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From cars to clocks: June Fine Art Sale proves fast and furious

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The second Cuttlestones’ Fine Art sale of the 2015 calendar featured a number of unusual items alongside the more ‘traditional’ antiques which usually populate these showcase auctions – and buyers were once again out in force, leading to some standout hammer prices across the board.
One lot, in particular, that caused some fast and furious bidding on the day was 339: A 1973 FORD CORTINA 1600L IN DAYTONA YELLOW. Carrying 'L' registration and having had only one owner from new the car had been converted to unleaded petrol and, with approximately 19,000 miles came complete with log book, part service and repair history. Classic cars are not a usual feature of Fine Art Sales – however, they are extremely collectable in their own right and, following considerable interest prior to the sale, the yellow Cortina followed up on this early promise by achieving £2,280, inclusive of buyers’ premium.
Prior to this, the sale got off to flying start with the ever popular Vintage Clothing and Accessories section. Chief amongst the lots on offer here was 3: A RARE EXAMPLE OF AN 18CT GOLD TIPPED AND BANDED LADIES UMBRELLA BY 'S FOX & CO PARAGON', the mother of pearl handle featuring ornate 18ct gold finial and banding. With significant phone and internet interest the lot eventually sold for £720.
The top seller on the day, however, hailed from the Oil Paintings and Watercolours section. Lot 437: GEORGE TURNER (1843 – 1910). 'Lowering Heather – Barrow Derbyshire'; a framed oil on canvas, signed lower right, dated 1874 and inscribed verso drew plenty of interest upon publication of the catalogue. Despite having an area of paint loss to the right side and just to the right above the cattle, the painting achieved £2,520.
With the sale drawing to a close and time ticking on, lot 463: AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY OAK CASED GRANDMOTHER CLOCK triggered frantic end of bidding for the day with the successful bidder paying £1,440.
Elsewhere, lot 206: FIVE BOTTLES OF 1927 CRUSTED PORT, guided at £200-400, continued the popular trend in strong sales of wine and spirits at Fine Art auctions when they sold for £504. In addition, lot 369: A 19TH CENTURY VIZAGAPATAM STYLE WRITING SLOPE, with ivory panels depicting typical Roman scenes and inlaid foliate detail, the fixed slope with a pull out fitted drawer to the right side; smashed its estimate to sell for £1,560.
Full results from the Staffordshire auction house’s Friday 5th June Fine Art Sale – including hammer prices – are available online at For more information, call 01785 714905.
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