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Return to Saleroom Sees String of Top Prices

October 2022

A sizeable (socially distanced) group of buyers gathered in the room to compete against those, near and far, who had registered to participate on-line at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly anticipated recent quarterly collectors sale.

An encouragingly buoyant trade ensued, with a selling rate of 95% and a hammer total that more than doubled initial expectations at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.
International interest was aroused by a collection of Chinese photograph albums, comprising both privately taken and professionally published images, together documenting town and country life in the early years of the 20th century. Arranged into three lots these were purchased for a combined £8,400.

A spectacular Chinese embroidered silk court robe, elaborately woven with gold dragons against a vivid blue ground, also garnered plenty of pre-sale attention, and went on to sell, via the internet, for £3,500.
It was a trio of telephone bidders, however, who battled for ownership of a diminutive but charming grodnertal painted wood doll, dating from the early 19th century. Determined bidding pushed the price to a staggering £2,600.

These sales are eclectic by design but the catalogues are arranged thematically for the benefit of those browsing for specific items. A strong trade was seen across all sections typified by a collection of coins, at £3,200; a Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville guitar, at £1,300; four boxes of magic lantern slides, at £2,000; and a beautiful, scratch-built model of a gypsy caravan, which fetched £1,350.
A collection of cider and other mugs, some of them damaged, still made £1,500 after they had been carefully sorted into separate lots, while three glass Shell petrol pump globes, spotted at the back of a local garage and covered in dust, were bought for more than £1,100.

As pandemic restrictions have gradually eased the auctioneers have been delighted to be able to fully re-open its Octagon Saleroom to the public. The company’s free valuation service has resumed by appointment, Monday to Friday.

Entries are already being accepted for the firm’s next specialist collectors’ sale, on Thursday, December 2nd. If you have items that you would like to include contact the auctioneers on 01823 332525, at or by visiting the saleroom at East Reach, Taunton, for a free, no-obligation valuation.


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