January Auction Report

16th January 2023 | Reading time: 5 mins

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Date of auction: 11th & 12 January

Number of lots: 1089

Number of online bidders: 1,492 from 41 countries

Highest price achieved: Lot 469 - 19thC single back cello with rosewood pegs– sold for £4600

Surprise result of the sale: Lot 1280 – A collection of Dragon Models Ltd 1:6 scale action figures together with a collection of clothing, accessories and five original boxes– sold for £580

Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 29 - Ronald 'Carl' Giles (1916-1995) Daily Express cartoonist, original pen, ink, colour and gouache airport scene, passengers about to board a BOAC aeroplane with a tired pilot and co-pilot walking past, the skies being filled by other aircraft including ones pulling banners for Air France and Pan Am, signed top right, 35 x 53cm, titled to mount 'Let's get one of these bloody planes in the air and catch up on some sleep'– sold for £2,200

Stroud Auctions’ January sale featured specialist sections of pictures and paintings, books, stamps, ephemera, cameras and binoculars, Asian art, vinyl records, musical instruments and toys. As usual, there was a lot of interest across all these specialist sections, but most notably the musical instruments, where three of the top selling lots were found. The best of these comprised the 19thC rosewood cello (£4,600), a 1790’s Georg Hornsteiner violin (£3,200) and a W E Hill & Son violin bow (£2,900) 

More top results were found in the specialist camera section, where a Nikon D810 digital SLR camera realised a pleasing £850

The toy section saw modern collectable items realising some pleasing prices, examples include a Nintendo games console (£340) and six Lego sets (£530). More traditional items also performed well, including model railway items and diecast model vehicles.

One of the other notable results saw a private collection of Dungeons & Dragons and similar role playing books and games sell for a total of £4,600 – a really pleasing outcome for an emerging collecting field.

The next auction will be on February 8th & 9th and includes guns and weapons, medals and militaria, bladed weapons, taxidermy and sporting and ceramics and glass. Our biggest gun auction ever, this one looks exceptional with over  700 lots of guns and air weapons alone. If you’ve never thought of buying at auction, why not come along to our public viewing day on February 7th between 10am and 6pm?

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