September Auction Report

14th September 2023 | Reading time: 3 mins

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September Auction Report

Date of auction: 13th & 14th September

Number of lots: 2113

Number of online bidders: 1,178 from 42 countries

Highest price achieved: Lot 2552 – Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner gentleman's wristwatch – sold for £26,750

Surprise result of the sale: Lot 2965 –A set of six Chinese 19thC porcelain cups and saucers decorated with immortals– sold for £3,400

Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 2525A – Cartier Art Deco ladies wristwatch previously the property of actress Marie Dainton – sold for £21,300

The September auction at Harper Field was once again a resounding success, with some remarkable prices achieved across the board in the specialist sections of watches, jewellery, silver, coins and clocks. The watches led the way with the top seven lots realising a combined hammer price of nearly £100,000 and many more lots selling for well above their expected estimates. Whilst the top brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Hublot headlined as expected, there were also some good results for the lesser known brands such as Seiko and Citizen as well as the pocket watches.  

The jewellery section of over 1100 lots was once again hugely successful, with an Art Deco platinum ring selling for double its estimate at £2,700 and an Arts & Crafts ring set with an opal cabochon selling for more than five times its estimate at £850.

The silver and bijouterie sections also saw some pleasant surprises, with a table lighter in the form of RMS Queen Mary selling for £790, an etui case realising £600 and a silver and enamel vesta case making £560 despite significant damage. Some excellent results were also achieved for other small collectibles including fountain pens, Mouseman bowls, sewing items and lighters.

The next auction at Harper Field will be on November 8th & 9th and includes guns and weapons, medals and militaria, bladed weapons, taxidermy and sporting and ceramics and glass. If you’ve never thought of buying at auction, why not come along to our public viewing day on Tuesday November 7th between 10am and 6pm? It’s surprisingly easy to bid and buy at auction, and Harper Field staff are all happy to guide you if you’re at all unsure.

Harper Field are one of the country’s leading specialist auctioneers of guns, weapons, medals & militaria, and we are always accepting entries for our calendar of forthcoming auctions featuring these sought after items. If you have something you may like to sell then please get in touch.

We are also still accepting items for our December 6th auction, which will once again include jewellery, silver, watches and coins with the addition of an extremely popular fine wines and spirits section. This auction always falls just before Christmas, so is popular with bidders looking to buy a unique gift. For this reason the auction fills up very quickly, so if you have any items to consign it is important to get them to us as soon as possible, and definitely before the end of October.

If you are thinking of selling, please give us a call on 01453 873800 to book a valuation appointment with one of our auctioneers or specialists. Alternatively you can always email images to for a quick and easy valuation