Auctioneer, Derek Biss, who took up rostrum duties during the jewellery and watches section of the sale, described it as a “lovely watch” as the battle between the two eager bidders unfolded.

As the price climbed he coaxed the pair to higher bids – pointing out it would be a shame to miss out on such a lovely item.

The stainless steel watch, the dial embossed Rolex throughout with single cut diamond set batons, was accompanied by paperwork and a guarantee. It sold to a satisfied buyer for £2,000 – the top price of the day.

Mr Biss had remarked at the start of the sale that “there was a lot of variety here today” and so it proved with fine prices across all sections.

The striking Hare lithograph by Dame Elisabeth Frink, which graced the front of the auction catalogue achieved an excellent price. The limited edition – 32 of 70 – was signed in pencil. All of the running for the piece was online as internet bidders tussled for ownership. It sold for £1,000.

One of the most spectacular performers of the day was a Victorian polyphon – a disc playing music box. This was in a sorry state and required complete restoration. Its wrecked condition did not put off bidders as no fewer than three phone lines sought ownership along with other interested bidders. Eventually a phone bid of £950 secured the piece.

A highly detailed Burmese rice bowl embossed with figures at court sold for £480 to an online bidder.

A small Oriental section enjoyed some notable prices including £450 for a large Japanese Satsuma vase finely decorated with a Samurai. A room bidder bought this vase. A large Chinese vase went for £400.

An oil on canvas portrait of a lady in the manner of Sir Godfrey Kneller captivated a phone bidder, who successfully bought the picture with a bid of £380.

Pleasing prices were achieved in the furniture section including £500 for an Edwardian mahogany shop fitting or bijouteries table, while a 19th Century maghogany linen press sold for £320.

A first edition of the children’s classic Winnie The Pooh made £170, while four Rupert annuals made £120 in the book section.

Preparations are already in hand for a double set of sales lined up for May 5 and 6. The regular monthly sale on the 5th will include a large section of sporting items, while the Friday sale is devoted to the third part of the Warner Dailey militaria collection.

For more information please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.