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Collectors clamour for lots at February specialist collectors’ auction

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With over 900 lots in the catalogue and the highest number of registered online bidders recorded before any Cuttlestones sale to date, our 28th February Specialist Collectors’ Auction looked set to be a corker. And it certainly didn’t disappoint; with strong performances across a diverse range sections covering everything from coins and militaria through transport memorabilia, arts and entertainment, toys, tribal art – and pretty much everything in between.

 
The first of the real highlights were seen in the coins section; with two lots that had generated considerable interest in the press and on social media ahead of the sale leading the field. Lot 63, a very rare Roman issue coin marking the reign of the obscure Emperor “Laecianus” – whose reign lasted just a few months during AD268 – sold to a commission bidder for £900, while a London mint silver groat hailing from the reign of Richard III (lot 64) sold for £400 to a bidder on the internet.
 
Another lot that was the subject of much interest by the local press in the run up to the sale was a collection of WWI medals and ephemera relating to a Wolverhampton soldier. Including a sought-after George VI first type Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) a local bidder in the room fought off stiff competition from the internet and commission bids to secure lot 77 for £1,700.
 
Elsewhere, a few ‘sleepers’ cropped up – including lot 254: three Victorian scrap albums together with another album, which smashed its estimate of £40-60 with an internet bid of £600.
 
Another surprise came from the transport memorabilia section, which contained a number of lots relating to local interest buses – in particular, the green buses which operated in and around Cannock Chase in the 1960s and 70s. Whilst all lots performed well, the highlight was lot 392 – a collection of tickets, including unused reels, and other ephemera – which attracted furious bidding from two room buyers, with the hammer eventually going down to the winning bid of £1,100.
 
Finally, the stand-out lot from the Entertainment Memorabilia section was 606: a collection of mid-19th Century local interest theatre posters which, despite being in need of professional restoration, went to a buyer in the room for £420.
 
Consignments are now being taken for our next Specialist Collectors’ Auction, which will take place on Friday, 9th May 2014. To arrange an appointment for the valuation of lots you may be interested in consigning to the sale, call 01902 421985 or email [email protected]
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