Delight and drama come in equal measure at an auction and it is not always easy to predict how events will unfold.

That certainly proved the case at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent collectors sale at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton, where a Great Britain George IV proof Crown from 1826 – to the untrained eye a rather drab item - caught the imagination and purse strings of two bidders.

They ignored the pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500 and the price continued to escalate, as neither bidder wanted to give way.

Eventually the determined room bidder emerged successful with an emphatic call of just shy of £5,000 – the top price of the day.

The coin section in general was well supported with a number of notable prices.  These included £1,600 from a phone bidder for a Victoria “Gothic” type Crown from 1847, while a Elizabeth I Crown from around 1601-1602 fetched £990.

The continued march of gold prices was reflected in bullish results for sovereigns.

The market for medals and militaria is particularly buoyant too and there was much to attract the collector.

An impressive collection of Somerset Light Infantry Shako, helmet and cap badges, collar badges, shoulder titles, belt buckles, pouch badges and buttons took top spot in the section and was bought for £1,550.

The same sum was achieved for a Waterloo Medal. This time an online bidder was the successful buyer.

A South Africa Medal presented to a Chard man with a distinguished and lengthy military service record – he re-enlisted aged 64 to serve in the Great War – also proved appealing. A phone bidder paid £740 for the medal.

A Second World War nurse’s woollen cape sold for £680.

The appeal of nostalgia of a gentler kinder came in the shape of some Beatles memorabilia. The Fab Four had played at The Gaumont Theatre, Taunton, in September 1963.

The vendor had had a front row seat – ticket AA11 for the performance. This along with a Beatles show programme, Beatles Fan Club flexidiscs from 1963 and 1964 plus a fan club membership card formed the lot and beguiled another phone bidder who paid £985 for the lot.

An oil on canvas by Don Breckton depicting a Great Western 2 6-2 “Prairie” tank locomotive heading through a steep sided rock cutting on the Par to Newquay line was bought by a phone bidder for £985.

Preparations are in hand for the next antiques sale, which takes place on Thursday, October 3. This will feature a carefully selected section of collectors’ items. The next quarterly collectors’ sale takes place on Friday, December 6. For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.

A new automobilia sale is scheduled for October 24. Entries invited.