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Uplifting End to Year of Sales

December 2022

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt brought the curtain down on a year of successful sales with a double helping of auctions.

The Octagon Salerooms, East Street, Taunton, has endured a turbulent time, with staff initially sent home as the first lockdown forced the closure of auction houses, but gradually as restrictions have eased the auctioneers have been able to return to a semblance of normality.

Crucially they already had a successful, established online bidding offer prior to the pandemic and this proved key as at first vendors and buyers were only allowed to visit the saleroom remotely. So, whether you were in Taunton or Toyko you could follow the action unfolding in real time.

Covid compliance remains a key consideration for staff and visitors and the auctioneers continue to operate strict guidelines to ensure everyone remains safe.

The auctioneers ended the year with the regular monthly antiques’ auction and the final quarterly collectors sale.

Both events attracted a comprehensive range of quality lots. Notable among them was a rather old oak court cupboard, which sold for £4,000.

Appropriately a diamond and ruby pendant necklace, which graced the front of the catalogue, will find itself under a local Christmas tree as the buyer secured it as a gift for his wife.

He spent a considerable £1,975 to secure the early 20th Century old cut diamond ruby and seed pearl bow pendant drop, set in platinum and gold.

In the collectors’ sale a pair of rocking horses headed the field – more perfect Christmas gifts. These beautifully crafted creatures by Stevenson Brothers comfortably bested their pre-sale guides.

One, a special edition Golden Jubilee model, made to mark the Queen’s 50 years as monarch sold for £4,500.

This was piped into second spot by a large rocking horse, in a natural wood finish, which was the sale’s star lot and achieved £4,800.

A quirkier offering was a tin of talc made by Margot of Mayfair to celebrate The Beatles in their pomp. Kept from the 1960s it sold for £110.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, January 6. This will feature a significant selection of 20th Century Design. To contact the salerooms or to consign items for forthcoming sales please ring 01823 332525.


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