July Auction Report

13th July 2023 | Reading time: 5 mins

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July auction report

Date of auction: 12th & 13th July

Number of lots: 1518

Number of online bidders: 1,282 from 34 countries

Highest price achieved: Lot 1592 - 1953 MG TD – sold for £7,840

Surprise result of the sale: Lot 738 – Twenty-four Mighty Max pocket toys by Ideal.– sold for £270

Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 302 –Collection of Victorian police notebooks, original charge sheets and ephemera relating to Monmouthshire Constabulary and dating from 1867-1879. Two of the three notebooks mostly contain general orders to Police Stations (many named) throughout Monmouthshire, South Wales and beyond, stations mentioned include Abergavenny, Usk, Gloucester (spelled incorrectly), Hereford City, Abertillery, Pontypridd, Rhymney, Neath, Crickhowell, Raglan,– sold for £390 to a national library

The July auction at Harper Field was the second in our new saleroom, and featured specialist sections of classic cars, motorcycles & transport, toys, vinyl records, musical instrument, pictures & paintings, books, ephemera and stamps. 

The two highest selling cars were a 1953 MG TD and a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine, which despite being 'non-runners' and needing some TLC sold for £7,800 and £4,000 respectively, after lengthy bidding biding in the room, over the telephone and online. 

It wasn't just cars and motorcycles on offer -  there were over 100 lots of other transport related items. Two of the best performers amongst the railwayana were a British Railways 'Newbury' station sign that sold for £850 and a private collection of railway books that sold for over £2,500. A Niki Lauder Heuer clock in the form of a motor racing helmet also realised £200. 

The largest section within the auction was the toy section containing over 400 lots of diecast models, dolls, Teddy bears, action figures, model railway items, computer and video games, model kits and much more. Specialist Kris Ryan was particularly happy with the result for two Nintendo NES Zelda games - found in a box of items brought to one of our free valuation days they went on to sell to an internet bidder for £290.

The next toy auction is already filling up fast with over 300 lots already consigned, as well as an extremely large collection of over 1000 dolls including Sindy, Barbie, Sasha and similar. We are holding a specialist toy valuation day on the 22nd of August, so if you have any toys you are thinking of selling please call us to book an appointment for a free valuation.  

There were a number of notable results across the remaining specialist sections, including a pair of Tannoy speakers which sold for £1,500 and a 19thC double bass that sold for £490. In the book section 'New Designs in Architecture consisting of Plans, Elevations, and Sections for Various Buildings' sold for £600 and the ephemera section saw a collection of autograph books and signed pictures including pop stars, actors, DJs and sports stars sell for £4,700. 

The next auction at Harper Field will be on August 9th & 10th and includes guns and weapons, medals and militaria, bladed weapons, taxidermy and sporting and ceramics and glass.

We are currently still accepting items for our September auction, which will include jewellery, silver, watches and coins. 

If you are thinking of selling, please give us a call on 01453 873800 to book a valuation or just email and ask for advice from one of our specialists.

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