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Strong online and telephone bids ensure good prices across range of collectables

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West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones enjoyed strong performances across its entire catalogue in last Friday, 18th May’s Specialist Collectors’ Sale, with the majority of lots selling to bidders either on the phone or bidding live via the internet.


Toys, which made up a section just shy of 100 lots, sold particularly well and attracted a significant number of advance bids. Highlights in this section included lot 123, two trays of assorted diecast toys by Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox and others which sold for £350. The star lot in toys, however, had to be lot 118 – a Scalextric 007 James Bond racing set which, having garnered a host of enquiries and bids in the run-up to the sale, shattered its estimate of £100-£200 when it sold to a telephone bidder for £420; particularly impressive given the fact that the roof, figures and inner packing to the original box were missing.

Coins also proved popular, with a large number of bidders in the room vying for the key lots. The main performers here were lot 35, a 1798 Guinea of approximately 8.4g which sold for £500 and lot 18, an Isle of Man 1973 gold £5 coin which achieved £1000.

Philatelists were also out in force, with many lots in the stamp section exceeding their estimated values. One standout lot that caused considerable excitement both within the room and also amongst the telephone and internet bidders was lot 279, an Ideal stamp album containing foreign stamps to 1914. With some later examples added and strong European specimens from France, Germany, Belgium and other countries in addition to some from South America, the hammer finally fell at £1500.

As is becoming something of a theme in Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ Sales the Miscellanea and Ephemera section provided some fascinating lots, which sparked furious bidding on the internet. These included lot 308, a box of theatre ephemera including posters, programmes, flyers, costume design pictures, a signed Joos ballet programme, postcards and photos sold for £350.

Lot 435 caused a real bidding war between three telephone contenders. A bleached turtle shell with painted decoration of a ship in full sail and emblazoned with the legend ‘H.M.S. Beagle at the Galapagos Islands 1835. Robert Fitzroy Captain, Charles Darwin Naturalist’, the lot eventually went to a UK bidder for £1200, despite heavyweight competition from Italy.

The final lot of special note was number 476, a George III brass ‘Culpepper’ type microscope in a Mahogany case. Carrying noticeable damage, it generated a good deal of interest and sold for an impressive £800.

Wolverhampton Sale Room Manager, Tom Waldron, says:

Once again, a great result with particularly strong sales via the phone and the internet. The number of lots selling to International bidders, particularly those within the miscellaneous and ephemera sections, proves the scope these sales have to reach even the most niche of collector audiences, wherever they may be in the world.

Full results from Cuttlestones’ Friday, 18th May Specialist Collectors’ Auction are available online at To arrange a valuation, or to consign goods to forthcoming sales, call 01902 421985.

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