A dash to the dentist, no space in the car park – all in a day’s work for a busy auctioneer. Undaunted by these minor irritations antiques Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, still managed to ensure the mammoth monthly antiques sale started in a timely fashion.

The auction at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, boasted nearly 800 lots and saw three different auctioneers wield the gavel during the mammoth day-long sale.

As Mr Biss quipped: “The only thing we don’t have is a kitchen sink!”

The sale featured nearly 200 jewellery and watch lots. Appropriately it was timepieces that grabbed the headlines in this high calibre offering with a couple of Rolexes appealing to buyers in the room and online.

It was a room bidder who won the day with a Rolex, Oyster Day-Date, gentleman’s Swiss 18ct gold bracelet watch, circa 2001. This came complete with the original receipt from Lord Ponsonby Antiques, Auckland, New Zealand. It was bought for £8,630.

Just behind was a Rolex, Oyster Submariner, gentleman’s stainless steel watch, circa 1994, with box and papers. This sold to a net bidder for £8,400.

Watches were very much in demand with another net bidder securing a Rolex, Oyster Perpetual “Bubbleback” stainless steel wristwatch for £1,900.

The figure of £6,500 was achieved for a diamond three stone ring in a comprehensive jewellery section. Other highlights included a pair of diamond flower-head cluster, stud earrings, which sold for £1,300 to a room bidder and a continental diamond necklace, which went for £1,050.

The clock section also registered a number of notable prices. Top spot belonged to a George III mahogany cased bracket clock by James Muckarsie, Holborn. This went to an online bidder for £1,500.

A phone bidder successfully secured the 18th Century 30-hour longcase clock by James Whittaker for £900.

An enormous Heriz type rug – measuring 610cm x 390cm – found a new home thanks to a phone bidder. It was bought for £1,800.

December sees a double set of sales with the regular monthly sale on Thursday, December 5, and the final quarterly sale of the year on Friday, December 6.

To consign items to these sales please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.