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Lots with local interest bring the bidders out in force at Wolverhampton auction rooms

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Lots with local interest bring the bidders out in force at Wolverhampton auction rooms

Friday 13th October proved lucky for many at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, with lots of local interest proving particularly popular in its most recent Specialist Collectors Sale.

The star lot of the ‘Black Country’ contingent has to be Lot 235 – a 1930s album of photographs relating to the Sunbeam motor company which had its works in the Moorfields area of Blakenhall. In addition to the album there are other Sunbeam photos, books and an information sheet – possibly from Birmingham-based Goodyear – regarding car steering. The hammer eventually fell at an impressive £850.

Another piece of local history to perform well was Lot 151 – a copy of John Parkes’ 1915 ‘A History of Tipton (Staffordshire). One of only 100 copies ever printed this example carries No. 16 and a certificate on endpaper to 'Councillor Thomas Chalstrey, Dudley Road, Tipton'. Together with a copy of F. W. Hackwood – 'History of Tipton' facsimile limited edition edited by Alan A. Vernon 2001 the lot fetched £95.

The final local interest high flier came in the form of ever-popular football memorabilia. Anything relating to Wolverhampton Wanderers tends to get local bidders hot under the collar – and  Lot 228 was no exception – a collection of items including a Football League Cup Semi-final programme 5th May 1945 Wolves v Bolton Wanderers 1935 FA Cup Final ticket stub, Director's Box complimentary tickets 11.4.1959 W.B.A. v Newcastle, various other 1950s and later domestic and international programmes, photographs, newspaper cuttings etc – it achieved £75.

And it wasn’t just local lots that stood out in what proved a high-performing sale. The biggest surprise of the day came in the form of Lot 83 – a pair of early 19th Century small hand-coloured children’s books. Entitled 'The Moving Market; or, Cries of London' 1817 and 'Marshall's First Book for Children' 1818, both printed by John Marshall together with an eighteenth century dictionary missing its front cover and title pages, sold phone lines.

Lot 370, meanwhile, proves that items don’t necessarily need to be in good condition to be saleable. A Porzellen Fabrik “Princess Elizabeth’ Burggrub bisque-headed doll with jointed body, sleeping eyes and open mouth showing four teeth, marked “Made in Germany” sold for £75 despite its arms being detached and some damage to the right ear.

Finally, a large collection of Matchbox, Corgi and Dinky boxed cars split into smaller lots performed exceptionally well – highlights being Lot 273 – approximately 70 carded 1970s Corgi Juniors, together with approximately 40 boxed Majorette Diecast Vehicles which fetched £800 and Lot 286 – 30 boxed Matchbox 75 Superfast diecast vehicles that sold for £320.

Ever-popular among collectors, comic books also performed exceptionally well. Examples include Lot 68 ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ Silver Age comic issue #UK price edition, featuring the character 'Dr Doom', which went for £100 and Lot 72, a collection of Silver Age ‘The Avengers’ comics – including issue #1 UK price edition, issues #11 and 61 US price edition with UK price stamp, together with a 1974 issue of 'The Avengers staring Shang-Chi Master of Kung-Fu' #39 – which sold for £800. Sale room manager, Rich Forrester, says:

“Specialist Collectors’ Sales are always hugely diverse – there is a collectors’ market out there for almost anything; from toys to industrial memorabilia – and pretty much everything in between! Many people would be surprised, however, at quite how much collectors are willing to pay for items of local interest – from old photos to business ephemera and sporting memorabilia – it’s well worth digging out what you have in the loft; something your grandparents kept hold of from their old workplace could be worth hundreds if not thousands of pounds – but the only way to be truly sure of the best price is to take it to a reputable auction house which will be accustomed to reaching bidders in these niche markets.”

Cuttlestones in now taking consignments for its next Specialist Collectors’ Sale on Friday 15th December. For a free, no obligation valuation head to the Clarence Street sale room any Monday or Tuesday between 9am and 5pm – alternatively email photos to [email protected].


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