wine and ephemera specialist Robert French will be there on Monday, November 1, to discuss items such as single malts, fine vintages and postcards.

Two live steam locomotives totalled £800 in the Tamworth sale.
Two live steam locomotives totalled £800 in the Tamworth sale.

Appointments for jewellery, watches and silver can also be made for Monday.

Jon Price will be appraising toys, trains, Dinky and Corgi on Tuesday, November 2, with general valuations for all types of collectables and antiques on Wednesday, November 3.

Appointments may be made to discuss stamps and postal-related items with philatelic specialist Phil Ives on Thursday, November 4.

And on Friday, November 5, people can book to meet technology specialist Stuart Hay to discuss cameras, hi-fi and records.

To schedule a valuation appointment, email tamworth@richardwinterton.co.uk or telephone 01827 217746.

Visit richardwinterton.co.uk/tamworth and follow the Tamworth saleroom on Twitter @AuctionwintTam.

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