Regulars in the saleroom were joined by a BBC film crew who were recording a couple of episodes of Make Me A Dealer to be screened later in the year.
Contestants on the programme select items that they hope to buy and then sell on at a profit. You will have to wait until November to see how they got on.
The sale at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, featured a fabulous range of lots and achieved fantastic prices across all sections.
Commanding top billing was an oil on canvas attributed to William Clark of Greenock of the three masted merchantman “Acadia” off a white cliff coast.
A phone bidder held his nerve and paid £5,500 – the top price of the day. The picture section was notable for a number of robust prices. A signed colour print entitled “The Contraption” by L.S.Lowry attracted a good deal of interest and bids from phone and internet bidders saw the price motor to £2,200. The same figure was achieved for an oil on canvas entitled “Window Shopping” by William Teulon Blandford Fletcher.
The sale included a well considered section of West Country art including a number of works by perennial saleroom favourite Harry Frier.
On the day his most popular picture was a panorama of Taunton from 1906. Despite the development of the town since the last century the view is still recognisable today. It sold for £800. The same figure was achieved for an evocative oil on canvas of fishing boats in harbour by John Anthony Park. This went to an online bidder.
September offers double delight for salegoers with two auctions – the regular monthly sale on Thursday, September 5 and the quarterly collectors sale on Friday, September 6.
Items are now being accepted for both sales. Please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525 for more information.