An eager, but patient group of salegoers, had to wait for two other auctions to take place before they could enjoy what they had come for – the automobilia sale.

It was mid-afternoon at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, by the time Derek Biss and Malcolm Claridge took to the rostrum for the third and final sale of the day.

It was well worth the wait for the travelling collectors, many of whom had sat through the monthly antiques sale and the specialist auction of Karl Hofer drawings, in anticipation of the automobilia event at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

There was an excellent range of items to tempt them from books and ephemera to badges and mascots, models, pictures, lamps and lights to autojumble.

Pick of the pack was a Somerset registered 1937 Austin Seven “Ruby” Mk II saloon. This vehicle in green and black livery was fitted with a folding luggage rack and sunroof. It was tax and MOT exempt, with its last recorded MOT in 1999. It came complete with V5, paperwork, receipts, Austin Seven Club correspondence and some spares.

A room bidder bought the historic car for £3,450, while a private collection of motoring books was bought for £2,150.

Next month sees a double set of sales – the antiques sale on Thursday, March 5, and the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales on Friday, March 6.

Both sales are on view this Saturday, February 29, from 9am-12.30pm. There will be further opportunities to view the sales on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, from 9am-5pm.

Of note in the antiques sale is a Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Datejust, stainless steel and gilt bracelet watch, while in the collectors’ sale there is a set of four Beatles autographs with local interest. The signatures were collected at The Castle Hotel, Taunton, in 1963.